Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was insane, you guys. In all the best ways. As many other reviewers have said, it’s SO hard to review this book without giving anything away, so I’m going to keep it short here!
In this sci-fi-thriller, our main character, Jason Dessen, is ambushed, kidnapped, and taken to a empty warehouse where he is beaten and drugged. As the mystery drug begins to kick in, he is asked the question, “Are you happy with your life?” From this point, we are taken on a non-stop action-packed adventure as Jason is thrust into a world where nothing is as it should be. His wife is not his wife as he knows her, and his son was never born. He’s no longer a college physics professor, but an acclaimed physicist. Jason is left fumbling trying to figure out which reality is, well, real.
Dark Matter reads kind of like a movie. I got through the 350 or so pages in only a couple of days – but probably could have in one if I had the time! Honestly, this book blew my mind over and over, and got my heart pounding in my chest. As can happen in sci-fi novels sometimes, there was never a point where my mind started to wander or where I found myself going back to remember who is who and what happened when.
Furthermore, though this book explores theories of quantum physics and multiverses, I didn’t find it hard to follow at all (hard to explain, definitely). Crouch has a way of writing about these theories that is just complex enough to make them believable, but not so dense that the average reader can’t follow.
Beyond its surface-level sci-fi-thriller category, this book takes on some deep topics such as love, philosophy, and happiness. After you get over all of the excitement of the plot, you’re left really thinking about the gravity of the choices we make daily and what it means to find true happiness in life.
Without a doubt, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch has tied Smoke by Dan Vyleta as my favorite read of 2016. You can find it in stores on July 26, 2016.
*Thank you to Crown Publishing and LibraryThing for this early copy in exchange for my honest review*