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Otherworld Hardcover – October 31, 2017
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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.
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There was too much stretching the imagination. Fiction readers are happy to set aside a certain amount of disbelief, this story pushes that a little too far. Maybe it's because I program computers and have studied AI, this is not how it works. While there is a danger with AI, it's not represented accurately here. The dangers of spending too much time online are well represented in this book though and I was impressed at the lack of sugar coating.
Another thing that bothered me was the self confidence of the protagonist. His description of himself is not flattering in the least but he is very confident and doesn't seem to mind that he's not in any way hot. I've never met a young man that age that was that confident. During the teen years, every flaw is magnified, it takes time for young people to gain that kind of confidence.
Overall, despite the somewhat unrealistic AI and protagonist, this is a well written book. The story is solid. It's a part of a series or will be. The loose ends that had to be tied up at the end were, but some threads were left open for a sequel.
I want to say how much I enjoyed this book. It kept me engaged throughout. However, I wish the protagonists were a little deeper. The few "flaws" they had served only to make them more adorable. On the other hand, sometimes the story itself is just complicated and suspenseful enough that you don't also need the characters' likeability quotients added to the mystery.
Final verdict: enjoyable read. Not super challenging and appropriate for middle school on up.
Everybody knows about the ACTING careers of its young cast, but how about the WRITING?
Consider: John Francis Daley became such a successful screenwriter that he quit a high rated TV series (Bones)
Seth Rogen, if he never does another thing, developed "Preacher", easily one of the best series on cable
And James Franco, who has had what might be called a "spotty" writing/directing career thus far, but one that could NEVER be called boring or mundane
Which brings us to the work of Jason Segel
Forget "How I Met Your Mother" and remember "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Muppet Movie" and, on the page and off the screen, the "Nightmares" series he co-authored with Kirsten Miller and which is one of the few spooky series for kids that comes real close to, and on occasion surpasses "Goosebumps"
And NOW remember, for an older (YA) audience this latest Segel/Miller opus, which deals (and yes, not the first to do so) with a VR system wherein the R becomes frighteningly overpowering to the V
This is one thrill ride you won't want to get off of, but, if you're a fan of the genre, will have no problem getting off on