Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


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“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.


Take the movie The Family Man with Nicholas Cage and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe In Another Life, add a bunch of scientists, quantum physics and suspense and mix it all up (in a box) and you get Dark Matter.

I will go so far as to say this book is genius. It would take an incredible amount of not only research, but also creativity, to pull this off.

So why only 3.5 stars? I use the word “enjoy” a lot in my reviews. I read for enjoyment, for pleasure. And while I can truly appreciate this book as an astounding feat, I didn’t really enjoy it. I can’t really put my finger on it, except to say it really wasn’t my jam.

I completely understand the 5 star reviews. This one just wasn’t for me.

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