Not trying to rub in that I have a copy of this, I just want somewhere to dump my thoughts so others can converse as the book comes out (or leaks out) over the next few months. Read 21% last night. Spoilers on each chapter to follow: Chapter 1 Spoiler Love how quickly the story just starts. Right amount of background into Jason's life while still leaving a bunch of other stuff out there. What I really liked: By the time he was kidnapped, I was legit bummed that he wasn't going to get back to his family. They seemed like a great group. Obviously the thing that grabs you about this book is the premise/alternate realities, but he obviously loved his wife and kid. So I was bummed. Going to the bar to meet with his old roommate was rough. It's amazing how much Jason disagrees with the premise that his life has sucked though. We all have "what if?" thoughts on decisions we've made. When talking to his roommate + kidnapper, it seems as though he really doesn't care anymore. The conversation at the end of the chapter between his kidnapper and him was just awesome. Because this person obviously knows something about what's going on. "... but there's so much I want to ask you." ASK HIM DAMMIT! Chapter 2 Spoiler So he's been gone for 14 months, yet he has an entire life's worth of memories in there? Obviously the question going forward will be what is the true reality? Or another one, are both realities true in a way? Can both be lived out? Not surprised he ran, but I'm kind of surprised all the people around him didn't expect something like this could happen. If this is really life, then they should have known he would be somewhat disoriented, right? Though they obviously underestimated the side effects. Chapter 3 Spoiler Love that he still lives in the same place. Love that it's just different. I like when time travel/alternate reality stories are in a way grounded by stuff like this. Painting being done by his wife was an awesome touch. Without a kid, did he still hook up with her? But they didn't get pregnant? Can't wait to find out. Chapter 4 Spoiler This was the shortest chapter, but for me, maybe the best. I was hooked already, but this one put it over the top in a way. In a way, I wondered if his kidnapper was him, whatever "him" is in a world like this. While this certainly doesn't confirm that, I think it certainly wanted us to think that. The one hangup on this theory for me is how the kidnapper asked about how Jason refers to her when he texted her in the car. Though there's no reason he would know for sure - I can't imagine they can watch him like Gods, so he wouldn't know. Either way, this chapter was bonkers good.