Book Club: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

What other ending could we imagine? There are infinite possibilities, as there are infinite multiverses. For most of us, we were hesitant on a science fiction book as our pick this month. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how mind-blowing and still relate-able the story-line was. My head hurt thinking of all the avenues and understanding that all of our actions and choices can change the fate of ourselves and those around us. In a way, it makes us appreciate our lives that much more. Thinking of the alternate universes that Jason finds himself in based on his emotions is utterly terrifying!

A plot that was unresolved was with Amanda and leaving the world with thousands of Jasons where whatever world they go to on Charlie’s decision will have a second grouping of them (at least with Jason and his wife). That is a lot of pressure for a teenager especially with one dose of the drug left! Aside from the box and the drugs, technology didn’t seem realistic as the online chat room was dated. Additionally, the likelihood of no other Jason coming up with the plan of going to prison is unlikely. Beyond this commentary, it was a phenomenal and fast-paced read that uncovers the bigger picture of our choices and the lives that were possibilities for our current self. Definitely makes me think about doppelgangers and look-a-likes in general!

Quotes that stood out:

The Dedication – “For anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road note take”

Nothing exists; all is a dream. God—man—the world—the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you…And you are no you – You have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought ~Mark Twain” (185)

“the thing that makes our whole universe work comes from a theoretical substance we can’t measure or observe directly. Something they call dark matter. And this dark matter makes up most of the known universe….might be a clue to the existence of the multiverse” (112)

“So if the world really splits whenever something is observed, that means there’s an unimaginable, massive infinite number of universes – a multiverse – where everything that can happen will happen” (123)

“I supposes we’re both just trying to come to terms with how horrifying infinity really is” (161)

Here’s to our next book club selection, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie! Enjoy the sun! 🙂

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