Otherworld is the first book in a new YA series. Told in the first person from the perspective of unlikely hero Simon, this book moved from intriguing, to annoying, to attention-grabbing in the first few chapters.
Authors Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Kristen Miller have created a world within the world. Otherworld is supposed to be a virtual reality video game with cutting-edge technology created by The Company. The program is designed to allow people to live the life they have always dreamed of living. Even companionship is possible in this ideal world.
A seemingly freak accident places Simmon’s best friend Kat in the hospital, and his refusal to leave her side reveals there is more to The Company than a digital game developer. And much more to Otherworld than a fun game.
Simmon is faced with the chance to save Kat, but will his stay focused long enough to do so? With the help of The Clay Man (identify unknown) Simmon is forced to fight his natural instincts and trust strangers with his life.
Along the way, Otherworld reveals the depths of human nature in all its glory. Gluttony, greed, deception. Will Simmon stay focused on the mission or become distracted by Otherworld’s design.
I found this book to be an excellent commentary on human instinct and nature wrapped in a unique and creative story. Since this is told in the first person from the mind of an almost 20-year-old man the constant references to sex and sexual thoughts, especially in the first few chapters, make this a book not suitable for all readers. This is unfortunate as I was hoping my seventh grader would be able to read these. There are so few great series out there for guys.
Nothing is vulgar, but it seems a bit overkill to make the point Simmon is a guy. The character Simmon thinks about sex and hints at sex repeatedly. The people he encounters also don’t seem to be able to keep themselves from blurting sexual thoughts out loud. This may be how guys talk when they are sitting around, but it takes away from an otherwise excellent story and certainly isn’t something we will encourage. Thankfully, as the meat of the plot deepens the sexual banter ends.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free copy of this book via Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed are my own.