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Monday, 31 July 2017

Otherworld

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

   Simon and Kat are best friends, or at least they were until around 16 months ago. Simon moved away, and when he returned, Kat was different...
   The Company has just released a new VR app. One so immersive you will never want to leave...
   Then, when Kat is found in a coma after an illegal party she is diagnosed with locked in syndrome. The Company offer her a way out, a way that she can live inside the virtual reality app that they have created. Simon thinks there is a hitch. He wants to try it, make sure it is safe for his friend, but when he gets the chance, he finds out much more than he bargained for...

   I could hardly put Otherworld down!!! I was literally reading it everywhere, on the bus, at the playground, whilst I was walking and in shops. What was so captivating was that there was new action around pretty much every corner. You couldn't put it down because there was never a moment where you wanted to put it, you were never bored. I loved the plot as AI and VR are both subjects that I am greatly interested in! The equipment was well thought up, as it was advanced enough to seem different and better, and yet it was not so crazily extreme that you couldn't believe in it. I can easily see something like Otherworld happening in the next few decades, maybe sooner. Having read the book, I can say that is a scary thought. First person worked, probably because over half of the book took place in Simons head. Anything else would have just been weird!

   The thing that could have been worked on was the love story between Simon and Kat. Whilst many characters said that Simon obviously loved Kat, you didn't really feel that in the way he talked about her until way into the book. You knew that they were friends, but you didn't realise that they liked each other in that sense. There could have been a little more love in his thoughts.

I'm going to give it an 8/10
And an age rating of 13+