Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Science Fiction, Technothriller
Length: 342 pages
Rating: 5 Stars


“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.

Grace Review

This is book is not like I expected, but everything I want from a book.

I went into this book blind, having only read the synopsis enough to know that it sounded intriguing. Other than the science element, I had no idea what I was getting into, and I think that’s for the best. This is one of those books that knowing the plot in advance, will ruin the experience of discovering for yourself. So I will try to keep things as vague as possible in my review.

“Are you happy with your life?”

Without giving anything major away, this book tackles the ideas of choices. How a choice made leads you down one path, but many other possible paths exist. It also tackles the idea of regret, and wanting a “do over” for past decisions.

“I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.”

The primary narrator is Jason Dessen, a man with a simple life. A life taken from him in the blink of an idea. From there, I’ll admit, I was very confused. There a box that hold unimaginable possibilities, both good and bad. And that box may be the key to unraveling what has happened to Jason.

It’s a troubling paradox – I have total control, but only to the extent I have control over myself.
My emotions.
My inner storm.

This book felt like a homecoming for me, as a reader. I used to love reading scientific thrillers, but have struggled over the years to find something as appealing as what I used to read. This book brought those old feelings back. A book that’s incredibly complex, and at times, a bit above my intelligence level, lol. But I grasped the overall message and loved how the story was not predictable in any way. To put it bluntly, this story is a huge MIND FUCK!!! By the end, my brain was in overdrive. I was floored by this author’s wild imagination, and would love if this book made it to the big scene (last I looked, the options for the story have been bought, so I have my fingers crossed).

This is a book that may not be your typical read, but if you like something that is creative and unexpected, I urge you to take a chance on this story. It is unlike anything you’ve ever read before and will have you thinking well beyond the last page.

– Grace

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