Dark Matter | Blake Crouch (Review)

Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Crown
ISBN 1101904224 (ISBN13: 9781101904220)
Edition Language English


“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.


I found this book through the Book of the Month website and it instantly stuck out to me. I didn’t really know exactly what the book was about but all I knew was that I wanted to read it. It gripped me from the description so I went into this book with extremely high hopes. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Not one bit.

For the second time in the past few weeks I find myself in the situation of trying to review a book while giving away very few details. Half the fun of this read is finding out what the hell is going on as you’re reading. Going in as ignorant as possible is the best way to do it because all of the twists and turns are so worth not knowing what’s happening. You get more of a sense of the stress and confusion that Jason is going through because you’re just as stressed and confused as he is.

Quite like I felt just from reading the description I was gripped from the word go once I actually started the book. From the beginning the book is thrilling and scary and you’re just not sure what in the world is happening or why and you’re filled with a complete sense of unease. It also lends to the fact that you don’t want to put the book down because you want to know what is happening.

There’s quite the love story that is weaved through but at the heart of the book it truly is a sci-fi thriller. It’s not a cheesy romance novel by any means but the love story is a huge driving force for Jason and why he is willing to go through some pretty terrifying things. I’m completely fascinated by science and there were a couple times that the whole quantum physics aspects of the book went over my head and had me wondering how it all worked. It wasn’t anything that was too overwhelming though and there was much more that’s understandable than not.

My favorite part of Dark Matter was the whole philosophical aspect of it. It truly makes you think and wonder how you would react in similar situations. Not only that but it will have you constantly rethinking if you ever want to ask yourself ‘what if?’ again. That’s a question that is ingrained in most of our minds but the way this book touches on that is truly incredible.

Blake Crouch hit one out of the park with this one. I don’t even know what else to say about it. It’s one of my favorite books of 2016 and it’s a book that I haven’t stopped thinking about since I finished it.

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