Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review of Dark Matter

Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
Published July 26th, 2016 by Crown
ISBN 1101904224
Hardcover, 342 pages

“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.


As soon as I read page one it was like being pushed off a cliff and free falling until I hit the bottom or “end”. Consequently, I become so engrossed putting down the book was close to impossible, so on the second day of reading it I stayed up all night to finish it. It’s been awhile since I read a book that held me as captivated like this one did. Hence, the plot is extraordinarily creative, although the “theory” the author constructed seemed feasibly conceivable. Furthermore, it is impossible to assume what is going to occur next since the nature of the story is remarkably unique. Chocked-full of action and adventure there is never a dull moment it is like the book has a magnetic force that keeps the pages turning.

The Days Inn occupies the building across the street from Village Tap. Only it doesn’t. The canopy is the wrong color, and the entire facade looks bizarrely upmarket. These are luxury apartments. I even see a doorman standing on the curb under an umbrella, trying to hail a cab for a woman in a black trench coat.  

Undoubtedly, this book causes you to think deeply about ample circumstances. Such as, how is the universe really constructed, what you will endure for the people you love, did you make the right choices in life, I could keep going on but this alone gives you something to chew on. You will have no regrets about reading this book I found it highly engrossing plus there is something for every type of reader in Dark Matter. Wherefore, as much as I love this book I find it hard to review because I do not want to give any minute detail away. I hope you will read it and will relish it as much as I did. Accordingly, I will be rereading this book over and over.   

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.

Thanks, NetGalley & Blogging for Books for letting me do this review

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