Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Rating: 5 Stars
Publisher: Crown
Pub. Date: July 26, 2016
Hardcover, 342 pages

Obtained from: my local library 

My Review:

First, I have loved Blake Crouch since I was introduced to him with the book, Desert Places and then Locked Doors.  Last year I read his Wayward Pines series and was reminded of how much I loved his books.  So when I saw he had a new one out and the library had it, I grabbed it.

I loved this book, as in I read it in two sittings, which is kind of impossible with two kids, one a tween and one a teen, both in sports, along with being a wife, cook, and working 40 hours a week.  But I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down.  Seriously.

The writing reminded me of some of the great science fiction writing from Michael Crichton.  Sphere, Congo, Timeline, Airframe and many others.  Crouch explores the space/time continuum in a way that I felt was crazy yet believable.

I loved the premise and the execution was great. Sometimes I was just a little bogged down, but on a whole this was amazing.  I loved the characters, especially Jason and his wife.  I loved the ideas explored such as the path not taken. What would you do if you could change one decision in your life, a small or large one.  What effects would it have.  This book questions all of this and gives you a relate-able character to follow through the book.

I don’t want to give anything away, but if you enjoy true science fiction, this is a great book.  The science is interesting and presented in a way that a reader can easily understand.  The characters are intriguing and the premise and plot are amazing.

So run, don’t walk and use your Christmas money to get this one.  Or your everyday money.  Or find it at the library.  It’s good, and if it’s your first Blake Crouch and you love it, definitely go through his backlist.  I’m going to work on that in the new year.

About the Book:

“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.

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