Other Bodies by Joel Ohman



In a world where immersive VR suits distort what is real from what is not, and the AI Personhood Act blurs the lines between body and bot, the choices sixteen-year-old Hattie Martins faces are very personal.

Welcome to Hattie Martins’ dystopian Philadelphia, where everything is not as it seems…

Just as her life is looking up–a new job, new friends, a new date–Hattie discovers not all progress in her beloved, futuristic Philadelphia is for the best. Societal regrets can become personal regrets in an instant. Choices don’t always come with second chances, and when they do the cost can be unimaginable. How far will she go to undo her greatest regret? And worse yet, what will she become if it’s too late?

In a world where bots are equal to bodies, what does it mean to be alive?

What is real?

Which bodies matter?

What about the other bodies?…

In this blistering new young adult novel from the #1 bestselling author of the Meritropolisseries, readers will question everything they know about life and reality in a unique dystopian adventure that is equal parts moral dilemma and romance.


First of all, this is not an easy book to read, nor is it going to be easy to review. The story starts with a very disturbed sixteen year old Hattie Martin. Life sure hasn’t been good to her so far, with the loss of her grandfather, she is forced to live on her own. She gets pregnant after giving herself to someone who she really thought cared for her but quickly found out he only wanted what made him happy and he ditched her immediately after his time with her. Finding a job at a Managed Motherhood, a facility like Planned Parenthood, she seeks advice from those she works with about what she should do with the baby. And I will admit, some of her co-workers were kind of weird to me, but probably not for the younger generation. There’s a lot going on in this book, many twists and turns that I won’t mention, because you really need to read the book!

Author Joel Ohman deals with probably the most controversial subject ever, which is abortion. I felt he handled the issues in a well thought out way, taking the feelings of the ladies that have an abortion into consideration. And I like that Mr. Ohman makes it clear that the woman doesn’t have the right to take the life of her baby. And that the woman’s body and the body within her is two separate bodies.  Which those today who are not pro-life do not believe. But I am truly pro-live. And though I’ve never had to even think about making that decision, I know people, as well as I’ve read about the struggles a woman goes through after having an abortion. This is why I feel the book is missing a very key issue here and that is the love and forgiveness Hattie could have found in Jesus. Instead it left readers hanging with all of her guilt and confusion. Maybe there is another book to follow that will give readers that view? We can hope so! Overall, if one person reading this book decides against giving her child up for abortion, the book will be worth it.

A copy of this book was provided by FLYBY PRODUCTIONS Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT The Author 


Joel Ohman lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.

Joel is the author of the #1 bestselling Meritropolis series—“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist” and the new YA release, Other Bodies.

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