Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Publisher: Crown/Penguin Random House
Rating★★★★★
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 352 pages
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Source: Review Copy
Series: No
Price: $26.99
ISBN: 978-1101904220
 

Description:
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.

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My Thoughts:

Without a doubt, everything about Crouch’s story deserves a strong bout of applause; not only does the story explore the true meaning of “what if” within an intriguing scientific context, but it examined human character and motivation with impressive depth and understanding. Although the backdrop of quantum physics may seem intimidating, Crouch approaches the science with ease and grace, never allowing for the narrative to falter or stray from its path. The characters were wholly round, even though the cast lacked diversity, and page after page, Crouch’s prose is edged with adrenaline and madcap action. Dark, disturbing, and deeply engaging, Dark Matter is a staple for every bookshelf, library, and reader.

Plus, the cover is gorgeous.

About the Author

mwvdlqjzBlake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.