I started this book in the middle of the summer and just wasn't in the right place for it. I put it down at about the 25% mark and thought, "Meh, too science-y for me."
But I'd listed it on my Five Books I'm Reading This Summer post and felt like I needed to give it a fair chance. I mean, I LOVED The Martian . Both the book (because it is awesome) and the movie (because Matt Damon.)
It has the famous line, "I'm going to have to science the sh*t out of this."
So I picked Dark Matter up again.
Once it gets going, it is a fast-paced, science-y/thriller mash-up that leaves your brain spinning.
“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Without giving away much of a spoiler, I will say that Dark Matter operates on a multiverse theory—which my fifteen year-old explained to me like this:
"Every time you make a decision, the universe splits and a part of you goes on living in a reality where you decided something else and that Dawn lives like that, while this Dawn keeps living like this."
She explained this like she was telling me how to make brownies. No big deal, just millions of other YOUs living in different universes with different lives.
Thanks for making my brain explode, kid.
Here's where it really hit home: If you read my post about How I Met My Husband, you know that I've been married twenty years because I made a decision to cross a room to talk to a cute boy. What about the Dawn who decided to stay in her chair? Or the one who turned down her friend's invitation to visit her church? Where are they hanging out these days?
Dark Matter takes this idea and makes it into a twisted read of the-path-not-taken meets What-if? And since I don't do spoilers, I need some of you to read it so I can get out all my feels about the ending!
So let's talk about the idea of a multiverse. What decision did you make that split your universe? Ever wonder what if it had gone another way?