Author: Blake Crouch
Published by: Crown
Publication Date: July 26, 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 indeed! After reading the blurb I was fairly certain this would involve an alternate universe or something of the kind. I mean I hoped so anyway. Boy, did I get more than I bargained for. It’s far more interesting and excited than just an alternate universe! And was it ever fascinating!
Jason has a good life. A beautiful, loving wife and a well-adjusted teenage son that doesn’t give him too much grief. That is, until he’s abducted and his life is turned upside down. Nothing is the same. We’re taken on Jason’s wildly thrilling journey to get back to those he loves. Where choices matter.
The thing is, the less details you know, the better. I will say that it gets crazy! It’s both terrifying and exciting. What Jason experiences is what nightmares are made of, yet I would be the first in line to do it. I’m insane like that.
Dark Matter is smart, crisp, and gets a little mind-boggling – trust me when I say that it’s in the very best way. The fast-pace with the unexpected lurking around every corner kept me on my toes until the last page.
I haven’t read any of Crouch’s other books, but now I have grabby hands for them all!