Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“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 am a new reader when it comes to Blake Crouch. I was, however, quite intrigued when I learned one the shows my husband and I watch religiously, Wayward Pines, was based on his trilogy. When I read the summary of Dark Matter, I thought it was something I might like, not love, just like. I didn’t pick it in my Book of the Month Club box, but when I saw it was available on Blogging for Books, I jumped at the opportunity to give the book a chance.
There’s not too much I can put in this review detail wise that won’t give away the story line, but I was intrigued from the beginning. In the first couple chapters, I ended up confused and unsure of what was going on and where the story was taking me. All of a sudden, it clicked and I was hooked. The plot was original and riveting. I was a taken on a ride that I didn’t want to end and wasn’t ready for where it was taking me. It left me thinking about my life and the path I have taken. What if one of the choices I made was just slightly different? Would things be better or worse? Do I have regrets? The book leaves you in a state of examining your life and just wondering if you were in Jason’s position- what would you be willing to do in order to save yourself and the people you love?
I finished this book in 3 days- would have been quicker if I didn’t have to adult, but I’m very satisfied with the amount of conflict, determination, and passion thrown into these pages. A definite must-read for sci-fi lovers and skeptics alike!
Words that stayed with me…
No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.
“It’s like we get so set in our ways, so entrenched in those grooves, we stop seeing our loved ones for who they are.”
I can’t help thinking that we’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.
*Thank you to Blogging for books for giving me this book in exchange for my review!