Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

27833670.jpg“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 didn’t know what to expect when I began to read Black Matter. Although I definitely love sci-fi in films (especially stories about time travel or alternate realities) I don’t usually read science fiction books. But here’s to trying new things!! I absolutely loved this one.

Dark Matter tells the story of Jason. Jason is a really good guy and he makes it so easy to root for him. He’s a science teacher and is married to Daniela, who used to be a promising artist. They have a son, Charlie. They’re happy, although they sometimes wonder what would’ve happened if they hadn’t decided to stay together. One night, Jason goes out and is kidnapped by someone very dangerous. When he wakes up, he discovers he’s now in a different world where he’s a famous scientist and isn’t married to Daniela. But why? And how can he go back?

Interesting premise, huh? I can assure you the hype is totally worth it. And well, as I’ve said before, I’ve watched plenty of weird-time-travel-paradox movies, which means I guessed the first twist early on. But I had no problem with that, as it was what it had to be. It didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story at all.

By the time I reached 70%, I thought the book was coming to an end (though I didn’t understand why there were so many pages left). I WAS SO WRONG. Dark Matter had me gasping with shock at something I hadn’t even considered. And it was awesome. The ending was brilliant as well, as it was just the perfect conclusion to a book that I will remember for a very long time.

Because even though this is strictly sci-fi, Dark Matter is clearly a love story too. And I like them so much when they’re written like this. When you connect with the characters so much that you want them to survive everything and be happy forever and you don’t understand how Blake Crouch makes them suffer so much.

The writing is… kind of strange.
Short sentences.
Like this.
Weird but well-executed.

Dark Matter is a book I’d highly recommend. Not to everyone (after all, this is sci-fi), but I just can’t find anything I didn’t like about it. It’s super fast-paced, engaging and, most importantly, unforgettable.

Crown, 2016

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

44 thoughts on “Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

  1. What a fantastic review. You’ve sold me… it sounds like a really good book. I’ll have to look for this one, and add it to my teetering TBR pile. 🙂 I enjoy sci-fi… particularly Star Trek novels. Most of the time travel stuff I read is in the romance genre, so the love story aspect would make it even better, for my tastes..

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  2. You’re the second trusted blogger who says this book is great, so I’m putting it on my wishlist! I love that it’s not entirely sci-fi and gets the right kind of love storyline too. When a book is too centered on sci-fi I have trouble connecting with it.

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  3. I am 100% with you this book. Wow! Oh my God this book was so amazing I couldn’t even collect my thoughts after I finished it. I still haven’t collected them enough to write my review. I started it on Friday night and I read straight through until the morning. I think it was 3:30am when I finished. And then I was wide awake, saying wow that was brilliant about a hundred times to myself. I couldn’t even sleep afterward. Blake Crouch is one of my favorite science fiction authors. I read his Wayward Pines series years ago and loved it. His writing is simple but it’s so great. I love how it flows. And it works well also because of the subject matter. Science isn’t easy to explain with a bunch of metaphors in between. And wow on the science part of this book. The physics behind this concept was so cool. And I also loved the family part of it. I think it was the best book I’ve read all year. Awesome review! 🙂

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    1. You’re not in spam 😁It really flows! I also read this book in one sitting practically! Its one of my favorites too! I loved the mix between scifi and a beautiful love story!! It was perfect, really. Have you seen the film The Adjustment Bureau? It gave me a similar feeling 😄

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      1. Oh good. My comment vanished on me and I got worried I was back in jail. That’s a relief. 🙂 Yes, I’ve seen that movie, the one with Matt Damon. Right, I can totally see some of that. I was also thinking that Jason reminded me of Walter White from Breaking Bad. I really got the same sense of “what if” with both of them in terms of their backgrounds. I couldn’t put the book down. I was so hooked. And I really loved the ending. When I thought it was about to wrap up, it wasn’t even close. It was a great mix. That’s what I like about Crouch. Wayward Pines had the same vibe with his family.

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        1. Haha Yes, I thought it was ending too and then there was everything with the chat and the 2,3,416… :O I couldn’t believe it! I watched Wayward Pines, well, the first season! Haven’t read the books though. The plot is even weirder than in Dark Matter XD

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          1. The plot of Wayward Pines is much weirder. Have you ever seen the show Twin Peaks? He said he drew some of his inspiration from that show. I can totally see it. I loved his book series. The show is okay, but when you’ve read the books first and loved them, it’s hard to see a different version on screen. And the second season of the show is completely made up. It never happens in the books.

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            1. I only watched the first. I’ve seen some Twin Peaks, but not the complete series, I think that’s too weird for me 😂 Lynch and I… Don’t connect.

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  4. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and it’s making me want to read it. The synopsis kind of reminds me of this one tv show I watched forever ago that I can’t remember the name of now. I love the whole time travel aspect and books that end up shocking you are my favorite. Definitely adding it to my TBR. Great review! 😊

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    1. WHich show? Not Fringe? haha It reminded me of many movies but still this was pretty unique 😀 I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it Melissa! Thanks!!

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  5. This sounds pretty good. I don’t read Sci-Fi.I have actually never read anything under that genre but this sounds pretty good so I may get get it. I also loved the fact that it had some romance in it.Awesome review, now you are making me want to try out new genres!

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    1. You know, I haven’t seen that film in so long that I don’t even remember what it was about XD Well, the explanations as to why everything happen and how the machine works… yeah, I’d say there’s more scifi haha

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  6. This book seems to be EVERYWHERE at the moment! I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read it, and that I’m missing out BIG TIME. More hours in the day please!!

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