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.
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.
Publication: July 26, 2016
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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I have been EAGERLY anticipating Dark Matter by Blake Crouch since I first heard about it. The premise of alternate realities is something I absolutely love and this novel definitely delivered! The story was fast-paced, exciting, and the science seemed super interesting.
The narrator was fantastic because you could really see just how much his life mattered to him. When he was thrust into this alternate life, he didn’t stop to think hey, this is pretty cool, I’ve got all this money, and I accomplished all these great things, let me stay here for a bit. Nope. He just wanted to go home. Is Jason the ideal man? Possibly, since I doubt even I would be able to resist staying in a new world a bit longer.
The latter half of the novel, I felt it started to spin out and get a bit sloppy. That’s the only reason it was knocked down a star. I understand why it spun out and thought it was fantastic because it never occurred to me that a situation like that could happen, but it still was a bit too much. Too chaotic. However, the ending was absolutely fantastic. It was a well-deserved ending that definitely befitted the true narrator of the novel.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was a touching, well written science-fiction novel. Crouch’s take on the multiverse theory was fantastic and definitely went into a direction I hadn’t thought it could. For a full spoilers review, check out the vlog on Tuesday!
Quotes & Excerpts
No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.
The older I get, the less I understand. I love my son. He means everything to me. And yet, I can’t escape the feeling that I’m failing him. Sending him off to the wolves with nothing but the crumbs of my uncertain perspective.
It’s the beautiful thing about youth.
There’s a weightlessness that permeates everything because no damning choices have been made, no paths committed to, and the road forking out ahead is pure, unlimited potential.
“Imagine you’re a fish, swimming in a pond. You can move forward and back, side to side, but never up out of the water. If someone were standing beside the pond, watching you, you’d have no idea they were there. To you, that little pond is an entire universe. Now imagine that someone reaches down and lifts you out of the pond. You see that what you thought was the entire world is only a small pool. You see other ponds. Trees. The sky above. You realize you’re a part of a much larger and more mysterious reality than you had ever dreamed of.”
About the Author
Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming 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.
To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website, www.blakecrouch.com, follow him on Twitter – @blakecrouch1 – or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blakecrouchauthor