Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller – A Book Review
The concept of virtual reality is something that I have always been interested in, so I was very excited to escape into the land of Otherworld. While this book was very difficult to put down, there are still some things that I didn’t like about this novel. I’ll be starting without the good first and end with the not so good.
Warning: This review may contain spoilers.
Here is a little bit about the book:
The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
What I Liked
Despite how annoying the main character could be, there were things that I did like about this book.
The main thing that I absolutely loved was the Otherworld itself. It showed that on the outside it appeared to be like an ordinary game that you could escape to in order to avoid reality, but as the story goes on more is revealed about Otherworld and the creatures that inhabit it. The creatures themselves have feelings and thoughts of their own, so everything the player does can essentially affect a real living being.
Simon witnessed firsthand how cruel a person can be when they think that their actions have no real-world consequences. Players murder and steal without a second thought. They let their dark side show and indulge in fantasies that would be frowned upon in reality.
The unruly behavior of every player is easily brought out once they believe they are completely anonymous, which is something that real people can relate to. I’ve noticed it myself that it’s easier for people to be harsh when they are safe behind a screen.
What I Disliked
I love anything to do with virtual reality, so of course, when I heard about this book I had to read it. Unfortunately, what I got was a book about a spoiled brat named Simon that only cares about saving his hot lady friend, Kat. Even after witnessing the horrible things that are being done to hundreds of innocent people, Simon still only has Kat on his mind.
I was hoping that as the story progressed Simon would realize that the issue was bigger than himself and decide to save more than just Kat, but that never happened. He continued to be selfish throughout the book without taking a moment to reflect on how he was acting.
Another thing that bothered me about the main character is his violent tendencies that are rarely justified. He will go on talking about not wanting to kill anyone in the game in case they could actually die in real life but then proceeds to turn around and kill a player before determining if there was a possibility of them dying in real life.
Overall the story itself wasn’t bad. The characters themselves were pretty static and I didn’t feel like any of them developed in any way throughout the course of the entire book. None of the twists were that surprising and it felt like a lot of other “technology is bad” type of stories that I have read before.
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