Otherworld is basically Ready Player One (for millenials) mixed with The Hunger Games. The story follows Simon, a teenager who becomes extremely interested in a new VR game called Otherworld. One day, though, the girl he loves is in an accident and is unwillingly placed in a beta test for a new VR experience that could change the world (for better or worse). He decides to save her after receiving the technology to do so, and encounters obstacles that test his resolve and change his outlook on life.
This is a fun, yet flawed, novel. The writing is fast-paced and accessible, and the action is superb. Yet the main character Simon is incredibly annoying and constantly points out how hot/well-endowed females are (at least for the first half of the book), and the ending definitely sets up the plot for the next book in the series, which left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, but I did enjoy the world that Segel and Miller created.
This isn’t a mind-blowing read, but it’s definitely an adrenaline ride. If you’re looking to read something that will take you to another world and allow you to escape for a little while, Otherworld will satiate your desires. It’s just not very memorable, and there’s not enough time devoted to the characters themselves.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.