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I hit a few snags because I'm so completely baffled by science, and don't understand Schrödinger's cat at all. And multiverse theory kind of makes my brain feel like it's getting folded in half. I can't speak to whether the science In the book was even remotely accurate at all. But the story was so human, and so engaging, that I was able to suspend that confusion and enjoy the events without fully understanding the groundwork.
This next part is going to be tricky to get across without spoilers, but I hope I can make my point!
There were some moments where I kind of wish that the story had taken a harsher turn. There were worlds that were so interesting and ones that were so scary, and there were characters who would have been deeply altered by those events. In fact, this is hinted at. But the desperation and moral detachment of those characters didn't cause as much chaos as I would have liked towards the end of the book.
Also, I felt that Daniela was kind of this perfect woman, a vessel for all Jason's hope and love as opposed to a fully fledged character. And given his initial concern for his son, Charlie hardly gets a mention as part of his motivation through most of the middle of the book.
There were a few moments of nice introspection and self-realisation that seemed really true to how somebody might feel after experiencing what Jason does. And honestly I liked the idea of a love that basically transcends the multiverse, although it wasn't made sappy by being perfect or fully realised in every scenario. Overall it was a pretty fun read.
Without spoiling too much, the book will leave you with questions about how you've gotten to where you are and what things could've been. Worth reading if only for the stimulating questions it will force you to answer about your own life.
So, to be more vague, a man uncovers the secret of traveling among parallel universes. Of course, this knowledge is put to sinister use. It's not sinister in a "destroy the world" kind of way, just in a "destroy a man's life" kind of way. Once done, that man must seek to get back to the life he left and the one he wants more than anything. There's a significant twist in there, but one will have to read the book to understand it.
I could not put the book down. I'm not a scientist by any means, but I even found some of the more scientific passages riveting. I would probably give it a 4.5 if I could, only because there are bits in the middle during the "exploration" stage of things that dragged just a bit. Our primary protagonist...for lack of a better description...is aided by a woman, and I would also have liked to known for sure what came of her once she leaves the story. One can guess, though.
There's mind-blowing twist toward the end that I never saw coming. In short, I've been recommending this book to everyone. It's a trip well worth taking!
Two words: MIND-BENDING
What a compelling and thought provoking story.
"It’s the beautiful thing about youth. There’s a weightlessness that permeates everything because no damning choices have been made, no paths committed to, and the road forking out ahead is pure, unlimited potential."
I was consumed from the very beginning and I couldn't put my kindle down because I needed answers.
"My life is great. It’s just not exceptional. And there was a time when it could have been.”
“You killed your ambition, didn’t you?”
“It died of natural causes. Of neglect.”
Every damn time I thought I knew what would happen next....I was so very wrong. And there were moments when my heart really hurt and I wasn't expecting that. Like not even a little bit! I felt for Jason at every moment and I felt his regret to my very core. I felt his every emotion. It was so incredibly exhausting and exciting! *whispers it was a rollercoaster ride*
Thrillers really aren't my thing but maybe I've been missing out all this time. *hugs DARK MATTER book*