Have you ever regretted a choice you ever made ? Me? I have made some pretty bad choices but i see now that i don’t regret them. Just that they have taken me into a direction i never saw myself going in. I have always though ,”What if I didn’t go to Pune to study ?” or “What if had stopped communicating with Parijat and Vaishnavi ?” or basically “What would have been if i hadn’t chosen science ?” The last question actually shaped my future that i am living right now. Our choices defines us the kind of person we are , the kind of person we become towards the general public .
Jason Dessen made a life changing decision when he left his research , which was a front runner to win the most prestigious scientific award and research funding to be with the woman of his dream, Daniela and the son, Charlie, he loved to death. That decision turned out to be a tree which led to many other of his decisions to become the branches of this tree. Now his decision is going to haunt him forever. When he decides to congratulate his friend Ryan , who wins this award instead of him , Ryan makes sure that he makes jason regret his decision of leaving his study behind and go and teach in a local college in Chicago instead. But little did Jason know , it was going to be more than a regret.
The last line that his abductor told him before knocking him out of his consciousness and sending him to a world where he is famous and Daniela is not his wife and charlie isn’t born was
“Are you happy with this life ?”
Of course Jason was . But the abductor happens to be Other Jason from the universe where Jason chose his research instead of Daniela and Charlie and built a cube which would help him travel multiverse . But every decision , every choice Jason makes , comes to reality when the Original Jason finally reaches his family , only to find that Many Jasons (nearly 109 , since its mentioned int he book) have done the same and they want to reach to Daniela and Charlie before anyone else can. These Many Jasons happen to be the choices the real Jason didn’t make while he was exploring different Chicagos of different universe to find Daniela and Charlie. Find out how Jason fights for his decisions and wins int he end (obviously !)
This novel is like AMAZING ! It has every scientific term trying to persuade the reader about a theory that the scientists are actually working on. If anyone has seen Stranger Things , it’s like many Upside-Downs but without any Eleven and the monster tho. So anyways , what keeps Jason moving is his love and determination to see Daniela and Charlie . He has to go through so much different scenarios but in the end these scenarios are the outcome of what Amanda Lucas ( Other Jason’s therapist , who helps the Original Jason escape from the world that would have been his but is not) and Jason feels and the roller coaster of emotions they go through.
Though it’s sad they did’t mention what happens to Amanda but the story is gripping , thriller and life-changing. It’s a MUST READ ! I didn’t know it would be this good actually , i just read the synopsis and thought “Let’s just try this one “ but Damn , it’s too good. It made me realize that our decisions can have such drastic effect on our life in ways one can never imagine and also the possibility that there exists parallel universe where every decision we make opens up a new universe, a new opportunity of what we could have done if we chose something else…
So get your hand on the copy of DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch , who is the reclaimed author of the Wayward Pines Trilogy ( Have to read that one too , not see the show but meh..show ill work till i get my hands on the trio.). Dark Matter is in works to be a movie so let’s just wait and see when it comes out ..
Good Night 🙂