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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - Welcome to the Multiverse

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was one of the books that I chose by blindly trusting GoodReads recommendation. A recommendation for someone looking for a proper page-turner that must include escaping reality. The synopsis at the end of the book was fairly vague and I didn't bother looking more into what it was about. I had no idea what kind of treat I was getting myself into.

Jason Dessen is a mild-mannered college physics professor, a father to a teenage named Charlie and a husband to his artistic Spanish wife Daniela. Jason loves his family and is fairly happy. But like any other human being, he sometimes questions whether all the life choices he made were the right ones. But if he's happy where he is now, it must be so. Even though an early killed ambition of discovering something possibly world-changing haunts him every day.

Until he becomes hunted and haunted by a man, hiding behind a mask but who seems so strangely familiar. And then his all world changes.

I now understand why the book synopsis reveals so little detail. The whole storyline is filled with one surprise after another and simply describing its plot would tell the reader much more than it should.

Since the moment Jason is kidnapped - expect the unexpected and forget everything else you though this book was going to be.

All I can tell you is that it's based in Chicago. I've never been there, but I can vividly imagine lake Michigan in the depths of winter and the local pub around the corner where Jason lives. The unpredictable plot creates a unique environment for the author to build an intimate relationship between the reader and the setting, the characters and the imposed bigger questions of life, that one would not normally look for in such as intense science fiction novel as Dark Matter.

The book is written in the first person, following the storyline of Jason Dessen. What's interesting about it is that, as much as awed and confused the reader might get, the hero of the story is pretty confused with what is happening, too. I found it quite refreshing, as many Sci-Fi main characters usually possess an undeniable trait of bravery and knowingness of what the hell is going on and what to do. Unlike Jason, who the reader can easily connect to through the perspective of how a regular human being would react in such an irregular situation as travelling across the multiverse.

The author uses every trick in the book to create suspension, take us on various plot twists and fulfil each secret temptation of the idea of the world of the multiverse. And all those tricks work. Expect to be lost, confused, thrilled, amazed, heartbroken, excited and sometimes even sweating. Embrace the unbelievable power of the ultimate page-turner or pace yourself down to enjoy every minute of it. It's up to you.

All in all, highly recommended for anyone who's interested in the perception of time and space, the questions of our origin and meaning of life, and an action-packed storyline. Or if you know a book similar to this - please let me know.

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