by Blake Crouch, $10
“I love you across space-time.”
It’s the phrase my husband had engraved on my iPad, and the phrase we say to one another every day.
Yes, we’re nerds. But we love as well as like one another, after 6 1/2 years of marriage.
That phrase rang through my mind as I read Dark Matter. It starts with an typical couple, Jason and Daniela, on a typical weeknight. Jason pops out to meet a friend for celebratory drinks, and returns home late.
Except it’s not Jason – at least, this dimension’s Jason.
That Jason finds himself stuck in a world where he’s the inventor of the dimension-traveling machine – a far cry from his professor job back in his world. He’s wealthy. He’s acclaimed.
He’s also alone – and terrified.
Dark Matter is a twisting, frantic journey of science, resourcefulness, and love. And unlike other multiverse books, it brings up a 5th dimension that throws a crazy twist in the whole story.
It also made me reflect on my key relationships, and how the smallest of changes during my life could have led to wholly different life. I admittedly spent a little more time fantasizing about the dimension where Hillary Clinton is president – but that’s another story for another day.
I couldn’t put this book down. But I did in two days – once I finished it.
My friend Jess put it best. “If 11/22/63, Inception, and Fringe had a weird book baby, this would be it.”
If you like one (of all) of these things, you’ll love this book. Promise.
If you’re just getting acquainted with the multiverse, I recommend reading Claudia Gray’s Firebird Trilogy before starting this book. It’s equally excellent.