Ahoy there me mateys! This novel has been floating around everywhere, so I finally gave into the hype and read this sci-fi thriller.
Basically it is the story of a man named Jason who is attacked and wakes up in a life that shows what could have happened to him if he had picked another path . . . one with no son or wife but with academic / career success. How did this happen? Better yet how can he get his old life back?
For someone who had read lots of multi-universe books, the plot wasn’t mind-blowing. It was, however, engaging, fast-paced and fun. The novel’s best feature is in the details. I loved how Jason goes about trying to reclaim his life. The different universes were cool and the set-up to get to them was entertaining.
How the ending evolved was surprising. There was a sharp turn of a plot twist that I would have preferred hadn’t happened. It made sense once the author tells us why it happened and so I enjoyed the conclusion of the story. I would have liked to go down the other path not chosen.
However it was an extremely enjoyable sci-fi read with some truly memorable events that I can’t spoil for ye. So take the path where ye pick this book up and enjoy . . .
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
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