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Published by Delacorte Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
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.
This story revolves around a rich, spoiled teen named Simon. He makes all the wrong decisions and wastes all his privileges (getting kicked out of private schools, etc.) to stalk a girl in real life and in virtual gaming worlds. In one scene, he goes on about women’s rights when two girls talk badly about his girl, so he threatens to leak their nudes.
Simon: Don’t call the girl, my friend—that I stalk—a slut.
Girls: Okay. Whatev. Go away.
Simon: I care so much for women’s rights and so should you or I’ll leak your nudes from your hacked phones because, of course, you shouldn’t have something on there that you don’t want public.
It’s written in such a smug way like you’re supposed to agree with Simon. Well, no applause from me. He’s gross.
Maybe male protagonists are not for me. I just don’t like constant references to junk and objectification of just about every female character introduced. Women have boobs (such amaze!!), I get it.
It’s also annoying how one-track minded he is. Everyone could die and he doesn’t care as long as it’s not Kat, his dream girl. But later he gets mad that the Company doesn’t mind people dying as long as research benefits from it. He was just as willing to do the same to save one person.
“But let’s be honest: I don’t give a damn about hundreds. Right now, all I care about his one” (223).
That’s the whole book. A selfish slimy prick wanting to be near a girl at all costs. Sure, he’s saving her (she was doing well on her own actually)—but ugh. Kat deserves better.
Bonus tidbit: “I don’t care what she wants; I will not let her die” (324).
Of course not. None of this has been about what she wants. To be an important character, this book has little of what Kat wants.
Apart from all this, this book really has nothing original in the gaming aspect. It’s been done before and it could have benefited a lot having a character that was at least half as annoying as Simon. The Company bad guys are also the typical run-of-the-mill villains you’ve seen before. Give them a Russian or vague Eastern European sounding accent and you’ve got a bad Sci-Fi channel movie.