Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (EPUB)
“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 the kind of compelling “I must know WTF is going on” book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world – this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells – and you don’t want to come out until you know how it ends. Real life? Who cares? Shit is going down and I need answers!
I recently read Crouch’s Pines and was pretty disappointed. It was a great concept, but I thought the TV show was better and I didn’t much like any of the characters. That’s not a problem here. Jason Dessen goes through some serious shit and it’s hard not to find sympathy for him when his life is ripped apart.
It’s mind-bending and exciting. I felt connected to the book on a personal level because I shared Jason’s horror and the fear that he would never make it back to the family he loves. So it was emotionally engaging. But it was also thought-provoking. I could feel my eyes getting wider as I read further into the story.
The sort of “twist” in the plot is the perfect kind. One of those that I really should have seen coming – it was so obvious! – and yet I didn’t. At all. So so good.