A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.
“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 brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Blake Crouch takes every wisecrack about life in a parallel universe and makes it unnervingly literal. When scientist Jason Dessen finds himself forced into an alternate reality, the world is very different from how he knew it. But when Dessen tries to get back to his own world, the pressure kicks in, and soon he’s stumbling through one alternate reality after another, pursued by an implacable enemy. Crouch peppers this addictive, thrilling sci-fi story with action scenes that are beyond tense, making you cringe even as you’re dying to see what comes next.
Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension do much to redeem the outlandish plot of this SF thriller from Crouch (the Wayward Pines trilogy). Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend's unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now Jason is a professor at a small Chicago college, content with his warm and loving family life until he's abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In this world, Jason didn't marry his girlfriend and never had a son. Jason is determined to get back to his family and his own world, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology. Crouch makes little attempt to justify the underlying science fiction MacGuffin, but a rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering.
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What any great sci-fi ought to be
Pay no mind to anyone that says it needs more science. It establishes the theoretical sci-fi premise early on in the story, then it leaves the science alone. The story is not about science. As any great sci-fi, it is about humanity and human relationships. It teaches us things about ourselves and our existence by providing a lens for reflection. What we do with that lens is up to us. Crouch provided the lens, and I provided the introspection to my own enjoyment. Not to mention it's a light read. It moves at a breezy pace. It's easy to accept the wildly fictional premise with all its little plot holes and enjoy the ride.
Sci-Fi for the everyday
Excellent story. Sci-fi that you can really put yourself in the main character’s shoes with ease.
Amazing story. What an imagination!