If you read my review of Ready Player One a couple of days ago, you might know that books about virtual reality and not-so-distant technology-advanced futures are my current favourites. So when I managed to get a proof of Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at YALC last year, I was instantly intrigued!
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 Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
My taste in books has changed quite a lot over the years. It’s been teen dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent, crime thrillers, and even a period of lighthearted chick-lit. But at the moment, as well as contemporary YA, one of my favourite genres is futuristic sci-fi – especially if it includes virtual reality elements. That’s why I couldn’t wait to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.
Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
In case you don’t know, The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books of all time. When I found out that the author was releasing a second book called Artemis, this time set on the moon, I was EXCITED. More space nerdiness to add to my bookshelf!
I had tremendously high hopes for Artemis. Did I love it as much as The Martian? I don’t think so (but it’s hard to live up to when it’s one of my favourite books ever). Was it a worthy second book that blew my expectations out the water? YES. I loved it!
WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.
So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…
Faith Elaina is a reporter in the new world. She has no friends and no family… or so she believes.
When she is approached with an intriguing tale by a homeless man claiming to be the missing Professor Laudnam, she finds herself agreeing to embark on a fact-finding mission to expose Advance Industries. They are a multi-national corporation and leaders of scientific breakthroughs. They push the boundaries in experimentation in order to sell viable products to the market. Their latest invention known as Advance is the most exciting yet. A system designed to transport humans from one place to another efficiently and effectively.
Faith sets out to save those incapable of saving themselves. But who really needs saving? Are the people she’s trying to help really trustworthy? As the story she’s chasing unfolds, Faith realises how inexplicably intertwined her life really is with Advance Industries. When the formidable Kye steams into her life knocking it off kilter even more, he has her head spinning and her heart fluttering. Handsome, confusing and full of strange endearments, he also has a story to tell. But who should she believe?
Can she regain her supposed lost memories? And if so, can she hold on to them long enough to achieve her goal? Especially when the loved ones she forgot about are in danger!