By Blake Crouch
Summary: “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.
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, 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.
Source: I purchased a hardcover
Dark Matter was all the rage last year, so I gave into the hype and purchased a copy. As with most of my books, it took me a bit to finally get around to reading it. The science fiction mood hit me, so I picked it up. The book was very difficult to put down and entertaining to read. I flew through it and cared about Jason and his situation. He was a character you couldn’t help but root for and feel for throughout the novel.
The plot was interesting, but not nearly as unique as I expected. I found it a tad predictable for the first half of the book because so many movies and books explore the parallel universe theory and the beginning of Dark Matter set it up so obviously with a main character who alluded to his bright future and it seemed to hit a nerve for both him and his wife that they both gave up so much for each other. The plot was still fun because I wanted to see what the other universe would be like and what would happen.
The second half of the book was much weirder and less predictable, which should have meant it was better, but I was a bit disappointed by the way the book dealt with the science. It wasn’t afraid to throw out those intense and complicated theories, but it glossed over a lot of the science and I had hoped it would be more complex. It’s a great book for people who are new to the science fiction genre or not well versed in the theories about multiverses. But for a science fiction fan who watches many documentaries about science in my free time (there’s always something space or physics related playing in the background of my house), it felt like the book just rushed and glossed over a concept I wanted to spend more time admiring.
Dark Matter would make a really good blockbuster movie that would appeal to many audiences. It was fun and entertaining with that layer of complexity that makes it different from your run of the mill action adventure.
I recommend Dark Matter.