Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- stand-alone novel
- Read: March 7 – 21, 2017
- Rating: 4 stars
“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.
The premise of this book was very interesting and exciting. I was a bit disappointed with it; I just think it had potential for more, though I did enjoy it very much all the same.
The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the writing style. It wasn’t bad but the lack of complete sentences and paragraphs where there could be one just putt me off. Also, this is written in first person point of view of a middle-aged male scientist – which is not a mind I’m particularly familiar with. I couldn’t relate to Jason at all. I still liked him as character but I couldn’t help but question a few of his decisions during his journey.
The science was honestly fascinating and fairly easy to understand, though I assume the science and theories in this book were summarized and ‘transformed’ into a version for dummies.
These factors that I listed above were also one of the reasons it took me so long to read this book. It was hard for me to read this during long periods of time; the science and the bad writing and Jason’s behavior were just… overwhelming. (Nevertheless, I stand by my rating of 4 stars).
I really didn’t see that ending coming. It was exciting, gripping and very emotional. The writing almost improved, or perhaps this author’s style is just better suited to writing more action-packed sort of scenes. After that ending, I really felt like this was a scifi thriller.
Dark Matter has its flaws but it’s like nothing I’ve read before and I definitely recommend you give this book a chance.