Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Published Date: July 26th, 2016
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 5 Explosive Stars!
I received this book for free from blogging for book in exchange for an 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.
Wow! I literally do not even know where to be begin. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a novel that blew my mind and continues to do so hours…days…weeks afterwards. Time travel alone is such a huge and weighty concept, allowing for travel through multiple universes is so gigantic a concept I still have trouble really appreciating it.
Much like The Martian, where a novel riddled with science, Blake Crouch writes with such beauty and certainty that I had no troubles following along. I didn’t feel like I needed a PhD in String Theory just to get through this book. A basic concept of the general idea of physics was more than sufficient. Dark Matter is wonderfully set to where you merely have to know what is happening, not how. Which is great considering the mere thought of interdimensional travel completely boggles my mind.
I really loved that Crouch wrote the book in a way that we are really experiencing everything first hand with Jason. We feel what he feels, fear what he fears, and completely lose our marbles just as he is losing his! There is so much going on and so many twists and turns that throughout the whole book you have no idea what is going to happen and just hope that the outcome is at the very least bearable.
At the same time that you are immersed in this psychological thrill ride, you can’t help but ask yourself some hard questions — or at least mildly become aware of them. Are there other universes out there where we went right instead of that left? Should we have access to them? Do we sometimes go too far in the name of science?
Kudos to Mr. Crouch for touching on such a controversial and immense subject, and doing it absolutely beautifully. I am looking forward to reading more from this author!