Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Crown Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
“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.
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I received this complimentary book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.
My mind has been blown into bits. I have no words at all, but I’m still going to try my best to translate all my confused thoughts into words. Never did I expect this book to be complex and interesting enough for me to enjoy. I somehow expected it to be a little good because the hype is there and thank God it’s true.
This is the part where I usually describe or summarize the book, but I don’t think you’ll enjoy it if I give you any information about it. It is best to dive in without any idea at all. However, I’m still going to include some words that will kind-of cover up the entire premise, and they are: multiverses, action, love, and mind-boggling (for you).
“I think about you every second. I think about all the choices we’ve made that created this moment. Us sitting here together at this beautiful table. Then I think of all the possible events that could have stopped this moment from ever happening, and it all feels, I don’t know…”
I don’t know if that will be able to coerce you to go to a bookstore right now and grab a copy for yourself and read it instantly because it is so damn good that it mostly kept me at the edge of my seat. It is action-packed and thrilling, and it always make me literally question my humanity and the world. I definitely don’t want to spoil anything good because I believe it’s for you to enjoy and decipher on your own.
The characters are OK; it’s not that typical annoying people in books, but they are just like how normal people roll. The book does not really have a lot of characters being introduced, mainly because the main character is the highlight of the story. Although, there are times that it will be confusing, so watch out because I won’t tell.
” ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.’ ” – Albert Einstein
One reason why I still continued reading this is because of the adventure of the main character. It sparks my curiosity which then will become fun. Again, I do not want to talk much about this because I want you guys to enjoy it as much as I did. Despite the ending having a nice closure, I still wanted more because I somehow expected a lot for the ending. Thus, it made me take off a star.
From all the things that I have uttered in this review, you know that I truly recommend this book. I also felt a Rick & Morty vibe while reading the book, so if you like that animation show, you will definitely like this one. Also, I rarely read anymore, but I still want to give my hundred percent on reviews (and I also want to fully enjoy the book I’m reading). I’m forcing you to buy or order a copy now.
4 stars for the mindfuckery!
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.
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