Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Posted July 25, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake CrouchDark Matter by Blake Crouch
Published by Crown/Archetype on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, General, Thrillers, Suspense, Technological
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio Book
Source: Publisher
ISBN: 9781101904220
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer Vacation
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A brilliantly plotted, relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy

"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.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human--a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.

I began reading Blake Crouch’s books with the Wayward Pines trilogy. I loved the fast-paced writing, suspense, and mystery. I then followed it up with Abandon, which I found to be a huge disappointment. Dark Matter, thank god, wasn’t the least bit disappointing. My faith in Crouch’s writing has been renewed, and gave me back my desire to devour all of his writing.

This novel asks the question, “Are you happy with your life?” Jason Dessen is a scientist who sacrificed his career for family. While he loves his wife and son, he’s always wondered, “What could have been?” When his old roommate receives a prestigious science award, Jason begins to wonder if he wasted his potential. With that question burning in the back of his mind, Jason is abducted, knocked on conscious, and wakes to find himself surrounded by strangers. Realizing he’s woken up in a different reality, Jason soon learns what his life would’ve been if he had sacrificed family for his career.

I really enjoyed this book that mixes quantum physics with a suspense thriller. Blake explains the science in an easily digestible way, and doesn’t let it bog down the story. Jason is a likable character and very relatable. Who among us hasn’t wondered what might be different in our lives had we made different choices? This existential story provides much to mull over as readers work to uncover the mystery alongside Jason. Dark Matter is a scientific thriller along the lines of Robin Cook’s Coma. A man fights to uncover the truth behind his situation, only to discover that it’s bigger than he could have ever imagined. Jason must figure out how he came to be trapped in an alternate reality, and how he can get back home safe to his family. If you love a good, suspenseful thriller you won’t want to miss this thrilling story.

About Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.


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