Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I snagged this audio book because I needed something to listen to while I take Maxx the dog on our morning walk around the Indianapolis canal. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was looking for something interesting in the science-fiction realm.

I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by the narrative. With audio books, it’s easy to find your mind wandering during slow parts. (That’s one of the biggest knocks against audio books, I think.) But I never really found myself floating away while I listened.

The book’s premise, while definitely not in the realm of hard science fiction, was enjoyable…and as we come to find out, rather dark. Black Couch takes the basic idea that for every choice we make, a universe exists for each decision we COULD have made. Then, he slams those universes together in a clever game of “What If…”

Certainly there are gaping plot holes. I mean: the book is about superposition, alternative universes, and string theory wrapped around a universe-jumping protagonist.

No matter that. Crouch does a really good job of bringing the story to a reasonable (in not a bit convenient) close. He backs away from some of the heavy darkness that comes with his final narrative choice, but not entirely.

But if you’re looking for a fun, science-fiction romp, this is your book.

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