Brock Matthews’ life is unraveling. Then he has a recurring dream about his father, but he always wakes up before he can fully understand what his father is trying to tell him. His friend introduces him to lucid dreaming-a dream where you know you are dreaming and can control the outcome. Just for fun, Brock tests it out not realizing that by confronting his 23-year-old self and convincing him to do something, he will wake up to a world he barely recognizes. When he continues the lucid dream process to try and fix the mess he has made, he keeps waking up to a life even worse than the one he was trying to fix.
“The Five Times I Met Myself” will make you ponder life-changing questions, such as what would you tell your younger self? Or, if you had the chance to talk to your younger self, knowing that it could change your life but not knowing how, would you do it? Even the most innocent of suggestions could start a fire you cannot control. Just the suggestion to his younger self that he go to Alaska fishing with his dad not once, not twice, but every time he asked, altered Future Brock’s life in a way that had ramifications he could only “dream” of.
James L. Rubart’s book is the most mind-engaging book of fiction I have read in a long time. This book may change your life. At the very least, it will challenge you to view the world and your place in it quite differently.
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