Friday, October 21, 2016

Book: Blake Crouch's "Dark Matter"

I downloaded my latest read in Detroit while waiting for my connecting flight to Omaha.  I downloaded it to be distracted and it turned out to be a very thought provoking read.

Blake Crouch's "Dark Matter" follows a physics teacher, Jason, who is abducted and wakes up in another world nearly identical to the one he left.  In this new world he is an award winning physicist but, unlike his own universe, he is not married and doesn't have a son.

From here the novel explores the path not taken and what one would do, or not do, to make an alternate choice.  Who among us does not have regrets?  Who among us does not wonder what would have happened if you'd made a different choice?  Just looking at my own life I see how things could have turned out so differently.  If I had not entered that chat room in early October 1995 I would have never met the Wife.  If the start of my first Camino had not been delayed by a day due to a misplaced bag I would have never met Gv.  So many small things steering our lives.

The book is interesting and ends with a twist as Jason tries to get back to his family.  I enjoyed it and it provided the needed distraction.  I gave the book four stars on Goodreads because it made me think a lot about how my life could have been so different were it not for small quirks of fate.

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