“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.
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.