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Style Magazine - - Contents - BOOK RE­VIEWS BY JES­SICA KRAMER

Who knew Mar­shall from How I Met Your Mother could write nov­els?

Ob­vi­ously, this isn’t re­ally Mar­shall but rather the ac­tor who played the char­ac­ter, Ja­son Segel. Along­side pub­lished au­thor Kirsten Miller, the first book in this new tril­ogy was pub­lished by the duo in Oc­to­ber last year.

While there have been a few com­par­isons be­tween this Other­world se­ries and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (or the movie, for that mat­ter), I found the only true sim­i­lar­ity be­ing that both sto­ries deal with vir­tual real­ity/gam­ing. And for those who found the gam­ing ref­er­ences too heavy in Ready Player One, this tril­ogy will be per­fect.

The pre­quel to Otherearth fol­lows 18-year-old Si­mon in his mis­sion to res­cue best friend Kat from Other­world — a vir­tual real­ity game cre­ated by ‘The Com­pany’. The prob­lem is, Other­world is so much more than a game, and has some pretty big bugs with some of its tech­nol­ogy...mean­ing peo­ple can die in real life when their avatar dies in the game. Still fol­low­ing? In Otherearth, the stakes are even higher as Si­mon and his friends try to res­cue the peo­ple still held cap­tive by The Com­pany while be­ing hunted for know­ing too much.

Otherearth be­gins at full-pace and doesn’t let up, and the char­ac­ters are quite well-writ­ten.

There is enough back­ground and ex­pla­na­tions to al­low a reader to be­gin with Otherearth, how­ever I rec­om­mend read­ing Other­world first for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing.

Otherearth by Ja­son Segel and Kirsten Miller is avail­able from Oc­to­ber 30. This writer re­ceived an Ad­vance Read­ing Copy in ex­change for an hon­est re­view.

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