About the Book:
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 would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her–including follow her into a virtual world. And what he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it’s deadly.
Now the world’s biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in Otherworld, the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company, Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds, they uncover an all-new threat to our world: the Company’s latest creation, an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. Not only does OtherEarth kill, it has the power to erase the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy.
I’ve been staring at the gas gauge for over an hour. The needle is now below empty and the red light on the dashboard has burned itself onto my retinas. For the last thirty minutes, the three of us have been sitting in silence, focusing all of our energy on keeping the car on the road.
Kat crawls up between the two front seats. “You sure there’s no way to reactivate this?” she asks Busara, tracing a finger across a blue OnStar button on the rearview mirror. “They could send help if we run out of gas.”
“If the Company didn’t get to us first,” I point out.
Kat huffs with annoyance. “Simon, this is a desert. If we end up stranded out here, the Company will be the least of our worries. We have no food and our water is almost gone.”
“Then maybe we should have stolen a few bottles at the last place like I suggested,” I say.
“And maybe you should have filled up the gas tank.”
“I thought we should keep some money on hand just in case!” “This argument is pointless,” Busara says. “Even if we wanted
to reactivate the OnStar, we couldn’t do it without a phone. And besides, there’s a gas station ahead of us.”
I squint in the bright sunlight that’s pouring in through the
windshield. Sure enough, there’s a sign in the distance. I lean back against the headrest as my whole body relaxes. I feel Kat kiss my ear. “Sorry,” she whispers. “I think I’m getting hangry too.”
I pull into the station. “You pump, I’ll pay,” I tell Busara as I roll to a stop. She hands me our last two twenty-dollar bills.
“I’ll come in too,” Kat says.
“No,” I tell her. “You stay. We need to make this fast.” She won’t approve of what I’m going to do. I’m not thrilled that I’ll soon be adding theft to my long list of crimes. But there’s no way in hell I’m going to let us starve to death before we reach New Mexico.
Praise for Otherworld
A New York Times Bestseller
“A potent commentary on how much we’re willing to give up to the lure of technology.”–EW.com
“A fantastic journey from start to finish.” –Hypable.com
“An engaging VR cautionary tale.” —AV Club
“Full of high stakes, thrillers, and fantastic twists and turns, fans of Ready Player One are sure to love this addictive read.” —BuzzFeed
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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.
New York Times bestselling author Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he’s learned that the things we’re most afraid of are the things that can make us strong…if we’re brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. Nightmares! is his first novel.
I write books.
Some of my books are what librarians call middle grade. (Kiki Strike, Nightmares!)
Some should be kept away from small children and people with weak stomachs. (How to Lead a Life of Crime, The Eternal Ones, Otherworld)
I write some books with Jason Segel.
I’ve written quite a few books on my own.
I’m an Aquarius.
My favorite food is cauliflower. (No joke.)
I will eat almost anything. And I’m weirdly proud of it.
I believe New York City is the most magical place on earth.
I love Dolly Parton and David Attenborough. Equally.
I cannot sing or play any musical instruments.
I’m obsessed with sewers and sanitation systems.
I once broke into a Mayan temple with my brother, Spike.
Spike is an alias. It’s not his real name.
I also have a sister. She prefers to remain anonymous.
We have the same birthday.
Yes, that sucks.
I think that’s all you need to know.
1. What is on your nightstand?
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty. (An excellent subject for this time of year!) It’s quite entertaining—not morbid at all. These days, I read mostly non-fiction for fun. (Fiction can often feel like work.) The darker the subject matter, the better. I love books about weird diseases and I’m obsessed with ancient sanitation systems.
2. What author would you totally fan?
I’ve been stalking Michael Chabon for years. (Fortunately for Mr. Chabon, I’m too lazy to leave my house.) I think YA readers would appreciate The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. I read it as a teenager and fell madly in love. (With the book!)
3. What makes you cringe?
Complements. I always suspect ulterior motives.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
A bit of both. I always start by writing an extremely detailed outline. I absolutely loathe this part of the process, but it helps me work through my anxieties before I begin putting words on the page. With an outline to serve as a roadmap, I feel more comfortable indulging whims and taking detours along the way.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
One that’s appropriate for all audiences, I assume? Let’s go with labyrinth. My books are filled with labyrinths—dark hallways, secret passages, catacombs and mazes.
SQUEEEE ~~ a pic of my cat, Stevie! (He’s a polydactyl cat. He has seven toes on each paw.)
3 winners will receive a finished copy of OTHEREARTH, US Only.
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