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Otherlife by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller – ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and One World Publications for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the last book in the Last Reality trilogy and I loved it! You can read my review of Otherearth here

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Simon, Kat, Busara, and Elvis are on the run with the tech super-villains at the Company hot on their heels. The new VR gaming experience the Company created, OtherEarth, is set to change how the world experiences video games. Paired with the hardware the Company developed, it has the potential to change the world as we know it, altering our reality forever.
The Company is on its way to becoming the world’s newest superpower. And Simon is determined to shut them down forever. But to do that, he’ll have to survive OtherLife – the next phase of gaming, and a complete reality reboot.

This trilogy will take you on a wild ride and honestly you won’t know who or what to believe. I completely fell in love with this trilogy and the world that they created, even though it was a little scary and dark at times. The world building was incredible and each book they eexpanded and built upon the world and it was all so vivid it felt like you were right there. They discussed such important and relevant issues in the books so well too.

I really loved seeing the characters grow throughout the trilogy but I also really loved that they still behaved like teenagers at times. They were scared when their lives were in danger and they were impulsive at times, making mistakes but they were also courageous and smart and witty.

Both Busara and Kat were great female main characters, they weren’t just love interests and played important roles in helping take down the company. They were smart and total badasses, and Kat was often the voice of reason in the group. She would rein in the impulsiveness of Busara and Simon and Busara was often the reason that Simon was able to succeed.

Again this book builds on and discusses the ethical side of the gaming world and virtual reality, how far can we take it, and how corporations can be ruthless in their greed to gain wealth and power. But that we can all do something to prevent that, no matter how young or insignificant you think you are. You can make a difference. It parallels real life where it is often the youth who are the ones who stand up and fight for a better and safer world.

This book is action packed and fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. Once I started I could not put it down, I read it in two evenings. The ending was really satisfying too. There is so many secrets throughout the story and we find the answers and Simon is successful. Loose ends are tied up nicely yet it is still left open in a way that we know that they are not yet done with everything they want to achieve. We are left imagining them doing so much more in the world.

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