Otherworld (Last Reality Series #1)

Otherworld (Last Reality Series #1)

by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller


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“Full of high stakes, thrillers, and fantastic twists and turns, fans of Ready Player One are sure to love this addictive read.” —BuzzFeed

“A potent commentary on how much we’re willing to give up to the lure of technology.” —EW
"A fantastic journey from start to finish." —Hypable

New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller imagine a world in which you can leave your body behind and give in to your greatest desires in the first book in a fast-paced trilogy perfect for fans of the hit HBO show Westworld and anyone interested in the terrifying possibilities of the future of technology.

That’s how Otherworld traps you. It introduces you to sensations you’d never be able to feel in real life. You discover what’s been missing—because it’s taboo or illegal or because you lack the guts to do it for real. And when you find out what’s missing, it’s almost impossible to let it go again.

There are no screens. There are no controls. You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too. In this new reality, there are no laws to break or rules to obey. You can live your best life. Indulge every desire.

This is Otherworlda virtual reality game so addictive you’ll never want it to end. And Simon has just discovered that for some, it might not.

The frightening future that Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have imagined is not far away. Otherworld asks the question we'll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

“An engaging VR cautionary tale.” —The A.V. Club

"[A] fast-paced adventure." Publishers Weekly

"Authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller keep the action nonstop.Shelf Awareness

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101939352
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Last Reality Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 75,304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jason Segel is an actor, a writer, and an author. Segel wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and co-wrote Disney’s The Muppets, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Segel’s film credits include The End of the Tour; I Love You, Man; Jeff Who Lives at Home; Knocked Up; and The Five-Year Engagement. On television, Segel starred on How I Met Your Mother as well as Freaks and Geeks. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Nightmares! series—Nightmares!; Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic; Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby; and Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them. Otherworld is his first novel for young adults. Follow Jason on Twitter at @JasonSegel.
Kirsten Miller lives and writes in New York City. She is the author of the acclaimed Kiki Strike books, the New York Times bestseller The Eternal Ones, and How to Lead a Life of Crime. Otherworld is the fifth novel Kirsten has written with Jason Segel. You can visit her at kirstenmillerbooks.com or follow @bankstirregular on Twitter.

Read an Excerpt

There are guys online who swear it was heaven. They still sit around like a bunch of old geezers, swapping tales of epic storms, monstrous beasts and grisly battles. Talk to any gamer in his twenties and at some point he’ll say it: “You’re too young to get it. You never saw Other­world.”

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Otherworld (Otherworld Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for the next book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this adventure going back and forth from one reality to another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great theme, exploring the gaming world. Good character development and a fun story. It started out a little slow because t really picked up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me right away. The only bad thing is I have to wait so long for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Story and visual journey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book couldn't put it down once I started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was slightly interesting but end with no real conclusion other than a mild cliffhanger to make you buy the next installment. Weak move
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
If you or your kids are into computer games, you’ll know the AI just keeps getting better; the bots act just that bit more human; the graphics feels more real… the voices… And then there’s VR technology that lets us turn around and see the (imaginary) world where we might like to stand… How long before the technology lets us touch and taste it as well? In Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s Otherworld, that time has arrived. Technology leaps forward to promise an experience so real it will almost feel… real. A convincing first person narrator is understandably excited to enter this great new experience, though his real world, with plenty of money but not so much care and control, leaves much to be desired. Most of all, Simon’s just growing into desire for the girl next door, and first love hurts—all the more when Kat gets hurt. Tough choices are hard enough to make in the real world. But reality’s blurred in Simon’s environment. Technology can lie, and so can kids and adults. The result is a thought-provoking read, asking questions of morality, reality and more. What makes a life worth saving, worth living, worth more than just hard cash? And what makes choices good and bad? Otherworld has all the excitement of a scyfy adventure and the evocative emotions of teen romance, plus mystery, plus intriguing imaginary characters, not too distant future scenarios, and a great storyline. I really enjoyed it as a standalone novel, and I’m looking forward to finding out more in the next book. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Otherworld is the first book in a new YA series. The story mainly takes place inside a virtual reality game. It’s told in the first person by a wisecracking, rebellious, no nonsense Simon, whose main distinguishing feature is a very large proboscis. Simon is on a mission to save his best friend and one true love, Kat, no matter what the cost. This book will transport you to a whole other world, a world that is both exotic and fraught with danger. Well plotted, this action packed volume is thoroughly engrossing. It’s a timely and thought provoking story. Tech fans and gamers will enjoy this as well as anyone who appreciates biting humor.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Content warning: Violence, homicide Otherworld will appeal to Westworld fans (I haven't seen the show but the premise sounds similar) in that it contains a simulated world where our characters visit. In the story, the namesake game is a virtual reality world run on anarchy, and where our main character has to find his best friend who is trapped. It relies on the cliche of an evil corporation with 'good intentions', and a lot of secrecy tying it all up. Simon starts getting suspicious about the 'experimental treatment' being offered to his best friend Kat, when it seems too coincidental for a lot of people to be admitted to the same. He goes poking around in Otherworld to find her, but has to cross the various realms created there to reach her, and realizes how much more complex this world was than advertised. The key point of the book is Otherworld, itself, even though the real world also has a bearing on it. Inside Otherworld, pockets of code have gone rogue, and the initial parameters on which the virtual world was built has changed. It plays with the idea of what is real, what is sentience, and how deeply connected they can be yet can be divorced from each other merely by the origin of the thing in question. The realms felt like they were designed in accordance with the Seven Deadly Sins (or at least the bad impulses in humans) and well, from there it is obvious why the concept of Otherworld as a game would have failed in their world. The Otherworld is in upheaval not just because of anarchy, but because this anarchy affects others. It also makes a study of how the worst human impluses unleashed can bring down civilization, and how too much free will can damage a utopia. If you had a world to unleash all your desires without consequence, how much would you let yourself go? Simon, however, feels separate from the cause of the Otherworld population - his goal throughout the book is to only save Kat. He doesn't feel very developed beyond the cursory attachment of his to her, and that being the driving force for his decisions. His concern for the people of Otherworld seems superficial, and it is never made clear why he considers only one part of them to be worth saving. (view spoiler) The characterization is where I feel the book could have improved upon - it is not bad, but it feels lacking in an otherwise richly constructed book. The ending was sort of abrupt, but I am looking forward to further stories in the series. Overall, it is a vividly imagined book, with a good plot and decent writing. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Oneworld Publications, via Netgalley.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have some mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand there are some superb elements that drew me in and worked great. On the other hand there were elements of the plot that were predictable, a bit boring and just not that interesting. I enjoyed the virtual world and technology aspects of the book and found the way that the world the authors created here was fascinating. The parts of the book that took place in reality though were the parts were I found myself wanting to skim because for the most part I knew what was going to happen. Despite that I did enjoy the book. The writing and pacing were well done and the virtual world and elements of the plot that took place there were enough to keep me reading. I will probably pick up book two but it isn’t a must read for me.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
In Short: This book was BRILLIANT – filled with a plot structure that kept evolving, brave and lifelike characters and a virtual reality game that was more real than virtual. It was fast paced, filled with twists and a changing environment and unlike anything I’ve ever read. There are so many reasons why you should already be holding Otherworld in your arms, including: 1. SIMON EATON: Within the first few chapters, I was ALREADY in love with Simon Eaton, the protagonist. He was reckless and ruthless in this world and Otherworld and unflinchingly loyal to the girl he loved. I loved his courage, his ability to brave any situation but most of all, his readiness to go to the ends of this Earth and a virtual reality for a girl he loved. He was a BRILLIANT character, deep and I loved every second of his three hundred plus page narration. 2. OTHERWORLD: This world- the virtual reality people could step into was a whole other level of insane. I thought this book would be about an unreal life in a very believable video game made to satisfy your every desire BUT IT WASN’T. Otherworld was about how a virtual reality game took a life of its own, a conspiracy, survival, love, loyalty, secrets and human nature and so different from anything I’ve ever read before. 3. THE EVOLVING PLOT STRUCTURE: The plot of Otherworld is something I marvelled. It was a little confusing at first when Simon put on a disk and entered the game instead of a headset, with the Children and the realms but that was one of the biggest mysteries and best parts of this BRILLIANT BOOK. We move from the real world to Otherworld and inside Otherworld itself, we switch between realms that people virtually settle in to indulge in their desires and I LOVED IT ALL. I loved the conspiracy, the characters, the pace – EVERYTHING. 4. THE PACE AND THE DIMENSIONS: Otherworld was FAST paced. There was never a dull moment, and the story kept moving and moving until we reached the end. Otherworld itself was filled with so many different dimensions – ones that revolved around rage, desire, greed and others, ruled by Elementals and it was BRILLIANT. The pace is also unrelenting and it just keeps going and I loved it. 5. KAT, BUSARA, CAROLE, GOROG AND EVERYONE ELSE: As much as I LOVED Simon, I also loved all of the other secondary characters especially Kat. They were fully rounded and flawed characters with their own desires that hit you in the face as you read through the book. I loved Busara and I’m very excited to see where the next book takes us with her. Otherworld is a high stakes BRILLIANT fast paced novel centred around a more real than virtual virtual reality game that will keep you on the edge of your seat and you will love every minute of it. 4.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, fun, suspenseful. While reading this book I can Invision this technology just around the corner in the "real world". I will be waiting with great excitement.