13 Sep 2017


Book Review / Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“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.

Published:     26th July 2016
Publisher:  Crown
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


What I liked about this story... This book was weird and I kind of liked it!  I certainly have not read anything like this before.  You have the main character, Jason Dessen, who is attacked by a mysterious character and knocked unconscious.  The next thing he knows he awakes being surrounded by strangers in a world that he does not recognise.  How can he find his way back to his family?  Maybe the way back is not as easy as it seems.  What I liked the most was the fact that things were definitely not all as it seemed.  You might think that this is a case of finding out who the attacker was and why he did it would be very simple, but its not.  I liked the fact that this book took a turn into the unexpected, for many reasons that I won't go into as that would spoil the story but for this reason it is definitely worth picking it up to give it a try.

What I didn't like about this story...   Despite the above, there were one or two things that didn't quite gel with me with this story.  Once I got to about halfway the story got very repetitive where Jason was trying to find his way back to his family and failing many times.  The ending to this story was just straight up weird but interesting.  I liked that part but felt that there was a particular character that I felt was unbelievably trusting and I certainly would not be in the circumstances that character faced.

In summary..  This book is definitely worth a try but bear in mind that it can be a bit repetitive and certainly takes a turn for the weird (in a good way).