Otherworld (Otherworld, #1)
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.

Otherworld (Otherworld, #1) Details

TitleOtherworld (Otherworld, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781101939321
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction

Otherworld (Otherworld, #1) Review

  • Taschima
    January 1, 1970
    This actually sounds interesting...
  • Jessica Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    My oh my. What a deliciously dark ride of a novel this was! Segel and Miller have created a cautionary tale of what happens when we allow technology to rule our lives, and let me tell you: it ain't pretty. Full of twists and turns, I was so invested into this story that I couldn't put it down. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. When I thought I had everything figured out, the authors pull the rug out from around me. Even after finishing this, I am still not sure whether I know what is happen My oh my. What a deliciously dark ride of a novel this was! Segel and Miller have created a cautionary tale of what happens when we allow technology to rule our lives, and let me tell you: it ain't pretty. Full of twists and turns, I was so invested into this story that I couldn't put it down. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. When I thought I had everything figured out, the authors pull the rug out from around me. Even after finishing this, I am still not sure whether I know what is happening or who even to trust, but hey. It'll get me ready for book 2! All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I cannot wait for others to read it!
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    What a wild ride.This read like it took vibes from other stories (Warcross, Ready Player One, Hunger Games, Rule of Mirrors) and mixed them together to make something else. I actually enjoyed this and am excited to see how the rest of the series plays out. No pun intended.
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  • Sifra (brilliant bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    *Review coming
  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always looking for books which the gamer guys, the Ready Player One guys will enjoy, this book fits the bill really well. In the same way as RPO you are immersed in the game with competing with other players. You've left your body behind and you are in the virtual reality of a world which feels completely real. It is very cleverly done, scene after scene with a very real feeling, an almost breathless ride, action pushing forward all the time. There is a lot of tension between the characters, I'm always looking for books which the gamer guys, the Ready Player One guys will enjoy, this book fits the bill really well. In the same way as RPO you are immersed in the game with competing with other players. You've left your body behind and you are in the virtual reality of a world which feels completely real. It is very cleverly done, scene after scene with a very real feeling, an almost breathless ride, action pushing forward all the time. There is a lot of tension between the characters, mystery and mayhem are all taking place in a breathless rush.There is such a lot going on that it gets a bit relentless at times. It has a feel of a book which is written for a specific audience and which nails that well, but at the same time there is a slight feeling of emptiness. Maybe the characters could have been developed a bit more. Simon's obsession at all costs, even to constantly endangering his life for the sake of his friend are at times unbelievable. There is a huge conspiracy, bad doctors and dodgy hospitals all over the place, Simon in in the game and trying to save his friend. There is a lot going on. I got a bit over the relentless struggles inside the game but I can imagine that these would be thrilling for the target audience of teenage boys. Given it is labelled #1 it is obvious there is going to be another and I'll definitely be buying this for our library. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me access to this title.
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  • Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    Great start to a series! Excited to see where it goes in book 2.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Intense. And with serious shadings of Dante. Also: am I supposed to want to bring violent death to every single villain in the story? Not just defeat them, but actually take them apart piece by piece until they understand viscerally why they should value every single human life?We'll see if I'm up for the sequel when it hits the shelves....
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining, but I'm starting to think I read way too much, because nothing seems new to me. The entire time I was reading this, I kept thinking of Tad Williams's Otherland series (yeah, even the titles are similar) and Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and even Marie Lu's upcoming Warcross. It just felt too much like enthusiastic, well-written fanfic rather than a unique, original story.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    Ooo, this was really cool! It reminded me a lot of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I thought it was brilliant, in a creepy yet wonderful way. Can't wait for book 2!
  • Michelle Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Really suspenseful and highly imaginative. I enjoyed this so so much. Can't wait for #2!
  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Book one of the Otherworld series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller was a book I dove into not really knowing what to expect. I love a good science fiction story and this one takes the reader on quite a ride. Jumping from real world to Otherworld, the story follows the main character, Simon, on his quest to save the girl he loves as well as figure out what really is going on with some shady characters.Simon is the main character and I liked him. He grew up in a house where his parents weren’t ve Book one of the Otherworld series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller was a book I dove into not really knowing what to expect. I love a good science fiction story and this one takes the reader on quite a ride. Jumping from real world to Otherworld, the story follows the main character, Simon, on his quest to save the girl he loves as well as figure out what really is going on with some shady characters.Simon is the main character and I liked him. He grew up in a house where his parents weren’t very present and were more concerned about their reputations and careers than they were for their son. Because of this, Simon did whatever he could to escape and when he met Kat, they became inseparable. After being sent to boarding school and ultimately being kicked out, his relationship with both his parents and Kat suffered. The problem was, he had no idea why Kat was avoiding him and he was going to find out.When Simon learns he can try out the new Otherworld 2.0 by downloading the app and buying the special headset, he makes a point of buying a set for Kat in the hopes that they can connect up in Otherworld and he can figure out what is going on. What Simon doesn’t expect is that there is something more going down in Otherworld and while he does run into Kat there, it doesn’t last long enough and when his father destroys his equipment, he tries to seek her out in the real world and finds out she has completely transformed herself. Unfortunately, she still won’t talk to him and when something happens that makes it so that Simon can’t talk to Kat in the real world, he decides he is going to find her in Otherworld.The world Segel and Miller has created in this book is interesting. People create avatars and navigate through a virtual reality that gives them anything they want and allows them to do what they like…similar to what I imagine the gaming world is like. As Simon goes through Otherworld, he meets some friends, encounters some dangerous characters, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get to Kat. I don’t want to say much about what happens there as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but I thought the world was unique and it played a huge role in the story told here.The characters in this book help make the story. You have Kat and Busara in the real world and then in Otherworld, Simon has Carol and Gorog who help him navigate the world. We also get introduced to Simon’s parents (I’m not a fan) and Kat’s mother (like her) and step-father (again, not a fan) and learn so much about their relationships with Simon based on the brief views we get throughout the book. Overall, I thought this was a good and interesting story. The pacing felt right and the character development helped keep me engaged. There is a bit of a mystery as Simon tries to figure out what really is going on and I thought that helped keep the story moving. If you are looking for something different that will keep you turning the pages to figure out what will happen next, definitely consider checking out this book. I will be keeping an eye out for book two of this series and I need to know what happens next for all these characters.Thank you to the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alexis Leon
    January 1, 1970
    **NOTE: this review refers to an advance readers copy sent by the publisher. this book is set for release 11.7.17.**From the publisher: "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.Imagine a game so addictive you'll never want it to end. Until you realize that you're the one being played.Welcome to Otherworld. Ste **NOTE: this review refers to an advance readers copy sent by the publisher. this book is set for release 11.7.17.**From the publisher: "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.Imagine a game so addictive you'll never want it to end. Until you realize that you're the one being played.Welcome to Otherworld. Step into the future. Leave your body behind."I was worried, when I started, that this was going to be a Ready Player One: the Remix, but with 35% more Hunger Games. I'm pleased to report that I was wrong. While there are shared elements from either story, this novel feels like the prologue to dystopia: humankind is poised at the edge of a technological breakthrough that will clearly be an integral part of their downfall.Simon is the (new) typical 17-year-old: he's smart, but prefers to be a smart-ass. Unpopular at school, he does have that one best friend, Kat, and it's for her that he makes the leap from zero to hero IRL. When an accident sees Kat trapped by locked-in syndrome, she is afforded the chance to beta test new, virtual life in Otherworld, the next phase of virtual reality.With hardware which allows the user to truly immerse themselves, patients who might otherwise be locked into a "broken" or otherwise useless body can now continue life as they knew it... so long as their actual bodies are kept care of and monitored. This is a service which the Company can handle, since they are the ones running the beta test. As the creators of Otherworld's software, AND the hardware for the experience, how could Simon escape being caught up in a conspiracy? It's a risk he is willing to take for the person who matters most.Simon reads true to life, and his narration feels authentic in terms of the rate at which he figures out plot points. My favorite aspects, however, are how the authors describe the human Guests in Otherworld. They expose and almost revel in the depths of human depravity. And, that the game not only accommodates but rewards their terrible behavior speaks to the Creator's savvy and understanding of just what we would do if we felt we had no real stakes. If you knew you had multiple lives, and could be anyone you wanted, how could you not claw your way to your best life atop the virtual bodies of your competitors? It's "just" a game. It reminded me of the takeaway after I read World War Z: it's not about zombies, it's about how humanity would deal with zombies. And this book is not about a game, but about how humanity would use that game, and allow itself to be used by the Company which controlled it.This is the first in a series. I will definitely be picking up the next installment in 2018. I will ALSO and most especially look forward to getting more of Kat's character; she can't do much from her physical state in this first book, but, I expect more from a pair of authors which includes an actual woman. Don't give me another variation on "Only She Can Save Us" and absolutely not another "Only He Can Save Us and For Her He Shall."
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    This is a clever book. For many people a virtual reality is pure escapism. Who doesn't love to be whoever they want to be in another awesome world for just a few hours. And imagine if you could use that virtual reality for more than just escape. The potential is endless, and the same is true for the creative world building of this story.This is fast paced, always progressing and had some creepy (scarily believable) dark twists which will make you think twice about the true appeal of leaving your This is a clever book. For many people a virtual reality is pure escapism. Who doesn't love to be whoever they want to be in another awesome world for just a few hours. And imagine if you could use that virtual reality for more than just escape. The potential is endless, and the same is true for the creative world building of this story.This is fast paced, always progressing and had some creepy (scarily believable) dark twists which will make you think twice about the true appeal of leaving your reality behind for those few hours. The characters take a bit of a back seat compared to the amazing world building, but you absolutely will want to know how it can be possible for one boy to free a girl from locked in syndrome (effectively an aware coma). Whilst some of the themes have been seen before, this book is still a fun read - Virtual reality doesn't seem quite so virtual anymore!ARC provided free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh gosh! I really need book two now! How can I wait a year!!This book reminded me why I love reading, it made me love reading more than I have in a while. It's the kind of story you have in your head even when you are not reading it, the kind you can't wait to pick back up, and the kind you have a serious book hangover from. The next book I read has A LOT to live up to to compare to the standards of Otherworld.The world building was amazing, the characters are all necessary (none chucked in for Oh gosh! I really need book two now! How can I wait a year!!This book reminded me why I love reading, it made me love reading more than I have in a while. It's the kind of story you have in your head even when you are not reading it, the kind you can't wait to pick back up, and the kind you have a serious book hangover from. The next book I read has A LOT to live up to to compare to the standards of Otherworld.The world building was amazing, the characters are all necessary (none chucked in for the hell of it), all interesting and all well thought out. Simon is the main character and I found myself championing his every decision!The plot was amazing! Before I picked up the book I knew that it was video game related, but that was all. Nothing could have prepared me for the extent of brilliance this story offers. I did not expect this at all! The plot keeps you questing with many twists and turns; it is powerful, insane, beautiful, and scary. It will make you question your relationship with technology that's for sure!This book delivers humour, raw emotion, excitement and shock... I can't imagine anyone not loving this amazing book, I'm sad it is over for now... roll on OtherEarth
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure what I was expecting, especially with a celebrity author, but I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely know some kids at work who will love this.
  • Liam
    January 1, 1970
    52 Book Challenge Week 15: Otherworld chosen by ARCOriginality - 2Storytelling - 8Characters - 0So, I hated Simon. I hated him in chapter 1, I hated him in the final chapter. But, the book was readable. It's certainly a concept that's been done before and pretty sure Black Mirror had 2 episodes just like this. However, it was written and executed well enough that I didn't mind. It was immersive and kept me going even though I loathed the main character the rest of the characters barely got flesh 52 Book Challenge Week 15: Otherworld chosen by ARCOriginality - 2Storytelling - 8Characters - 0So, I hated Simon. I hated him in chapter 1, I hated him in the final chapter. But, the book was readable. It's certainly a concept that's been done before and pretty sure Black Mirror had 2 episodes just like this. However, it was written and executed well enough that I didn't mind. It was immersive and kept me going even though I loathed the main character the rest of the characters barely got fleshed out. It's all storytelling.Definitely recommended for older teens, people who like Black Mirror, people who you want to get into Black Mirror *coughAdamcough*, and people interested in books about gaming.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2017. The world-building in this sci-fi, virtual reality thriller is really well done. Teens will enjoy the mystery that is gradually unraveled as Simon races through Otherworld to find Kat. Simon hopes to stop the conspiracy holding innocent people hostage by fighting his way through a series of virtual worlds. My issue with the book is the flatness of the characters. Simon is trying to find the love of his life, Kat, however her backstory is so minimal I r I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2017. The world-building in this sci-fi, virtual reality thriller is really well done. Teens will enjoy the mystery that is gradually unraveled as Simon races through Otherworld to find Kat. Simon hopes to stop the conspiracy holding innocent people hostage by fighting his way through a series of virtual worlds. My issue with the book is the flatness of the characters. Simon is trying to find the love of his life, Kat, however her backstory is so minimal I really didn't care if he found her or not. The book also relied on absurd circumstance. Overall, I'm not compelled to keep on reading this series.
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  • Tory
    January 1, 1970
    A fast, entertaining read: think Ready Player One and Warcross, but with a Robin Cook "Coma"-style darkness to it. The fact that it's only the first in a series (and as such, doesn't really have an ending) dropped it down from 3.5 to only 3 stars in my book.
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  • Cherie
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty creepy YA/adult book. What happens when a virtual reality world is not what it seems - and initially way more appealing than the regular world? A very creepy world is discovered when Kat goes into a coma - and it is up to her best friend to save her. But it's not a normal coma indeed - and the deeper we are sucked into the virtual reality world, the more we realize the impact it has on people's lives - and on the entire world. So cool.
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  • W. Whalin
    January 1, 1970
    A Fascinating Read from Start to FinishI received an advanced reader’s copy of OTHERWORLD. The cover and the background of the authors—actor Jason Segel and novelist Kristen Miller—intrigued me. I read the first chapter and was hooked into the story about a new generation of gaming. The lead character Simon Eaton uses his mother’s credit card to buy two special headsets to access a new world called Otherworld. Each headset costs over $2,000. He buys one for himself and a second for his special f A Fascinating Read from Start to FinishI received an advanced reader’s copy of OTHERWORLD. The cover and the background of the authors—actor Jason Segel and novelist Kristen Miller—intrigued me. I read the first chapter and was hooked into the story about a new generation of gaming. The lead character Simon Eaton uses his mother’s credit card to buy two special headsets to access a new world called Otherworld. Each headset costs over $2,000. He buys one for himself and a second for his special friend, Kat. The well-crafted story line bounces between life in the gaming world, Otherworld and a contemporary setting. The characters and the dialogue keep readers turning the pages and are well-done. The target audience is 12 and up. My reason for ranking it four stars was the occasional four-letter word inserted into the text (unnecessary to the story from my view) and just to forewarn readers what they will find in OTHERWORLD. I enjoyed the word craft and storytelling in this novel and read it cover to cover. With the four-letter word caveat, I recommend it.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    An intense gaming adventure where your life is actually in danger. Simon is a well off teen who really does nothing but play games all day and use up his parents money buying VR gear. A chance to save a gaming buddy who he really is in love with launches him back to Otherworld to find and save her. There is one important change though- the company behind the game is using some heavy handed tactics to control comatose kids by inserting a disc that puts them in the game permanently. The game is no An intense gaming adventure where your life is actually in danger. Simon is a well off teen who really does nothing but play games all day and use up his parents money buying VR gear. A chance to save a gaming buddy who he really is in love with launches him back to Otherworld to find and save her. There is one important change though- the company behind the game is using some heavy handed tactics to control comatose kids by inserting a disc that puts them in the game permanently. The game is not all sugar and fun and this scary landscape means real danger for Simon and the people he meets along the way. It has all the manipulation of "Maze Runner" with the adventure and tension of "Ready Player One" - marking it as the one book that both teens and adults will want to throw themselves into. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Michelle Moore
    January 1, 1970
    I was offered an early copy of this book, and with comparisons being made to two of my favourite shows, I couldn't resist. Sometimes I do take a while to get to a review book, but I decided to take a peek when I got it, and was soon hooked. I'm seeing quite a few mixed reviews coming in, and I think a lot could depend on what you've read before in this area, how much technology progress you're willing to accept etc. I had no particular expectations, and I found it a fast paced, rather excellent I was offered an early copy of this book, and with comparisons being made to two of my favourite shows, I couldn't resist. Sometimes I do take a while to get to a review book, but I decided to take a peek when I got it, and was soon hooked. I'm seeing quite a few mixed reviews coming in, and I think a lot could depend on what you've read before in this area, how much technology progress you're willing to accept etc. I had no particular expectations, and I found it a fast paced, rather excellent read.We're initially introduced to a VR game, which although is very realistic, still relies on a headset, gloves etc. The company are also working on a totally immersive version, complete with a patch which goes straight on skin, and utilises your brain instead.. sounds far fetched, but is made to work! The story goes between the quests within the game world, complete with self aware AI characters, and what's happening in the real world. The main characters in the book could have been developed a little more, but at the end of the day, this isn't really a character driven book.. it's a fast, action driven book, with some interesting turns. It's taken some new ideas, and some old ones, and made quite a ride. I'l definitely be picking up the next one. 
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this one down!! I thought it was great and I cannot wait for the sequel. I received this as an ARC and I'm so thankful, this is right up my alley with the "otherworld" theme. Excellent
  • Off The Page Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    First, thanks to Simon Trewin of WME for my copy of this book. I first saw it on his instagram and thought it looked super interesting. When I got the actual book it was even more intriguing; I haven’t read a really good sci-fi book since “The Rise And Fall Of D.O.D.O” and the premise for this one seemed pretty unique.It follows Simon, an 18 year old delinquent, as he explores the virtual reality game Otherworld. However it’s much more than just a game and soon Simon finds out this and has to em First, thanks to Simon Trewin of WME for my copy of this book. I first saw it on his instagram and thought it looked super interesting. When I got the actual book it was even more intriguing; I haven’t read a really good sci-fi book since “The Rise And Fall Of D.O.D.O” and the premise for this one seemed pretty unique.It follows Simon, an 18 year old delinquent, as he explores the virtual reality game Otherworld. However it’s much more than just a game and soon Simon finds out this and has to embark on a quest of sorts.There are chapters full of gameplay interspersed with chapters about the real world, which makes it a pretty interesting read. When you start getting bored of Otherworld Simon is brought back to reality to continue the real world parts of his quest. I won’t spoil what happens but let’s just say there’s a lot more to this book than I thought there would be, and the plot is slightly different than I expected.The characters are extremely likeable; Simon is the first “rebel” teen character I’ve seen in a book whose behaviour makes perfect sense, and is actually relatable.Unfortunately Simon’s love interest, Kat, perfectly fits the Manic Pixie dream girl trope, making her a bit stereotypical and shallow. Her character isn’t developed much and her and Simon’s love story seems to come out of nowhere.Kat doesn’t feature much in the book though so this was only a small drawback. In contrast the character of Simon is really well developed and we can really see where his motivations come from.I was in London while I was reading this book and I found I could barely put it down, even to enjoy the sights! It was gripping from start to finish.I enjoyed this book and I’d give it a 7.5/10.Read more reviews on my blog offthepagebooks.
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  • Zola
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant. Full review will be posted on readheart.blog
  • Dwi Grandison
    January 1, 1970
    In a world where technology is King, Otherworld brings that idea to a very fine point. We are all consumed with the latest and greatest techie fad. Is there ever a point when technology becomes too advanced ? Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller do a great job of tapping into the gamer's mind to answer just such questions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves technology...which is basically everyone right ?
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  • Elyssa
    January 1, 1970
    At first I was very annoyed by the main character's voice, but as the story went on it became less annoying! I enjoyed this book very much and some plot twists were easy to figure out (it happens) and some not so much. I thought it was a great book and I kept wanting to read more!
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  • Kim Raccoon
    January 1, 1970
    This was disappointing because there was so much potential, and also the story is not fresh. I feel like the entire storyline was set aside so that the focus could be on the romance between Kat and Simon. The supporting characters were way more interesting and likable than Simon who began to be grating after about one hundred pages.The book is very reminiscent of Ready, Player One which lends to the book feeling like an old idea rather than a new idea. An MMO with pop culture references. It also This was disappointing because there was so much potential, and also the story is not fresh. I feel like the entire storyline was set aside so that the focus could be on the romance between Kat and Simon. The supporting characters were way more interesting and likable than Simon who began to be grating after about one hundred pages.The book is very reminiscent of Ready, Player One which lends to the book feeling like an old idea rather than a new idea. An MMO with pop culture references. It also didn't feel very nerdy or gamer-like. I don't know how many games Segel or Kristin have played, but the book makes it feel like they've played zero to few.The supporting characters (Carole and Gorog) were what made a lot of this book better. They kind of left off the Red Knight, but I guess he'll come back in the second book? Maybe? Maybe not, since there were some internal inconsistencies with the plot and actions of characters.Perhaps if this had not been marketed and written as a young adult book the plot could have been better developed and the world could have been richer.Overall, a disappointment but at least it was a quick read.
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  • Ivana Abraham
    January 1, 1970
    Very cool! Fast, fun, enjoyable!
  • Kirsty Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
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