Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

27833670Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Fiction

Publisher: Tor

Published: July 26, 2016

Page Amount: 342 pages

Blurb 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.

Why Read: I picked this up at Penguin Random House with that friend that I keep hinting at *wink wink* who is the best person in the world for getting me all of the books ever. Yes. Anyhow. I picked up this book courtesy of her recommendation (and when you live and work in books… I tend to follow what you tell me to read). I knew nothing about it, but something tells me that physics and fiction books tend to work out for the best.

Review: Short summary? There’s a reason Dark Matter is topping the best-seller charts in Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It’s good, really good. Longer Summary? When you mix together physics and multiple worlds where you aren’t yourself (even when you are), it’s going to be a riveting story. I was immediately entranced by the idea of multi-universes, where every choice you make splits off into a different dimension (Shout-out to Sophie’s World). Poor protagonist Jason has to deal with the repercussions when another Jason decides that he wants to go on the path less-traveled. Unfortunately, our Jason happened to be in the way.

You can imagine then, how weird it is to read about Jason discovering other potential outcomes of his world. Somehow he stays sane, holding it together for his wife and child, who at least seem to keep him somewhat grounded and less insane than the other Jasons – which makes him… not an insane main character whose vision we can’t trust. Thankfully unreliable narrator is absent. Still as the protagonist, he’s not the easiest to empathize with, but certainly he needs all of the sympathy you can muster.

This is one of those books that moves quickly, and I appreciate that – a good novel where scenes pass like seconds, and I have to force myself not to speed-read, and not to miss important, critical details. As for the writing style, it was certainly well-written. It reads like a classic airport thriller but with the content of a literary fiction pick. I could have done with more physics descriptions, but living with layman’s terms is something that I can handle. Regardless yes, I’m going to recommend it strongly. Extremely strongly.

Rating: 4.7/5 Stars

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