Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

51w68MUG7mLPublisher: Crown
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016

From the jacket:

“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 a heart stopping, brain bending, expertly plotted, roller coaster of a scifi thriller. It blew my mind at every turn, and made me stop on multiple occasions to reflect upon my attitude about my own life and choices that define it. I inhaled it in a single sitting, all adult responsibilities and sleep be damned, while whispering unintelligible exclamations to myself as I pressed on, captivated, well into the wee hours of the morning.

This book is everything and Blake Crouch is a freaking genius. It’s impossible to say much more without spoiling plot points.

I’ve had Dark Matter for a few months now, sitting innocuously on my nightstand. I went in knowing nothing about it, unsure of what to expect, and came out cursing myself for waiting so long to read it! Now when I look over at it, I can almost see it thrumming with energy, trying to contain the unbelievable story inside.

It satisfied all of the nerdiest parts of me, with fascinating explanations of quantum mechanics and a multiverse 4th dimension that humans have thus far not figured out how to tap into (that we know of). It also got me right in my heart parts, with a powerful love story at the core of it.

What would you do if you could go back and make a different defining choice for your life? And if you could, would you really want to know the outcome?

Final Thoughts: If you love scifi, and you can only read one book this year, make it THIS book. I want to yell from the rooftops about how much I love this book. If you’ve been within a 1 foot radius from me within the last few days, chances are I’ve shouted incomprehensibly to you about it. Hands down, Dark Matter is my favorite book of 2016. It comes out on July 26th, so do yourself a favor and pre order it 5 minutes ago.  I’ve already scoped out everything else that Blake Crouch has written, and added them to my Amazon wish list. You can read more about the author here.

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Favorite Characters: Jason, Daniela,

Memorable Quotes: I read this one at breakneck speed, not even pausing for a moment to make note of quotes or passages that stood out to me.

I received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

8 thoughts on “Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

  1. Jasmine says:

    I am currently reading this book. It’s interesting if we could experience how our life would be in different paths. The sad thing about having one life to live is doing the one thing we set out to do. Go to school, obtain a career, and keep at it. I usually admire those who worked in one field for 40 years, but now reading this book, I wonder if that is a wise choice to be stuck in one path that long. What is your personal view on it?


    • TheBookQueen says:

      This book really made me think, and some of the thoughts weren’t awesome. I fell into a rabbit hole of what ifs for a while. So many different choices to make at any given moment that can change everything. It’s truly mind blowing. I think that you have to make the best choices you can, and sometimes, choices are made out of necessity rather than desire.

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