“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 my first science fiction book and I am thrilled to say I enjoyed it!
I love the opening chapter! It is all so innocent, they are a family doing what a countless number of other families do everyday. The Dessen family – Jason, Daniela, and their son Charlie are in the kitchen chatting and fixing dinner. While dinner is cooking, James heads out to the local bar for a celebratory drink with a longtime friend of his. Jason better relish these moments because life as he knows it is about to be flipped upside down.
When I think of science fiction literature I often assume that it will be too sciencey for me and go right over my head. This book was easy to follow and extremely approachable without confusing my non-science brain.
No matter where Jason found himself – sub-zero temperatures in several feet of snow or a town under quarantine due to a deadly disease, I was right there with him. I found James extremely likable and rooted for him to find his way home throughout the story.
I do wish there was more of Jason and Daniela’s son Charlie in the book. Especially towards the end because every decision made affected him just as much as his parents. This certainly did not take away my enjoyment of this book, I just found it odd that he didn’t have a larger presence.
This book has opened my eyes to a new genre that I had not considered before and I will be less intimidated next time I run across a science fiction novel.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 7/26/16
Pages: 354 (eBook)
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