darkmatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention.  Perhaps it was recommended for me on my Audible list, or perhaps I found it randomly.  With so many things going on in my life, sometimes it’s hard to remember how I come across things!  I’m glad I did, though, this was a fun novel that had me intrigued from the start.  It also gave me a lot of things to think about!  Mental chewing gum of the best kind.  My husband and I had a lot of things to discuss when I’d finished reading this novel!

Poor Jason Dessen.  After leaving his beautiful wife and teenage son at home and celebrating his friend’s award over drinks, the college professor is abducted and drugged.  He wakes up in a world that’s similar to his own, but vastly different.  He struggles to find his wife and son, struggles to understand what’s happened to him.  Is he going mad?  Is this an illusion or an elaborate prank?  Or is this something real–an alternate world in which he wasn’t married to his wife, and his son was never born.  If so, how will he get back home to his own reality?

While I was reading this novel, there were a couple of points where I thought, “sure, I know what’s going on.  How has the main character not figured this out yet?  He’s supposed to be a smart guy, a guy who studied alternate universes and physics and stuff… how has he not put two and two together?”  The first half of the book had me feeling smart.  I knew more than the main character did about the struggle he was going through!  It was pretty awesome.  And the trials and tribulations of the poor dude had me glued to the story.   I loved the descriptions of the different worlds, the alternate universes… and then…

Remember that point when I thought I was so smart?  It all turned around later in the novel.  There was a point where my whole brain lit up.  Realization occurred.  It’s hard to explain without giving away too much of the plot, but I realized that an infinite number of Jasons were headed back to a single Universe… which meant he was going to run into himself.  That’s where things changed and the book got a whole lot more interesting.

I won’t say any more because I want you to read it.  🙂  Then comment below and tell me what you think!