A new review has been a long time coming. I do apologize for not putting something up sooner but “adulting” really sucks some times. Luckily it has not stopped me from reading non-stop so I have quite a few of these to write. I figured there was no better place to start then with a series I just began.
I seem to be on a virtual reality/video-game book kick at the moment. Let’s start with OTHERWORLD and OTHEREARTH for this post. Thanks to the #arcsfortrade tag on Twitter, I was able to obtain advanced review copies of both books. While OTHERWORLD has already released, OTHEREARTH is not yet out. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait much longer as it has a release date of October 30th. I promise not to spoil anything for you.
Let me start by saying yes I am still a gamer though I do not get to play nearly as much as I would like nowadays. Life and sleep just seem to keep interrupting my gaming and reading. However, as a gamer I fell in love with this series from the get go. When you are dealing with a setting in which a game is at the forefront of the story one cannot help but be reminded of Ready Player One. While these books are not set in a future as bleak as RPO, the world is no less scary but for other reasons.
Here you have characters that are easy to love and others that are easy to hate. Couple that with a good story and a setting that you can easily picture as reality and you have a book you do not want to put down. I finished both books way too quickly, as I often do when I fall for a book/series. At the end of OTHEREARTH I did not want to say goodbye to the characters. A sign that yes, I will eagerly be anticipating the conclusion to the series where I undoubtedly once again will not want to say goodbye at the end.
If you wanted me to nitpick a little I would say that Kat was used as goal rather than the powerful character she turns out to be in OTHERWORLD and then in OTHEREARTH. However, you get pieces of who Kat really is along the way. Continue reading and you are rewarded with the development of the character in a very successful way.
The kicker for me here is that the situation presented in both books is not something so far out in left field that I could never see it happening. You have your juvenile delinquent supposed to be hero looking to try to save his best friend when he realizes the all-powerful Company has lied about its new state-of-the-art technology. Self-tasked to try to save his best friend, Simon dives into Otherworld, a virtual reality game created by a child prodigy full of pretty much exactly what you would expect; castles, animals, monsters and people living out their every fantasy no matter how sick and twisted it might be.
Is Simon truly “The One” as he is being tabbed by those inside and outside the game of OTHERWORLD? Can the Company be stopped? Just how far will a company go and what kind of sacrifices will it make in order to develop what it considers the future of technology? Find out in OTHERWORLD and soon in OTHEREARTH.
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