By Blake Crouch
- ISBN-13: 9781101904220
- Publisher: Crown/Archetype
- Publication Date: 07/26/2016
- Pages: 352
- Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
“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.
Hola my enticing empanadas! This week I bring to you the absolutely fantastic tale of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I bought the audiobook and listened on my way to and from work and sometimes when I wasn’t supposed to but don’t tell on me.
I don’t remember where I heard about this book, it might have been from Kevin Hearne. I also read some rumors about this being turned into a movie. Oh my Chuck, guys. If it does get turned into a movie with the right director and screenwriter it’s going to knock everyone’s socks off.
This book, guys. This BOOK!
Two words: parallel universes. Another two words: multiple timelines. We might want to keep Barry Allen away from this book.
This review is going to basically be me fangirling about how crazy good this book is while trying not to spoil anything. I’m almost embarrassed. We all know I’m a sucker for sci-fi. This book is the reason the genre exists. Thank you Mary Shelly. There are so many twists and turns and WTF moments and I just aksdfakshdfhdiufhweifw!!!
Did I just keyboard smash you guys? Yes. Yes I did.
I can see how this might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine, but respectfully, you’re wrong. Dark Matter is amazing and I need someone out there to tweet me and fangirl with me because of reasons.
Jason Dessen is a brilliant scientist just trying to get back home after being kidnapped by a dude in a mask. The only problem? He doesn’t know where home is anymore. He’s not sure of anything. Hell, I wasn’t sure of anything either for the better part of the book. Has Jason gone insane? Was his whole life just a figment of his own imagination? What the hell is going on?!
Everyone in this book is a brilliant in their own way. There was no one that I felt was useless to the plot. The antagonists were relatable. I understood where they were coming from and why they did what they did. That’s always one of the most dangerous traits in a “villain”, when the reader understands their motives. I love it. Even Jason is not safe the morally ambiguous thing he never thought he’d have to do. When it comes to protecting your family, I think, most of us would tip-toe the fine line between doing what is morally right and what has to be logically done.
The ending guys! Oh my Chuck the ending! It was almost like an open ending but not in that unsatisfying way. I can’t explain it. It made me gasp and sit there with my mouth open for a solid minute followed by repetitive (and kind of creepy) whispers of “that was brilliant.”
I give this 5 Tacos out of the Taco Scale of Awesome. Blake Crouch has grabbed me by the collar, looked me in the eye and whispered “I’m going to screw with your head and you’re going to thank me for it”. He did and I do.
I checked goodreads after I was done reading the book for reviews and I came across some people that did not like the way the book was written. I guess it’s a little choppy? But since I had the audiobook and not the printed one I can’t say that it bothered me. I have no complains about this book. Which is super rare. I always have something to complain about.
I recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of sci-fi.
Until next time. This is Mon, over and out.