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Who would you cast as Jason, Daniella, Charlie, and Amanda? I imagine Jason as Bradley Cooper for some reason, and Amanda played by Emma Stone. Still pondering the others.
I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and entertaining. I think the story line was very simple. The story was wrapped up too easily without much conflict. I wish he developed the story better. Maybe discussed Amanda's role more and the roles she chose to go into. I don't like books where the author uses the most obvious outcome and uses the simpliest ways to finding the outcome.
I loved this book. Powered through in about two days. I loved that it was so fast paced and didn't really get too much into the science of it. I liked the carp and pond way of describing the multiverse.
I am usually not a huge fan of sci fi because too often the science overwhelms the fiction and it gets confusing.
This was just enough to make it interesting, but there was also enough real world to make it accessable to non-science people like me.
In early teens, I thoroughly enjoyed TV series Sliders. It was one of my favorites. As a grown up now I felt this book was a mediocre piece on time travel. I expected a lot more from this book. Storyline could have been better through better reasoning/analogies & characters more seasoned. The book was definitely fast paced which is okay since it reflects author's distinct writing style. Overall not very impressed.
After reading the excerpt/summary/teaser for this book, I knew I was...interested...but hesitant. I'm always hesitant regarding new, modernistic, sci-fi as it has a different flavor than the sci-fi I know and love. But whoa...this book was amazing. I was hooked from moment one, even though he (Crouch) doesn't let you in on what is happening until much later in the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and constantly looking forward to what could possibly happen next. I love the editorial construct, and the guessing game that was this book. It was truly a fantastic read and I will be recommending it. I think I read it in two days? This was my first BOTM purchase, and if they keep up like this - I'm going to be signing up for the years subscription. Can't wait for the next book!!
SPOILERS: I finished this book around midnight last night and my head is still reeling trying to take it all in! All of the Jasons showing up in the end really messed with my head. Daniela and Charlie accepted the fact that Jason9 was the real Jason a little too easily for my liking, but overall I was happy that they chose the "right" Jason. Although it does make you wonder, what happens to all of the other Jasons???
Has anyone read any of Crouch's other books? I'm curious to know if they are as compelling.
I selected this book because it was sci-fi but I was surprised it took place in Chicago(s)! As a Chicagoan, it was extra fun to read. He included so many details about spaces here, attitudes, neighborhoods, I felt very "in the club".
I was hoping for something I could savor a little, with more science. This was definitely not a book to savor, it was basically non-stop action cover to cover.
This is by far the best book I've read in 2016. Fast paced and innovative. Exciting and darkly twisted. I love books that make my mind race and keep me enthralled the whole time.
Since "Dark Matter" is all about the choices we make, what was your second book choice if you hadn't chosen Dark Matter? I was torn between this one and "The Woman in Cabin 10". Did anyone feel like they should have gone with their second choice after reading the book? (I didn't, but I'm just curious about everyone else)
I love how this book really calls to science and psychology nerds. But mostly this book really makes you look at all the choices you have made in your life and how they made you the person you are today.
So maybe I missed a detail because I flew through this novel so quickly; however, I'd love to pick some of your brains for your throughts....
Even when Jason was in a version of his life that wasn't bad and he and his family seemed to be happy (the version where Daniela is pregnant with their second child and he calls her on the phone), he knew it wasn't his world. Some things were "just off" (minus the obvious like the pregnancy). So I'm just wondering how so many other Jasons ended up in the main Jason's world. I could see how some of them did because they ran out of syringes or liked this version better than their own. But wouldn't some of them have these same feelings of things just not being right? That this wasn't their version?
I enjoyed the twist of more than one Jason. And I thought it was an interesting theme for Daniela and Charlie to grapple with. But how were there so many? Hundreds?
I don't understand why they couldn't go back into a different world that still had the cube and syringes, but never had Jason return, and get more syringes. I assume there would have been one where Amanda worked there and was trusted... Or Jason can pretend to be returning, and then take the syringes and leave... Then they could have kept trying indefinitely.
What did you think about Amanda's departure from the story towards the end? I was a little disappointed that the author wrote her out of the story so abruptly. I wanted to know more about her! In my mind, there wasn't a whole lot of character development in terms of the women's characters. Anyone else?
Toward the end of the book when Jason and his family are in the cabin hiding out and other Jason's start to attack, along with a little later on in the book when they reach the warehouse to go into the box, I couldn't help but feel so much sadness and confusion for Daniela.
I understand that she wants "her Jason," but at the same time, I couldn't help thinking how brutal it would be on me mentally if I saw other 'versions' of my husband either looking heartbroken and jealous at not being chosen, or even worse, dead. She handled it like a champ, I think that would haunt me for a long time. Did anyone else feel the same way for Daniela?
Dark Matter explores various incidences of the multiverse. Was there a particular world that you found compelling or wished to explore further?
Jason's fundamental philosophical question is: "If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?" What, ultimately, makes Jason Jason? What makes you you?
Can anyone have it allâ€”an ambitious career and a wonderful home life? Did (the â€œrealâ€) Jason have to make the tradeoffs he did to live the life he ultimately ended up with? Did Daniela?
The ending of Dark Matter begs the question, "What happens next?" What do you think is in store for the Dessen family? Did they get a happy ending?
So, I am already halfway through this book and just got it two days ago. Is anyone else daydreaming at work about what is going to happen next? Anyone else have theories about the ending? It's all I can think about! This book is amazing. I love that I am closer to finishing, but hate that it will end! The struggle, ya'll.
Did anyone else read this book in one sitting?! I couldn't put it down, I was so intrigued!! The story definitely had my heart racing a few times. Very exciting and mind blowing-- I just couldn't stop reading!