Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Review


Published: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Crown

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 342 (Hardcover)

My Rating: 5.0/5.0


“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.

I’ve seen so many ravingly positive reviews for Dark Matter that I went ahead and made it my next audio pick for October. All those wonderful reviews were completely justified because this book was mind-bendingly fantastic! I was hooked from the very first chapter and there was never ever a dull or pointless moment. This book reminded me of the TV series Fringe for the science and other aspects, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy for the sometimes desolate and hopeless feeling it evoked.

Jason Dessen was a physics professor at a small college in Chicago, that is, until he was kidnapped and drugged on his way home from getting ice cream. Now he’s woken up in a world where he has no wife and son, but has everything in regards to his professional career. He’s won major awards for his research and built something that he could barely imagine even in his wildest dreams, but things aren’t what they’re supposed to be and he’s pretty sure he’s going crazy. This book really made me think about my life and what I would change about it if I could and how my choices have driven me to become who I am. I was surprised that Dark Matter was thought provoking, but I am increasingly fond of fiction that has a deeper message.

The story was incredible and I felt nearly as bewildered as poor Jason for the first little bit of the book because it’s unclear what’s actually happened to him. Is he crazy? Is he in another world? Let’s just say there’s nothing scarier than seeing what could have been. While this story was really a scifi thriller, I can’t help but to point out that it was also a beautiful love story. Jason is trying to find his wife Daniela and son Charlie through an infinite number of realities and he must struggle on and on until he can find his way home. A place may have all the trappings of a home, but nothing can replace YOUR home.

I am convinced that this book would be a sensational, award winning movie if only they would cast it properly and stick to the storyline. I would LOVE to see this as a movie!! I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a mind blowing experience- it’s thrilling, utterly crazy, and really had my adrenaline pumping. The ending was satisfyingly open ended, so you can only hope for the best for all the characters but I do hope this will remain as a standalone novel. There is no need to continue on with the storyline because I feel that it would only decrease in quality and become repetitive and ridiculous.


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