My main complaint about this book is that it’s too short. At about 350 pages, it could easily have been twice as long and still remained fascinating.
“Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.”
Jason Dessen, a college professor, and his artist wife set aside their lofty dreams to start a family when she got pregnant 15 years ago. They got married, got “real jobs” to pay the bills, and haven’t looked back. They’re happy, if not 100% fulfilled by their lives. Then one night Jason goes out to toast a friend for winning a prestigious award, and everything changes. He’s kidnapped, and wakes up in a world where he’s a completely different person. And now he has to figure out how to get back.
This isn’t a book you want to know too much about going in — it’s so fast paced and twisty that you need to just sit down and read it. I thought the writing was excellent, and really my only problem is the length. Its compactness allows for the story to speed along its tracks, which is great, but I wish the author had slowed down and explored more. Still, that’s hardly the worst complaint to make about a book — that it’s too gripping — and I highly recommend this one to science fiction fans.