Book Club Reflection: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

6 Nov

I’ve been looking forward to our group discussion of Dark Matter since I read it. Apparently, not everyone was as thrilled with this title as I was. Some really disliked it and there were others who loved it as much as I did. Some said it read more like a screenplay than a book as if Crouch knew it would be adapted for television. A few complained that the middle dragged while he was going through door after door.

The premise required a solid suspension of belief. It reminded me of The Flash a bit because of the other ‘Earths’ that Jason visited. There was a lot jammed into this book and it left some of us wondering more about dark matter. A few people recommended two books, We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The different worlds showed infinite possibilities and how profound the Butterfly Effect can be.

We started to wonder about our own lives and the different versions we might find. Something beyond our control, like a decision a parent made, could produce a drastically different world. It might not be any relation to you, but that decision could mean you were never born. While there are big decisions in a person’s life that make you wonder, it’s probably the small ones that make large differences. Jason went looking for happiness because he missed it. But the happiest Jason pined after the success he could have had. Everyone lives with regret. For Jason, family was the right choice, but that doesn’t mean it is for everyone.

We had a lot of questions about the box. Jason sees himself at some point. Does that mean there are infinite numbers of every person who’s entered the box somewhere in the box? Is there a doppelganger of Jason 2 wandering around in there? What about the other people who went into the box and never came out? Are they in there, too? In a way, all of the Jasons that return are deserving of Daniela and Charlie. Jason2 is the only one who’s not.

When the plot first switched to Daniela and we see her welcome ‘Jason’ home, it’s not obvious that it’s Jason2. Some of us thought life was continuing like there was a reality split somewhere else and in one version, Jason had come home with no run-in. We wondered if the Daniela in Jason2’s world was happier. Maybe her career and being an artist was her best path. It seemed odd that she completely stopped being an artist to be a mother of one son. We thought she could have kept it up a bit at least.

We wondered about the world Charlie would create for them to live in. Would it be unpopulated? Similar to their own? They were leaving with nothing and taking only memories with them. It reminded us of immigrant stories around the turn of the century. It must have been terrifying.

We’ll be meeting again just after Thanksgiving so I better get reading quickly! Until next time, write on.

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11 Responses to “Book Club Reflection: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch”

  1. Incessant Bookworm November 6, 2018 at 10:44 AM #

    I loved this book – surprisingly!! It had my mind boggled so many times and I craved more. An interesting concept for sure but also eerie!


    • Sam November 6, 2018 at 10:54 AM #

      Eerie is a good word for it. I felt unsettled the whole time. I liked that I was unable to predict what happened next. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. whatcathyreadnext November 6, 2018 at 12:06 PM #

    If you fancy something similarly mind-bending which explores the multiple selves idea, I can recommend The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas


    • Sam November 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM #

      Will it make my head spin? Lol. Thanks!


  3. The Broken Spine November 6, 2018 at 12:41 PM #

    I loved this book. I didn’t have a book club to discuss it with, but I pondered a lot of the same questions.


    • Sam November 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM #

      It’s great to see other peoples takes on a book. I’m always happy to share what we all thought. Happy reading!


  4. carhicks November 7, 2018 at 10:40 PM #

    I am not a big Sci-Fi lover but I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one. I did not really take the time to equate it to anything as I read it alone, but after reading this, I did think some more about it.


    • Sam November 8, 2018 at 7:48 AM #

      Going to my book club meetings helps me delve deeper into the book every time. I didn’t have a lot of these thoughts on my own either. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Rae Longest November 12, 2018 at 9:39 PM #

    Whew! This one seems really “different.”


    • Sam November 13, 2018 at 4:48 AM #

      I think that’s a fair word for it. It stuck out to me because it’s very different from what I normally read but I’m not sure someone familiar with the genre would feel the same way. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rae Longest November 15, 2018 at 5:46 PM #

        I like a challenge–something that pulls me out of my usual rut!


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