Published by Crown Books on July 26th 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Challenge Theme: A book that is becoming a film
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“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.
This is definitely not a genre I usually choose. Sometimes science fiction books confuse the you know what out of me. I have to reread pages over and over again to try and understand what is going on. While that can make for a good book I usually don’t want to think that hard when I am reading. This book was chosen for our book club so I decided to give it a try so I can actually go to the meeting for the second month in a row. I am glad I did.
The premise of this book is so interesting. What would your life look like if you made a different choice at any point, even a small one. I think about that concept a lot! What if I didn’t follow my high school boyfriend to college, what if I had chosen a different major in college, what if I had had the guts to move to NY after college like I always wanted to (still want to actually), the possibilities are endless. If you could have the ability to step into a different version of your life, knowing you could never return to you current life, would you? That is just crazy to think about.
Blake Crouch’s writing style is simple which I enjoyed. There was only one section where I started to get confused but eventually it was explained in a way I could understand. The way he wrote it made it quick to read but also kept me hooked into the story, especially towards the end. I had about 120 pages left to read as of last night and I finished it in an hour. I am excited to see how they make it into a movie.
“No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.”
“He says, “Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.” Daniela says, “Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.”
“It’s terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, branches off into a new world.”
“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”
“The box isn’t all that different from life. If you go in with fear, fear is what you’ll find.”
“If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?”