Series: Otherworld #1
Published by Rock the Boat on October 31st 2017
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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.
Books and movies about virtual reality, robots, next level of consciousness, AI etc etc are my catnip! Most likely because it scares the crap out of me how technology is taking over and I want to be prepared for when Skynet comes online or I spot WALL-E scooting on by!
When I read the synopsis for OTHERWORLD I knew it was right up my street and boy, it didn’t disappoint. When the mysterious organisation known simply as “The Company” (which has just the slightest air of malfeasance about it) launches their brand new VR tech based on a 90s game called Otherworld, and is next level graphics and sensory input that fools the brain into believing it is touching, tasting, hearing and smelling exactly what it is seeing. Naturally the technology is addicting and our protagonist Simon is no different to anyone else, he’ll do whatever is necessary to get his hands on it including stealing his mom’s credit card to bankroll his hijinks. When his best friend is injured and the only way she can communicate is through this virtual reality, the game becomes more important than ever to Simon as he sets upon a quest to uncover the truth behind Otherworld, the White City and the motives of “The Company”.
The world building of this book is incredible and by far my favourite aspect. Nothing was left to chance, the descriptions are visceral, the scenery, the ethics, the social structure, it’s all fabulously depicted. It’s not surprising that it would be such a draw for the inhabitants of this book.
It’s definitely a more plot driven book than character based. I never really connected with any of the characters but because of the adventure and action that captured my imagination and kept me guessing throughout all the twists and turns it didn’t bother me too much however it would be nice to see them fleshed out in future books.
A startling look at the effects of technology and the possible road humanity is taking in the future, Otherworld was a roller-coaster of fun, mystery, adventure and action that will leave the reader breathless and wanting more. A fab start to a series I think can run and run and I look forward to the next installment! Check it out!