5/5 STARS PUBLISHED JULY 2016
“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.
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.
I absolutely loved this book! There were plenty of OMGs and WTHs throughout that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I completely feel in love with Jason’s character but how can you not love a man who will stop at nothing to get back to the woman he loves (heart strings pulled). And we’ve all had those moments where we’ve wondered what life would have or could have been like if we’d done some things differently. Like saying yes to something instead of saying no. Leaving someone instead of staying. Or even staying at your ‘safe’ job instead of quitting and following your dreams. I know I definitely have had those moments. This book was more than just a good thriller, Blake Crouch made you think about your own wants and dreams, plus the possibility of having a do over. I feel like that is what made it such a great read.