Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“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.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, 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.


Ok, so the science part of this book pretty much went over my head, but the insanity of it didn’t. It just kept getting crazier and crazier with each page turn, and I loved it! I also loved that at its heart, this felt like a love story. Jason’s love for his wife and son and his need to get back to them motivated his every move. I’m someone who doesn’t read much science fiction because I get lost in the technicalities. Placing most of the focus on the personal aspect of the story made it feel more accessible and therefore more engaging. So even if you’re not into science fiction, Dark Matter is worth giving a try.

I had a lot of fun talking through this one with fellow readers as I went along. Both for the sake of just talking it through, but also to help process some of the crazy shenanigans that were going down. I don’t feel like I can say much else without giving away too much, but I can say this: everyone who says this book is awesome and you’ve got to read it knows what they’re talking about. Also? This would make an awesome movie.

Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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Book stats: paperback, Broadway Books, 368 pages, May 2, 2017


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