Sometimes a book comes along and you just can’t put it down. You can’t stop thinking about it.
Today’s book surprised me. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up. It sounded interesting and I thought it would be a good read by the pool. It never made it to the pool. I read it in one sitting and it was fabulous.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Crown (July 26, 2016)
- ISBN-10: 1101904224
- Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository
“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 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.
Tawney’s Review: This book was a mind blowing read! I couldn’t put it down. My first thought was to compare it to the movie Inception because you don’t know what to expect. You don’t know what’s going on.
The book started off with a bang! Jason Dessen, our main character, was heading home to his wife and son from drinking with a buddy. Unbeknownst to him he had been followed and thus was kidnapped. The last thing he remembers was being injected with something by his kidnapper. This is where things become strange. Jason woke up in a lab where every scientist seems to know him but they were stingers to him. They seemed to praise his return from years of being gone. Jason soon discovers he was in a different world than his own, a different multiverse.
In short, what I gathered from this book, was that a multiverse can have numerous different possible universes with the same version of yourself inhabiting them, except on different paths chosen by fate. Some might call it parallel universes.What would life be if you had made a different decision? Took a different path? That is what those multiuniverses were. I loved the science elements to this book. I understood them and Crouch weaved the science and the fiction together with ease and clarity.
This book was Jason’s adventure at trying to get back to his family through different mutiverses. His love for his family drives him to continue moving forward, even if the path is hard and unpredictable. It’s a thrill ride with science elements.
I read this book swiftly and enjoyed every moment of it from learning quantum physics and multiverses to the characters that Jason encounters. Crouch painted a wonderful description of each multiverse that Jason visited and the consequences in those worlds. Never once did I get confused or lost because Crouch does a wonderful job at keeping the scientific facts understandable while not dumbing it down.
Should you read this? Yes! A fun thriller with mind boggling science and great characters.
About the Author:
Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction with breakneck pacing and groundbreaking genre cross-breeding, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.
In 2013, his novel Pines was nominated for ITW’s Best Paperback Original Thriller Award, and his Wayward Pines series has been made into a TV series which is currently airing on Fox International Channels, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard. He has been featured in Time Magazine, the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. Blake lives in Colorado.