Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~~ Down the Science-Fueled Rabbit Hole

34002973Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: fiction, thriller, scifi, mystery
Pages: 539
Source: Blogging for Books

Rating: 4/5 beans


“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.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from in exchange for an honest review and this has not altered my opinion.

What did I just read?? Seriously, I’m not one who reads a ton of thrillers or science based books, because much of what is said either goes over my head or isn’t what I want to think about while reading. This book though, guys, it’s intense! From start to finish there is always something going on and always something happening. There was a whole bunch of hyper for this book that made me a bit nervous to read it, but honestly, this book deserves most of the hype. The is the second book I’ve read by Blake Crouch, and I really do like it better than Pines.

To begin with, I got a little lost at the beginning of the book because I had no idea what was going on.  I won’t go too much into what actually was going on because spoilers, but I will say that I severely did NOT expect what turned out the be happening.  I loved that while there was a lot of talk about experimental and theoretical ideas, the science in the book was comprehensible and I was able to follow along with what they were talking about. I found several parts of the story to be so deep and actually made me feel incredibly small but possibly significant.  The fact that small changes in our lives could end up with a very different outcome is such a huge concept that we ignore, but this book focuses on.

It took my mind a while to wrap itself around what happened after I finished the book.  I’m not the biggest fan of the ending, but I kinda understand what happened and I have not other suggestions, but still it felt so sudden. I get the feeling that Mr Crouch isn’t the best at satisfying endings, because minus the last like 10 pages, I was enraptured in this story. Looking back, I found similar notes for his other book I read.  Overall, however, I really enjoyed the trip this book took me on and how much it made me think about my place in this universe…or version of it. Four out of five beans!

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