★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch has gotten so much hype, and it certainly deserves it. This book is so (positively) overwhelming, thought-provoking, and made me feel so small the further along. It is such an engaging thriller with sci-fi elements that I truly enjoyed, and the science and multiverse discussion spoken throughout is complex, yet easily understood for all readers. The concept of parallel universes in this book is unnerving, but so compelling that I was looking forward to reading more about it from Jason’s point of view.
No matter how much you thought you possibly had figured out, another mind-boggling twist came along. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. When I finished, I had to take some time to process my own thoughts because it was an action-packed story that tugged at the heartstrings. The ending was open to interpretation, but it was a solid closing. From start to finish, this book was an adrenaline rush equally mind-blowing and terrifying.
“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.
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Crown
I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.