Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Date of Publication: March 27th 2017
Publisher: Pan Books
“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.
This book is mind-bending, mind-blowing, head-spinning, addictive, fast, intelligent and bold. From the first page you are pulled into the story which goes spiralling down the rabbit hole. I was on the edge of my seat all throughout the read, not knowing what was going to happening next. Also, the plot is not just about what the book blurb says. It goes way deep. This book is introspective. As Jason, our protagonist, questions the choices he made in his life, you as a reader do the same too. And as Jason is trying to puzzle out everything, you are in this journey with him and get to see what might happen if you take the wrong turn. But then there’s no right or wrong. It’s just the choices you make and what you do after that that one needs to consider. This book is an absolute thrilling ride into the unknown and I loved every bit of it. The ending of this book was cherry on the cake. The ending was surprising but some part of me knew this was the only right way to end this. And it was beautiful. I hear that a movie is being made on this book. If that is true, then I am already setting aside money for the tickets.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.