It’s fun to think back to the days when elementary school teachers challenged students to respond to books by creating dioramas. Remember dioramas? Cut up shoeboxes with paper characters, reenacting a splice of the story in the eyes of a child.
There are books I’ve read as an adult that tickle my brain about what I might do with a shoebox and a thick stack of construction paper.
The latest book that piqued my imagination was DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch.
I went on a complete adventure as I read this genre-bending masterpiece. It accomplished what any great work should—it caused me to think about the theme, the characters, and the story world long after I finished reading.
DARK MATTER bumped up against the big bold timeless question of what if.
That’s the real reason I’m telling you about this book—why I loved it. It didn’t skim the surface or provide some mild, fleeting entertainment. Some part of it rooted. Its vines wrapped around the wild and luxuriant vines of my imagination and didn’t let go.
Now to brainstorm what else I’d put in my DARK MATTER diorama.
*I’ll be spreading the word about some other fantastic books in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
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