“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.”
Oh this book! I’m not even including all of the Goodread’s blurb on this one because what you read above is all you need and should know before jumping into this unique crazy story. This book recommendation came to me by way of a very trusted fellow book reviewer who knows what I typically like to read and said to me “I recently read a fantastic book but it’s science fiction so I don’t know if you’d like it.But it’s also a love story.” I agreed it might not be my typical reading choice but this book was popping up on all the must-read lists and, honestly, the ‘it’s a love story’ teaser had me intrigued.
Jason Dessen is a typical guy living a regular life as a college professor with his wife and son. When he goes out one evening to meet an old friend for a drink, his life takes a dramatic turn when he’s abducted on the way home. This set up was reminescent to me of some of Dean Koontz’s earlier books as far as your average everyday person’s life being unexpectedly turned upside down and they must risk death, violence, etc trying to get back to their life before. Jason wants nothing more than to get back to his wife and son but his world, when he wakes up, is quite literally not the same. Here’s where some interesting words come into play that might turn a lot of people off…quantum physics, alternate universe, post-apocalyptic…I could go on but you get the idea. All of those are part of this story but only add to the exciting premise; you don’t have to understand any of it to immerse yourself in Jason’s journey . In fact, when I stopped trying to wrap my head around quantum physics and just went with it, my enjoyment of the story increased.
Jason gets into some pretty harrowing situations trying to get back to his wife and son that were quite action filled and nail-biting. Post-apocolypic Chicago was, for me, so descriptive that I could picture everything as if I was right there. That’s just excellent storytelling. The only issue I had came toward the very end where things seemed to get really over the top and seemed to interrupt the flow of action for me. So, don’t read too much about this book before starting it, just know this…it really is a love story.