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Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Parallel Worlds, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
“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.”Amazon •
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 possibly the most surreal moment I’ve experienced since coming to consciousness in that lab- sitting in bed in the guest room of the apartment of the woman who is my wife but isn’t, talking about the son we apparently never had, about the life that wasn’t ours.”
Content Rating: Violence, Language, Sexual Content
What if you chose to be a stay at home mom/dad instead of entering into the career of your choice? What if your family held you back from becoming the big movie star/astronaut/youtube sensation you always dreamed of being? Now, picture waking up one morning and realizing you have everything you’ve always wanted. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A bedroom on a state-of-the-art space station. A Youtube diamond play button. But, your wife/husband is not your wife/husband and your kid never existed.
Meet Jason, our narrator and main character who is a scientist and never married except to his work. He has no kids, though he’s sure he remembers being married and having a son. But his self proclaimed best friend says Jason has been working on a highly classified project for years, and the more he thinks about it the more dream-like his ‘family’ becomes.
The beginning this book remind me of the old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, “Total Recall”, filtering through Jason’s memories and trying to figure out what is real. That’s where the similarities end.
The book in no way goes as in depth as it could have. It disappointed me at first, but it also kept the storyline simple enough for average sci-fi readers.