Otherearth (Last Reality, #2)
Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that's perfect for fans of HBO's Westworld.Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company's dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat's stepfather's involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon's old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it's too late and the line between what's real and what's fantasy is erased... forever.Imagine a future in which you can leave reality behind and give in to your greatest desires. That future is now. And the future is terrifying.

Otherearth (Last Reality, #2) Details

TitleOtherearth (Last Reality, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781101939383
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult

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Otherearth (Last Reality, #2) Review

  • Greyson [Use Your Words]
    January 1, 1970
    Otherworld Series Ratings:Otherworld: ★★★★Otherearth: Lost Interest in Series— The first book was really enjoyable but I don't feel the need to read the next one.___│Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was something.I loved the first book, Otherworld. I devoured it and failed to wait patiently for the sequel, OtherEarth. Well, this book was certainly something. It was easy to get back into the story and remember what was going on, but it felt like it was trying too hard to surpass the first book. It also had strong feelings of RPO and Warcross/Wildcard. I shouldn't have been comparing these two books to this particular story but I couldn't help it. Parts of this felt like fan-fiction Well that was something.I loved the first book, Otherworld. I devoured it and failed to wait patiently for the sequel, OtherEarth. Well, this book was certainly something. It was easy to get back into the story and remember what was going on, but it felt like it was trying too hard to surpass the first book. It also had strong feelings of RPO and Warcross/Wildcard. I shouldn't have been comparing these two books to this particular story but I couldn't help it. Parts of this felt like fan-fiction. Too much was crammed into too few pages. Let's not talk about the ending that tries (and fails?) to hook for a third book. I'll type a proper review up soon but this was a typical Middle Book, if that helps.---------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I finished this a couple of days ago and still have mixed feelings about it. On one hand it is a very quick read and easy to get back into the story, on the other it felt unoriginal, as if it was a fanfic that combined Ready Player One and Warcross/Wildcard.Short recap: Simon and his girlfriend, Kat, know the dark secret of OtherWorld – the creator has died and the Company is covering it all up. They also know that the patches or “disks” used to enter OtherWorld are not safe. If you die in OtherWorld, you die in real life. It is up to Simon, Kat, and two new friends to unravel the mysteries still hidden within OtherWorld before the new and improved Otherearth is released to the public.While I loved the first book, this one suffered from Middle Book Syndrome big time. It did a good job of recapping what happened but most of the book was spent with the characters within the game of OtherWorld itself. Many chapters were spent describing new simulated characters, new Children, new worlds within the game. I felt there was just too much time spent describing things that did not matter to the overall story. Hence the reason I said this was a true Second Book.On top of that, nothing really stood out to me. The characters did not have arcs like they should have, and if they did they were so slight that I missed it. Simon was still leading the misfit bunch of characters hellbent on discovering this secrets needed to bring The Company down. He would always walk around bold as brass in the game and sometimes in real life, but when it came to his girlfriend, he was still meek and shy. Either man up or don’t – quit going back and forth. Kat did not feel developed in this story. I knew she was there but she didn’t really stand out to me. As mentioned already, there are two new friends/characters added to the Simon/Kat team but I won’t spoil them here. Just know that they are very vague and felt like they were added for nothing more than convenience. They help the story line along but I never truly cared about them.It is hard for me to say really what the plot of this story was about because again – vague. Most of this book is vague as if they authors were trying like hell to hook me (the reader) into sticking around for the final book. After what I read in this one, I’m not sure I will go on to the last book. This was overly cryptic for no reason I can figure out. Several ideas and concepts repeated many times over for some reason and that annoyed me. Plus, the ending made me wonder what the hell was happening because it made zero sense. NO SENSE. I’m quick to pick up on foreshadowing and repetition – this book was peppered with that. I’m not the biggest fan of books that constantly repeat themselves because it feels like filler, if that makes sense.I’m not sorry I read this story but I am disappointed. This felt like someone read Ready Player One along with Warcross/Wildcard and decided to create their own fanfiction. The ideas within the story just did not feel original or originally done. I would read a scene and say, “Yep, that was done in RPO” or “Well, that is a scene straight from Warcross“. Talk about hurting my soul. Do I recommend this? EEEEEEHHHHHHHHHH… not really. Will I pick up the third book? That remains to be seen. As of this review, I don’t care what happens next but my mind may change by this time next year.
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  • Lexi // libraryoflexi
    January 1, 1970
    RTC3.5 starsUm holy shit that ending though wtf
  • Judith Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at Chain InteractionI had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. I want to preface what I’m about to talk about by saying that I am not averse to a male protagonist. Truthfully, I do prefer to read female protagonists (or non-binary protagonists, while we’re talking about it), but I have read some amazing books with teenage boy protagonists. I’ve talked recently about Soulbinder and how I’ve grown to love the male protagonist Kellen where I didn’t like him before. But pe Originally posted at Chain InteractionI had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. I want to preface what I’m about to talk about by saying that I am not averse to a male protagonist. Truthfully, I do prefer to read female protagonists (or non-binary protagonists, while we’re talking about it), but I have read some amazing books with teenage boy protagonists. I’ve talked recently about Soulbinder and how I’ve grown to love the male protagonist Kellen where I didn’t like him before. But perhaps I am less willing to forgive a…less well written male protagonist than I am a female protagonist. We all have our biases.But man alive did Simon annoy me in this book.I don’t remember being frustrated by him in Otherworld. In fact, to quote me:“I actually wasn’t that annoyed by Simon as a main character, though it was one of those books where the majority of the plot is motivated by a romance plot which is sometimes a dealbreaker for some people.”But this time around, I was annoyed. Simon isn’t the worst YA teenage boy protagonist I’ve ever read, but it did feel like any time he was describing Kat it was always focussed on her boobs or her ass or something equally irritating. Before anyone makes the argument, I don’t care if it’s meant to be a reflection of an actual teenage boy – we shouldn’t be encouraging those attitudes.I wouldn’t have minded so much had the female characters had more of a part to play in the story, but it felt a lot like they just got shelved in the story, almost all of the heavy action sequences take place in a simulated world, where for plot reasons the female characters don’t go very often in this story. So not only do you have the irritating teen boy but you also don’t have an offset of great female characters. Which is so odd, because I had remembered Otherworld as being quite a balanced book despite Simon taking the lead.So it was character based reasoning that meant that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I might have done, but what about the plot? I thought this was a pretty standard YA sci-fi/dystopian sequel narrative, you’ve escaped from the situation of book one, now what do you do next? The characters are on the run and they need more information and a way to beat the big bad. I don’t think this book does anything particularly new but it is nonetheless an exciting plot to follow. The pacing feels right, the new characters introduced are interesting, it’s perfectly fine but would probably suit those who haven’t read a lot of similar books.There are a few moments where the plot feels very engineered, you sort of get the feeling that the opposition that the characters encounter is designed to fix a plot hole, as opposed to being a natural plot point. It’s not terrible, but it did bother me a little.Overall, I would probably read another book in this world, I’ve complained about the main characters but one of the great things about teenage boy characters is that they do have the potential to grow and to change as the story progresses, and if it wasn’t terrible in Otherworld then it can be not-terrible again.And it’s still infinitely better than Ready Player One.My rating: 3/5 starsI received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Most of this book deserves more than the 3.5 stars I’m giving it, and I definitely enjoyed it more than the first - I think it felt settled into the storyline a little more. But THAT ENDING OMG. Im not going to spoil it, obviously, but it is a little genius and a lot frustrating. And that’s all I’ll say. The rest of the book however - I liked the way they used Otherworld and the real world together, as well I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Most of this book deserves more than the 3.5 stars I’m giving it, and I definitely enjoyed it more than the first - I think it felt settled into the storyline a little more. But THAT ENDING OMG. Im not going to spoil it, obviously, but it is a little genius and a lot frustrating. And that’s all I’ll say. The rest of the book however - I liked the way they used Otherworld and the real world together, as well as against each other. I liked that now Simon is finally with Kat he comes across way less as a giant creeper. I also liked finally getting to meet Elvis. The company continue to be creepy and evil in the perfect way - I do love an evil conglomerate in a book lol. The way they are always playing the angles and trying to be a step ahead is nice. Plus their public spin on everything is impressive. I also really enjoyed the exploration of the benefits of otherworld, for people like alexei, but also the effect it has on people (especially on Simon, as a lot of that is more about other people’s actions than his in some ways). I don’t like the approach it has to the children and the way it’s so casual that basically all users would abuse otherworld to be horrible people. Even if I suspect it’s more accurate than I’d like. Overall, I did really enjoy it, but the cliffhanger ending was tough to swallow. Part of me liked it but the rest is too busy being frustrated.
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  • Mel (abookishmel)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to OneWorld Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own____________________________________This was so much more fun and action packed than the first one. I really enjoyed the story line in this book and how we're introduced to more characters, while also keeping the original ones.I liked seeing what happened to OtherWorld in the aftermath of the first book and during this one too.I liked Simon a lot more in this book and his relationshi Thank you to OneWorld Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own____________________________________This was so much more fun and action packed than the first one. I really enjoyed the story line in this book and how we're introduced to more characters, while also keeping the original ones.I liked seeing what happened to OtherWorld in the aftermath of the first book and during this one too.I liked Simon a lot more in this book and his relationship with Kat was really sweet in this. I wasn't the biggest fan of Barusa but she kind of grew on me.I really really want to read the next book, like now. I'm so glad there's a another book coming out after that ending!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this as much as the first book in the trilogy, but it was just too confusing for me. I won't pretend I understood all the different creatures or types of AI people encountered in the VR worlds. A clever idea but definitely warped.
  • Emma Canning (Emma's Chapter)
    January 1, 1970
    Reality is a state of mind Following the events of Otherworld, Simon, Kat and Busara are on the run from the Company and their high-tech VR Gaming for knowing too much, but Simon can't leave the game yet. Things are only getting more dangerous and deadly as Otherworld becomes more and more real. There only hope is Simon's genius ex-roommate Elvis, who may be the only person smart enough to help them reveal the truth before it's too late.I was so excited to read this book as I really enjoyed O Reality is a state of mind Following the events of Otherworld, Simon, Kat and Busara are on the run from the Company and their high-tech VR Gaming for knowing too much, but Simon can't leave the game yet. Things are only getting more dangerous and deadly as Otherworld becomes more and more real. There only hope is Simon's genius ex-roommate Elvis, who may be the only person smart enough to help them reveal the truth before it's too late.I was so excited to read this book as I really enjoyed Otherworld, however this one doesn't quite pack the same punch but is still enjoyable.I really loved Simon's progression in this book. You can tell his visits to Otherworld are starting to take its toll and he's noticeably changing as a character, but instead of becoming annoying he just becomes more readable. One of the things I loved about him in the first book was how real he felt and this book expands on that and makes him even more likeable as a protagonist. I really like Kat. I would have liked her to be in this book a little more. Obviously she's there, but you never really feel her presence and she's never really made out to be important. Which I found strange considering her step-father is, essentially, in charge.I never really got into Bursara. She's a good side character and I can tell she's going to become more important, but I just don't connect with her as a character. I really like the addition of Elvis. He gets mentioned a little in the first one but this is the first time we actually meet him. He definitely balances the main characters out and adds a little humour.The world is still well built stylish. The two books are definitely different in regards to how they handle world building. In the first there was an emphasis almost of the virtual world and the real world being completely different, whereas in Otherearth the lines begin blurring and Simon has a hard time figuring out what's real and what's not. It really shows how the books are changing and how the story and plot are progressing.My only mild critique for this book, is that it does get mildly confusing at times. Maybe it's just because I was reading an eARC on kindle, but some of the lines seemed quite blurred. I definitely think the book moves pretty quickly. It's very blink and you'll miss something. You have to be constantly paying attention or you'll miss something. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does sometimes make things slightly confusing to understand. You have to think about it to really get what just happened. Overall, I thought Otherearth was a great sequel it really pushed the plot along and by the end of it you are in a completely different place to where you started. However, the ending was a bit too fast for me. You can definitely sense the end coming but it still ends rather abruptly and doesn't make much sense. There are a lot of questions, but I'm assuming they will be answered in Otherlife so I'm not too critical about that - yet.I received a digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedbackBlog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: physical violence and homicide, gun violence, implied sexual assaultFollowing up from the events of the last book, Simon is now on the run with Busara and Kat, and they are looking for a way to rescue Busara's father who was the original creator of the disc. Meanwhile, the Company restricts entry into the Otherworld for exclusively headset users, the number of which is limited, which means mostly rich ashholes are getting in, in a place where the worst of human impulses manifest. Simon Warnings: physical violence and homicide, gun violence, implied sexual assaultFollowing up from the events of the last book, Simon is now on the run with Busara and Kat, and they are looking for a way to rescue Busara's father who was the original creator of the disc. Meanwhile, the Company restricts entry into the Otherworld for exclusively headset users, the number of which is limited, which means mostly rich ashholes are getting in, in a place where the worst of human impulses manifest. Simon gets help from his hacker friend Elvis, but it is still an uphill battle for them, going one step forward, two steps back in the even more deadly version of Otherworld, where Children are being hunted, and the Company is trying to develop a new technology called OtherEarth. Going into this book was not the same quest-like experience as was in the last, but it is still a mission. They have to seek help from various sources, in order to free James Ogubu from the ice caverns, but even then their path is littered with obstacles. The discs are dangerous, the headsets are unavailable, the Elementals and the Children distrust any guests in the game, and them trying to save them from a horde of evil humans takes a lot of effort. Along with this main storyline, the plot hints at Simon's altered state, as he starts hallucinating his grandfather even more, and keeps mixing up the two worlds. There was a lag, though, mid-way through the book, because I really was getting tired of them going back and forth on the same thing with not much progress, but it picks up the pace again towards the last quarter of the book. The technology is taken to another level by the end of the story, and the cliffhanger it left on? Whoa!As for the characters - like before, I feel not enough effort is given to characterization. I thought Kat would be a bigger player in this book, but she is relegated to being his sidekick. Busara is secretive and single-minded, but the secrecy worked in her case because it played into something bigger. Elvis, a new character, stepped into the role of the pervert friend who thinks he is comic relief and has a good heart - cookie cutter fare! Alexei, who was in it for just a bit, felt a bit more fleshed out than these main characters, to be honest. And the lack of good characterization is particularly a downside because this book runs on emotions - they themselves take up the task of saving OtherWorld, even though they don't have any personal stakes in it, so it is only fair that we know the characters well. In all, an exciting sequel with raised stakes but problems from the first still persist. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Rock the Boat, via Netgalley.
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  • Neelam
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved Otherworld so when I saw OtherEarth on netgalley I just had to request it and I’m so glad I was approved! Thank you to OneWorld publications and Rock the Boat for providing me with an eARC.So OtherEarth picks up right where OtherWorld ended and although it had been a while since I had read OtherWorld and was worried I wouldn’t remember what happened but as I started reading everything came rushing back to me. Like OtherWorld, this book was also fast paced and even more action pack I really loved Otherworld so when I saw OtherEarth on netgalley I just had to request it and I’m so glad I was approved! Thank you to OneWorld publications and Rock the Boat for providing me with an eARC.So OtherEarth picks up right where OtherWorld ended and although it had been a while since I had read OtherWorld and was worried I wouldn’t remember what happened but as I started reading everything came rushing back to me. Like OtherWorld, this book was also fast paced and even more action packed and I loved it!This book was intense and once I started reading I could not put it down and was reading well into the night. It’s full of intrigue and the story is even more complex than the first book. We spend a lot more time outside of OtherWorld and get a lot more backstory about the company and how and why OtherWorld was created. But we are left with even more questions too! I just wanted to keep reading to find all the answers.I just have to say that the technology and the game that has been described in these books are absolutely terrifying and I am so glad that this technology does not actually exist and hope it never does! Even though it was made with good intentions, it never ceases to amaze me how inhumane humans can be. Like the first book, there were players who hunted the beings created in the game for sport. As a result of the technology they are actually sentient beings yet they were hunted and killed in horrifying ways. I’m so glad this side of gaming was discussed in books as it’s something I feel strongly about but I feel like it’s not something that is generally discussed.I really liked Simon a lot more in this book than I did in OtherWorld. He was a lot more fleshed out and complex and generally more likeable. I also loved his relationship with Kat, they were adorable! Kat was a really great character and I do wish we could have seen more of her.I also loved the addition of Simon’s friend, Elvis. He was fun and sassy but also kind and caring and smart. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book. The only person I still can’t decide what to think of is Busara. She is secretive and mysterious and I couldn’t figure out what she was hiding. I hope we learn more about her in the next book. Also that ending made me even more curious to know more about her.I’m also intrigued by Simon’s hallucinations. Are they a form of PTSD? What is real? What’s his hallucinations? Especially that ending left me reeling and shocked and even more confused as to what Simon was seeing and what was real or not real! I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil anyone but oh my god, I was not expecting that ending at all and I just desperately need the next book because I need all the answers!I highly recommend reading this book especially if you enjoy gaming or sci-fi books. I’m not even a gamer and I loved it!
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    I thought when I read OtherWorld that I thought it would turn out to be a trilogy and it looks like I was right. So, to that end, I would really recommend you read that book first. There is catch up contained within this volume but it only really serves as a memory jogger rather than a replacement for reading book one.So, Simon saved Kat and they are now on the run with Busara, fearing for their lives due to the knowledge they have gleaned about the Company and what it is really up to. They have I thought when I read OtherWorld that I thought it would turn out to be a trilogy and it looks like I was right. So, to that end, I would really recommend you read that book first. There is catch up contained within this volume but it only really serves as a memory jogger rather than a replacement for reading book one.So, Simon saved Kat and they are now on the run with Busara, fearing for their lives due to the knowledge they have gleaned about the Company and what it is really up to. They have one safe ally left and they go dark and travel to seek him out. Once there, they soon realise that the only way the four of them have any chance of saving the world is to go back into the game, but this is no game, when their lives are at risk...There is a lot of game play in this second volume but there is also enough in the "real" world to progress the main story and keep things ticking along... just. The characters behave as you would expect and I really did enjoy the difference between their behaviours in and out of the game. Especially Simon and his "relationship" with Kat. We reunite with quite a few faces from book one and there's also some new friends along the way both real and virtual.OK, I'll mention the ending now, get it out of the way. What. The... Huh! Talk about curve balls that throws everything out of the window and leaves you really hankering for the next book. Well... If this was a series, I'd be spitting by now but this sort of behaviour is just about tolerable with a trilogy. I mean, if you've got to the end of book two you are going to read book three, so it's not really emotional blackmail... annoying nonetheless!As with probably the majority of books of this genre there is quite a bit of disbelief suspension to be held along the way. That said, it was never too taxing and I also quite liked the new technology that I was introduced to. I'm still a relative newbie to the genre so I may have missed the plot a bit along the way but this didn't seem to mar my overall enjoyment of what I was reading, which did keep my attention nicely throughout.All in all a good solid read, can't wait to see how it all ends up in the final volume. My thanks got to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Debbie Littley
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Otherworld and have been waiting impatiently for the second book of the series, OtherEarth to be released so when I was lucky enough to receive an early copy to review, I put the book I was reading to one side and jumped straight back into the AI Otherworld.As much as I loved this book i felt it fell slightly short of its predecessor unfortunately. This book seems to be aimed a lot more towards the younger audience but don’t let that stop you reading it! It is still a great sc I absolutely loved Otherworld and have been waiting impatiently for the second book of the series, OtherEarth to be released so when I was lucky enough to receive an early copy to review, I put the book I was reading to one side and jumped straight back into the AI Otherworld.As much as I loved this book i felt it fell slightly short of its predecessor unfortunately. This book seems to be aimed a lot more towards the younger audience but don’t let that stop you reading it! It is still a great sci-fi fantasy read and a brilliant series. I will say however, if you haven’t had chance to read the first book in the series, OtherWorld, you really should before jumping in with this one! There is some back story but not enough to get the full enjoyment out of this one.I’m not a gamer myself but I can see the draw of them and with the ever-expanding technological advances this won’t require to much of a step outside of reality. But thank god we aren’t at this stage and I hope we never will be! As much as i enjoy reading about it and having my imagination expanded in unexpected ways I have no desire to live in a world such as this one has become.OtherEarth takes us back to where Otherworld rudely left us, Simon our unlikely, and at times unlikable hero is still searching for a way to bring the company down to stop the general population from being transported to OtherWorld. Now there are only a few disks remaining, but instead of being a good thing for the children that live there, Otherworld has become a rich mans hunting ground.As Simon, Kat and Barusa try to save the children of Otherworld the company now have something new trialing. Something more realistic, and even more unsafe. As one situation looks like becoming resolved another supersedes it.Ending on yet another nail biter of an ending, now the wait begins for OtherLife!!OtherEarth will be published on 30 October 2018 in the UK and can be pre-ordered now.A huge Thank You to Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller, the publishers Rock the Boat, Oneworld Publications and NetGalley for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    I need an aspirin. “Othereath” picks up after the events of book 1 with our characters on the run and hoping to find a way to defeat the Company before they’re found. With the help of old friends and new allies Simon ventures back into Otherworld to find the only person who knows how to shut the game down for good but finds that it may come with a price. So I should start by saying despite going back to the first I had a hard time trying to catch up with where we left off so I recommend anyone g I need an aspirin. “Othereath” picks up after the events of book 1 with our characters on the run and hoping to find a way to defeat the Company before they’re found. With the help of old friends and new allies Simon ventures back into Otherworld to find the only person who knows how to shut the game down for good but finds that it may come with a price. So I should start by saying despite going back to the first I had a hard time trying to catch up with where we left off so I recommend anyone going in to this to have a refresher handy because you’ll need it. My biggest critique is I think they tried to do too much. The first book gave us this very clear reality vs virtual world and had us follow along on the journey to find Kat, this book however gives us a similar goal of finding someone at the end but throws in as much as they can in the meantime making it all seem too stuffed to flow naturally and I guess given the cliffhanger that might be on purpose but that as well as the ending didn’t really work for me. It almost feels like they wanted the reader’s head to be just as warped as the characters in certain parts and it worked leaving me more conflicted than in awe of that accomplishment. I’m not sure how to feel about this one and it took me a lot longer than it should have to finish because I kept getting distracted despite the action going on within the pages so it’s a bit of a weird and overall underwhelming sequel and I’m not sure if I want to continue but I guess we’ll see.
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  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    OtherEarth is fast paced heart pounding book. There is action from page 1 to page 320. To begin with one favourite elements of the book is the visits Otherworld. The world has evolved so much in both books that you never know what you are going to encounter. Otherworld is not on my dream destination list. I would be that people who gets killed all the time and is always at the beginning. OtherEarth has a great mix of the fantasy and Scifi with the use of technology and Otherworld visit. When the OtherEarth is fast paced heart pounding book. There is action from page 1 to page 320. To begin with one favourite elements of the book is the visits Otherworld. The world has evolved so much in both books that you never know what you are going to encounter. Otherworld is not on my dream destination list. I would be that people who gets killed all the time and is always at the beginning. OtherEarth has a great mix of the fantasy and Scifi with the use of technology and Otherworld visit. When the group are in reality we get the adventure of being on the run from a big bad company, and the drama of them trying outsmart them and the stress of being on the run. The book has some great comic moments too, one of those moments involved Judi Dench. The other involve Elvis, the below quote is one of my favourite from him.""Do you have running water?" Kat asks."Of course," Elvis says. "We are scientist, not barbarians.""Then is it ok if I go in and have a shower?""Please," Elvis says gallantly. "In the basement. Knock yourself up."The last page of the book left my mouth opening and cursing the amount of time till I get the next book. My Rating for OtherEarth is 4.5 out of 5.
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  • Helenasghost
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 3.5 stars I went into this one wanting to love it because frankly I adored Otherworld. Alas I was let down due to its clunky prose and inconsistent storyline. Old favourites returned while new characters such as Alexei and Kenji provide a welcome change from the monotony. Also The Kishka finally has a purpose! *insert excited squealing here* While the twist at the end felt like it could have been amazing, i feel that maybe had it been slowly introduced, I may have enjoyed it more. Actual rating 3.5 stars I went into this one wanting to love it because frankly I adored Otherworld. Alas I was let down due to its clunky prose and inconsistent storyline. Old favourites returned while new characters such as Alexei and Kenji provide a welcome change from the monotony. Also The Kishka finally has a purpose! *insert excited squealing here* While the twist at the end felt like it could have been amazing, i feel that maybe had it been slowly introduced, I may have enjoyed it more. It honestly felt forced rather than like it had unfolded organically. The subtly included gaming references of Otherworld seem to have faded into obscurity, despite it being a favourite part of the tale of myself and various other friends. I also felt that titling the novel Otherearth when the subject matter is not actually introduced until almost 2/3 in was a little irritating. Subtle nods could have been made but unfortunately, the opportunity was missed. Overall Otherearth was adequate in its content and narrative. It was neither horrendous nor absolutely spectacular, a fact that I really wish had been different. It is a known fact that many series have a bit of a slump in the middle therefore I am hopeful that Otherlife picks up the pace and ends it with a bang next year
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  • Mike Milligan
    January 1, 1970
    OtherearthWhat if?What if.. Hang on, I think I want to start at the End, and all I can say is WHAT? What’s going on? Who? What Why? That’s not what I expected…So lets look at it this way, What if you were there but here, What if what you saw was real or maybe not, What if it was a game, but maybe not just a game anymore, what if those bad guys you killed are still trying to kill you, how can that happen? Where are your friends, here? you sure? What about the Girlfriend? Hmmm, I think we’ll leave OtherearthWhat if?What if.. Hang on, I think I want to start at the End, and all I can say is WHAT? What’s going on? Who? What Why? That’s not what I expected…So lets look at it this way, What if you were there but here, What if what you saw was real or maybe not, What if it was a game, but maybe not just a game anymore, what if those bad guys you killed are still trying to kill you, how can that happen? Where are your friends, here? you sure? What about the Girlfriend? Hmmm, I think we’ll leave that one alone, as no matter what you say, well you know what I mean. So anyway, this is one of those conundrum things that whatever you may think may be wrong, could, maybe, be right except when you realize it could be wrong. So I guess I will just hang on and wait for the next book in the series and see where it takes us. Confused? Well sorry no answers here, you will just have to read the book to find out what I’m waffling on about. Just make sure you have read the first book before you jump into this one, I must admit this is even better than the first.A review copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alex Jory
    January 1, 1970
    The book borrows from many other classics in the genre, and luckily does find its own story and unique characters. A good read and journey, let down with a week ending that happens all too fast like the writer didn’t know how to end or potentially bridge the books in the series. Still quite an enjoyable read, even despite not having read the prequel. I did cringe each time “the one” was mentioned, a matrix style premise that added nothing to the novel. Luckily it was rare, but then why say it at The book borrows from many other classics in the genre, and luckily does find its own story and unique characters. A good read and journey, let down with a week ending that happens all too fast like the writer didn’t know how to end or potentially bridge the books in the series. Still quite an enjoyable read, even despite not having read the prequel. I did cringe each time “the one” was mentioned, a matrix style premise that added nothing to the novel. Luckily it was rare, but then why say it at all?
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Since I loved OtherWorld so incredibly much, I was all the more grateful to receive a free egalley for book 2 on NetGalley. OtherEarth throws you right back into the world from the first book and even when it's been a while since you read it, finding your way back into the story is not hard at all. The atmosphere stays the same, although I did feel that book 2 felt a little bit rushed in places where I w I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Since I loved OtherWorld so incredibly much, I was all the more grateful to receive a free egalley for book 2 on NetGalley. OtherEarth throws you right back into the world from the first book and even when it's been a while since you read it, finding your way back into the story is not hard at all. The atmosphere stays the same, although I did feel that book 2 felt a little bit rushed in places where I would have preferred some more detailing. Overall though, it was an awesome read.
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  • CrazyCat (Alex)
    January 1, 1970
    Thrill? check. Twists? check.Confusion? checkWow-moments? checkIntrigued? checkRoller coaster feeling? checkPage turner? checkNeed more ASAP? OMG yes!!!Loved this book and can't wait for more. 2019 can't come fast enough! If you haven't started this series yet, you seriously need to do it now.I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Oneworld Publications!
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  • Christy Ngo
    January 1, 1970
    I read Otherearth in a day because I seriously couldn't put it down. I just have to know what would happen next. There were twists that I had no anticipated and all the action and the things happening were making me unable to put the book down!In this book, I love Simon all the more but Busara really got on my nerves. The ending! Seriously, it was not what I would have anticipated and now I have to wait for the next book and I am not happy! I want it now! I need to know what will happen!
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  • Jess Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Full review can be found on NetGalley). Oh. My. Word. I need to next book right now! I’m so confused but it’s a good confused, and that book was a wild wild ride!The authors have definitely outdone themselves with book #2!!
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  • Alma Grandberg
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this one more than the first book, it had me much more interested. I don't know if it was a book suited to my tastes though (not a writer fault) if others come out I will probably continue on with the series.
  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    It was easy enough to get back into he story and remember what happened in the first book but the plot of this one started to get really vague about a quarter if the way in and the end left a lot to be desired. It tried for edgey I think and missed the mark for me.
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  • Alyssa Cohen
    January 1, 1970
    (Full review will be up on my blog this week!) Soooo... I finished it... BUT WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING?!?!?!?! I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!!!!!!*Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC!*
  • Liz Pitcher
    January 1, 1970
    Not as good the first book. There are a lot of moments that seem intentionally over violent or over gross to shock the reader. But I’ll probably still read the next book.
  • Bel
    January 1, 1970
    3.75
  • Jaden
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this sequel! I’m so glad they continued the discussion of morality and gaming in this book it’s something that not a lot of people talk let alone a fun YA book.
  • Zoë Grace
    January 1, 1970
    OtherEarth follows on from OtherWorld in which it is based in a reality that a super high tech game called otherworld exists. It literally is the otherworld. This world has it’s own plants, it’s own animals, sentient beings that roam the world so when the humans invade it and kill off their mates, they are not exactly pleased. And to add on to it, some players are using a device called a disk. A disk makes it super real and in doing so, if they die in the game; they are dead in real life. In ord OtherEarth follows on from OtherWorld in which it is based in a reality that a super high tech game called otherworld exists. It literally is the otherworld. This world has it’s own plants, it’s own animals, sentient beings that roam the world so when the humans invade it and kill off their mates, they are not exactly pleased. And to add on to it, some players are using a device called a disk. A disk makes it super real and in doing so, if they die in the game; they are dead in real life. In order to stop the Company from killing more people, Simon must expose them and fight for his and his friend’s lives. I read OtherWorld as an audiobook and that was an experience so when I got the opportunity to read the arc of OtherEarth, I was filled with glee. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the expectations of OtherWorld, maybe that was because I didn’t read it on audiobook and so my imagination just didn’t click well with it this time round. 4 out of 5 stars.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    So disappointed. I really enjoyed Otherworld and it does brisk business with my students at school, especially the gamers who like the concept. This one however just didn't reach the same heights. I was confused, bogged down, irritated all the time I was plodding through this. It felt like one of those books which goes "well this happened, then this happened and now this other thing is going to happen" it was also the victim of one of my pet hates in a story, "he said/she said" constantly to the So disappointed. I really enjoyed Otherworld and it does brisk business with my students at school, especially the gamers who like the concept. This one however just didn't reach the same heights. I was confused, bogged down, irritated all the time I was plodding through this. It felt like one of those books which goes "well this happened, then this happened and now this other thing is going to happen" it was also the victim of one of my pet hates in a story, "he said/she said" constantly to the point of real irritation. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity. Sadly this one wasn't great for me.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the first in the trilogy so was looking forward to this one. Again, it was more of the same – VR, AI and AR filled action fighting corruption and Company bad guys. Sets it up nicely for the final instalment.
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