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{Review} Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

by Blake Crouch
Published by Crown on 7.26.16
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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“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.

What a whirlwind of a ride!

Jason Dessen is a college professor at a small school in Chicago. After giving up his dream of working in the field of quantum physics, he has settled nicely into his life with a wife and son. He does sometimes dream about what might have happened if he had made different choices in life, but does that mean he’s not happy with this one? What about you? If you had a chance to go back and change certain things in your life, would you? It’s certainly an interesting question, right?

So: quantum physics. Yeah. Not the easiest of subjects to deal with, and as such, it’s almost impossible to go further into this plot without spoilers. At first, I thought the author was going to ignore what I thought was the biggest problem with his scenario, but he did end up facing it head on. Kudos to Mr. Crouch for not trying to dodge it. However, because of what I felt was an “over the top” premise, I did deduct 1 star.

That said, I thought the characterization here was top notch. I totally felt for Jason and was rooting for him the entire time. I though his thoughts and actions all jived perfectly with how a guy in such a situation would act. He felt guilty for sometimes wishing his life had turned out differently, but no one deserves what happened to Jason. No one.

At breakneck pace, and as a constant parade of challenges and difficulties are presented, Jason goes about trying to solve these quantum physics puzzles. Will he finally be able to solve the problem at the center of Dark Matter, or will he be lost in the darkness forever? You will have to read Dark Matter to find out!

Highly recommended for fans of suspenseful, mystery, thrillers!

*Thanks to Crown and to Net Galley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

 

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About Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

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