I recently finished reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I have a great urge just to shout at you in all caps: JUST GO READ IT!! However, this doesn’t make for the most interesting blog post. So, I’ve decided to give you a few reasons.
It clearly explains Schrodinger’s Cat paradox. Okay, before you go screaming in the other direction. This is a novel, but its premise centers on some pretty incredible quantum physics. However, Crouch does a great job at explaining how it works. You don’t have to be a physicist or even pass physics class to get what Crouch is saying. I’m a science nerd, so I’ve read and heard many different explanations for Schrodinger’s cat and honestly this book contains the best and easiest to understand explanation I’ve come across.
The book shows how much we take for granted and is a really good reminder to be happy with what you have. It shows that choices matter, but that sometimes the less glamorous choices are the best ones. They are the choices that have the best long-term effects.
It’s a really fast read. Crouch tends to write in these short, clipped paragraphs which give you the impression that you are careening through the book like the characters are though the storyline. But this speed doesn’t lessen the emotional impact or character development.
This book is a bit of a mind screw, but it’s a hugely fascinating concept. It gives you a lot to chew on and is very memorable. It presents a few conundrums that, as a reader, I haven’t faced before. Mainly the relationship between the hero and the villain is very unique.
Honestly, this is just an all-around good read and one of the few that I would feel pretty comfortable recommending to almost anyone.