Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


My Rating: 5 Stars

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Pub Date: July 26, 2016

Length: 342 pages

For People Who Like: Science Fiction, Thrillers, Fast Paced Reads, Dystopian-esque novels

Bri’s Thoughts:

This book was an intense science fiction thrill ride and was without a doubt a 5 star read for me. I did go into this book expecting to enjoy it (I had heard only good things), but I did not expect to be as amazed as I was. Everything in this book was so well thought out and realistic that it had my mind spinning with ideas and questions about the universe that only a physicist like Jason, the main character, can answer.

I don’t usually read science fiction and was originally quite wary about the fact that a lot of the technical stuff would go right over my head, but thankfully, this was not the case. Crouch managed to write this story in a way that almost anyone can comprehend. This is even more impressive due to the fact that Jason is traveling through different time dimensions- meaning that it could be easy to confuse the reader- yet at no point in the story did I ever have to go back and try to figure out what was going on. It was a smooth read that keeps you hooked and trying to figure out how Jason’s situation could possibly be resolved.

Overall, the thing that really sets this book apart and makes it so compelling is the way that it keeps you emotionally invested. While we are on the journey through the dimensions with Jason, we are able to feel his worry, anxiety, and loss of his wife and son. He begins to realize all the complexities of life and just how slim the odds were for his happy life and family. This is something that everyone can relate to and the book leaves the reader with a feeling of gratitude for the good in the everyday.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“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.