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.
3.5 stars, rounded up to four
Dark Matter is like reading an action movie. Like, Mission Impossible in book format. And I really enjoyed it. It’s a fun, sciencey read and I loved every minute of it.
I’ve always found the concept of parallel universes super interesting and it’s something I’ve always loved to read about. I think if you’re unfamiliar with the science terminology, this book could be a little tricky. But, Crouch does a pretty decent job explaining everything as best he can.
The characters and writing are nothing special, but not bad either. Again, it’s like an action movie. Think of your (good) action movie stars and writing, and then picture them in book form. Not the best, but enjoyable and fun to read. Jason is a decent main character, if a little boring and predictable at times.
The only major thing I would change was I wish we had a bit more resolution on Amanda. I won’t say much so as not to spoil anything, but I wanted a bit more resolution. What happened to her? I feel like her character was under-utilized and under-appreciated.
Overall though, this is a super solid sci-fi and I would highly recommend it if that’s your thing! It’s a super easy and fun book that still makes you think about life.