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Before I read this story, I found it terrifying to know that there may very well be an infinite number of alternate me's on an infinite number of alternate universes.
After having read this story, I now appreciate this me and this world more than I ever have. I'm unapologetic about who I am, and who I am not.
This isn't a story about time travel, although it has some of the trappings of one: a futuristic teleportational device, and a disenchanted main character obsessed with what would have been.
Rather than traveling to the past or the future, Jason Dessen opens the door—literally—to the present. Alternate presents, in alternate Chicagos, from alternate universes.
Throughout the second half of the story, Jason tries to return home, after having been abducted and thrown into an alternate universe.
It's the universe he's always dreamed of. The one where he's an internationally renown quantum physicist. The one where he's the boss of his own company. The one where he's reached his fullest potential as a scientist.
But it's also the one where he never got married to the love of his life. It's the one where he never had his one and only son. It's the one where he has no family.
It's this universe that Jason attempts to find—through grueling trial and error.
I can't give anything more away without ruining the story for future readers, but I can give you what I believe to be the moral of the story: live in the present moment, because that is where your true identity lies.
The second quarter of the book lags, with Jason evading capture more times than necessary to advance the plot. (Twice he narrowly escapes through a bathroom. One lavatory getaway is plenty.)
I give Dark Matter 40 Jason Dessens out of 50. Read the book, and you'll understand my rating system.
With this theory in place, the author has penned a thriller, with his subject discovering how to navigate the multiverse and access different and perhaps more desirable realities, even confronting his own alternate reality self in an effort to effect a “reality swap” of sorts.
This is a very fast read, consumable in two or three days. The science is certainly challenging from a conceptual standpoint, though not necessarily vital to understanding the story, which is a pretty standard, run of the mill thriller.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that there is an extremely significant “plot hole” that develops near the end of the novel which is incompatible with the author’s multiverse theory. Nevertheless, the book is engaging and thought provoking.
Crouch suggested we watch the Ted Talk by Aaron O’Connell entitled “Making Sense of a Visible Quantum Object.” Well worth the few minutes.
I decided to read a few pages to just get the flavor of the story and I was blown away. I stopped reading everything else and just had to find out if Jason could even figure out how to work the multiverse box yet get back to his Daniela. The possible universes he/we could create at Dr disappoints are truly staggering and although I am a bit skeptical about how so many universes could exist, the story handled all these different universes very well. Mr Crouch said this was his most difficult story and I can see why.
If you are a fan of alternate universe theories and how our decisions can lead us to different outcomes, give this book a try. Be ready for a he'll of a ride.
A good read.
Overall this is really fast paced book that kept my interest to the very end, and for me that is quite an accomplishment!
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