Book #48: Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a sci-fi novel about lowly physics professor Jason Dessen who is kidnapped and wakes up in another world – one where he is a renowned and rich physicist but never married or had a family. The most interesting part of this novel is that it takes actual theories of quantum mechanics and runs wild; Blake speculates what life would be like if these theories could be proven and applied. The plot hinges on the idea of a multiverse – that an infinite number of universes exist for every possible outcome to every situation. Crouch gets a little more in depth with the theory, though steers clear of being academic and manages to explain it well for laymen like me. As Jason tries to get back to his world and his life, Crouch explores the idea of our choices in life and the road not taken. It’s a fast-paced, plot-driven story that I read through pretty quickly. Though I think the characters and writing are mediocre, it is an entertaining story and the unique premise alone is reason enough to read it.

Side note: You’ll see on the cover of this book the seal for Book of the Month Club. This is a subscription service where, for about $15 a month, you get a new hardback. Each month you choose from a selection of 4-5 books that are new releases that month. Being a member, you also have access to their past selections to add on for only $10 each. I found a trial deal and got The Heart’s Invisible Furies (an August selection), and bought from their backlist Dark Matter and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, two that had been on my wish list for a while. I’ve read the two from my wish list, but still haven’t gotten around to the new release; maybe after it’s been out a while and I hear more about it I’ll give it a try. I don’t read enough new releases that this would be worth it for me. (Also, I don’t like that they put their logo on the books.) But, if you buy new releases often and are open to not knowing a lot about a book before you read it, this is a really good deal.

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