Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
“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?
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑 (3.5/5)
Don’t you just hate it when you don’t know if your life is a dream or a reality? 🤔
Firstly, let us start with how unbelievably short and fast paced read it was that started out with a bang! Everything was so intense and you couldn’t put it down cause you’re just like, what the bloody heck is going on!?
The premise of the storyline was ingenious. Schrödinger’s cat theory and this concept of multiverse blur the line between what’s real, or what we perceive to be the reality. It was thought-provoking, to say the least. The idea that there are other versions of us living the life that we perhaps intended got me thinking if there were some other versions of me wandering through boxes (only for a moment!). 😆
Yet another thing I highly appreciated was that, although this is advertised as a sci-fi and science centered book, the author really made it…’understandable’ for those of us who are NOT the greatest at this whole science or physics fiasco – cause let me tell you, I was very reluctant to pick it up as I was afraid all those things would go way over my head. It didn’t. Everything was smoothly explained as the story developed. So, thumbs up.
Now here’s where it gets a bit tricky (for me.) You know when you love every aspect of a book and yet you feel like something is missing? that’s how I felt like towards the end. The beginning of the second half was a bit slow for my taste, it didn’t have the same taste as the beginning. At some point, it got too repetitive and draggy. And my enjoyment started to slide downwards as it came to conclusion. But considering the majority of the book was amazing, a little dent is acceptable. Nothing is ever perfect after all.