Published by Random House, Crown on 7/26/16
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Source: Barnes & Noble
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“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.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable--something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Have you ever been inundated by a book, seemingly seeing images of it wherever you turn, stalked by ads, nudged by reviews? I read Dark Matter somewhat out of frustration, because I kept seeing that distinct red and black cover, even though it’s not typically a book that would even be in my stratosphere. I don’t read science fiction, and I don’t read thrillers. But, thanks to Amazon’s creepy ass algorithm, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble for their clever shelving, I succumbed and decided to read this book. Call it fate, or simply math and science… Whatever. This book called to me and I’m thrilled! that I read it.
If I had to describe this book in a word, I would say gripping. And it never let go. Dark Matter was a surprisingly addicting and emotional read. Well, maybe not completely surprising since I love watching action thrillers, but I never read them. Although, I might have to begin reading more, since I found Dark Matter to be completely compelling and consuming. It was an adrenaline rush I won’t soon forget. But, the part that I loved the most about Crouch’s gripping fiction, was the romance. Yes, this book has romance; in fact, I found it to be a central theme. Everything the protagonist does is for his loves, his wife and his child.
Dark Matter is about man, a husband, a father, a physicist, who one night leaves his family to get ice-cream only to end up kidnapped, drugged, and awoken in a world where everything is different. I won’t say anything more regarding the plot, because I think the synopsis gives you exactly what you need, and because I can’t even begin to explain what I just read. Dark Matter is mind-boggling and you really need to read it to understand it.
I loved this book. I loved this book because of the characters and the message. Blake Crouch made me fall in love with content that I’m unfamiliar with, because of the situations and the story he created. This book has so much heart, and the themes of life and choices, regret, the question of what if, the uncertainty of identity all make for a novel that readers, even ones that aren’t sci-fi enthusiasts can enjoy, if they just give it a chance. Sure, it’s about quantum physics, and before reading this novel, if asked about quantum physics, all you’d get from me was a blank face. Now, I still don’t know much about it, other than it’s theories make for a twisted, mind-f*ck of a read. I still don’t know much about the topic because Crouch didn’t harp on it in Dark Matter, and I love him for it. I don’t think there were more than one or two pages in total on the mechanics of the topic, the focus of the novel being the dangerous, moral dilemmas presented with this brilliant concept. I was pulled in from the very beginning, and I quickly fell in love with Jason (funnily, I pictured Matt Damon while reading, because there were times the action gave me Jason Bourne vibes, and I didn’t put together that they had the same name until an embarrassingly late point in the novel ☺). I was the captain of #TeamJason and neither my psyche nor my blood pressure have any love for Blake Crouch after everything he put me through.
Blake Crouch wrote an intelligent, suspenseful, romantic, emotional, heartbreaking, fully fantastic read. (A lot of adjectives, I know, but fully deserved.) I stayed up until 2 in the morning reading it, and just inhaled the rest after I woke up. I don’t usually use the term un-put-down-able, but this one is such an engaging and addicting story that I have to. I definitely recommend.
*Sits and waits for the movie news, because this one definitely needs to be on the big screen.*