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Synopsis:

“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.”

Review:

This book was an interesting one.

I had been seeing this book making its way around BookTube since it was released and for some reason it always caught my eye. I had first seen it at the BookSpolison’s page (run by JessetheReader, Katytastic, and PolandBananasBooks on YouTube) back in December and at that time, I had no idea of what it was about. Then I saw one of the bookclubs that I follow pick it as their group for a read-a-thon they were doing back in December and it made me even more intrigued.

When I finally picked it up, I learned a lot about things that only my brother knew about. AKA video games.

As someone who hasn’t been into the world of video games since my early teenage years, I went in not knowing too much about that world. Yes, I have played MMO (massively multiplayer online) games in the past (they are literally my addiction) but that was about it as far as my knowledge and experience when it comes to video games.

I learned so much after reading this book.

Starting off with the characters, I think Simon was a very interesting character to read from. Seeing the world of Otherworld through his eyes was interesting. His interactions with the other characters made the plot somewhat gripping. Though he used video game terms that I didn’t understand at first, I grew to learn and understand them over the course of the book. A very interesting main character.

As far as the romance aspects, I enjoyed them when they were prominent. It wasn’t front and center like most romances in Science Fiction books that I have read. I got just enough of it to make me happy. Seeing Simon do anything in his power to save the life of his love interest was heartwarming. I can’t wait to see it develop over the course of the rest of the series.

Going into a plot, my thoughts on this aspect of the book are kind of all over the place. I enjoyed it for the most part. Segel and Miller were able to created a very engaging plot that I enjoyed but at the same time, I felt the pacing of the book was a little too slow for my personal taste. It took a while for the action to kick in and for the first half of the book, I found it to be incredibly slow. I usually like a fast moving plot and that just wasn’t the case for me for most of the book. When the action did finally kick in, I couldn’t put the book down. This book’s plot was one hell of a rollercoaster ride for me.

Overall, this book had it’s ups and downs for me but I made for a great story. I actually enjoyed the rollercoaster of a ride for the most part. This book definitely left on a great cliff-hanger and I’m excited to see what it will happen in the sequel.

RATING: 4/5

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