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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publisher: Published October 28th 2016 by Bolinda/Macmillan audio (first published July 26th 2016)
ISBN: 9781509846061
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“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 k “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. From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, 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.

30 review for Dark Matter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I suppose we’re both just trying to come to terms with how horrifying infinity really is. This book made me feel tiny. It was overwhelming and scary, but oh so very gripping too. Dark Matter is the kind of compelling "I must know WTF is going on" book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world - this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells - and you don't want to come out until you know how it I suppose we’re both just trying to come to terms with how horrifying infinity really is. This book made me feel tiny. It was overwhelming and scary, but oh so very gripping too. Dark Matter is the kind of compelling "I must know WTF is going on" book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world - this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells - and you don't want to come out until you know how it ends. Real life? Who cares? Shit is going down and I need answers! I recently read Crouch's Pines and was pretty disappointed. It was a great concept, but I thought the TV show was better and I didn't much like any of the characters. That's not a problem here. Jason Dessen goes through some serious shit and it's hard not to find sympathy for him when his life is ripped apart. After being abducted one night by a masked man, Jason is knocked unconscious and wakes in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people who all seem to think he's somebody he isn't. What happened to him? Where are his beloved wife and son? These are questions that he will try to answer. But, as he discovers more and more about his situation, he starts to doubt what is real and what is not. Doubt whether he'll ever make it back to his life. Doubt whether it ever even existed at all. I think, like you, like me, like everyone, she had regrets. I think sometimes she woke up in the night wondering if the path she took was the right one. And just when you think you got it. When you think you've wrapped your brain around where this book is taking you and what's going on - well, buckle your seat belts, because this ride is about to get a whole lot crazier. In a good way. It's mind-bending and exciting. I felt connected to the book on a personal level because I shared Jason's horror and the fear that he would never make it back to the family he loves. So it was emotionally engaging. But it was also thought-provoking. I could feel my eyes getting wider as I read further into the story. The sort of "twist" in the plot is the perfect kind. One of those that I really should have seen coming - it was so obvious! - and yet I didn't. At all. So so good. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    4.5 This book f*cked me up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Masterson

    LOVED IT!!! This book is insanity in a box! 5 stars! Believe the hype! Do not read many reviews! If you like sci fi or want something different and can suspend disbelief read or listen to this book! This is the audio version review! The audio narrated by actor, Jon Lindstrom, is as good as it gets! He was the perfect narrator for "Dark Matter". This man was born to narrate books! He's that good! "Dark Matter" starts out pretty simple and then very quickly it turns insane and just keeps getting cra LOVED IT!!! This book is insanity in a box! 5 stars! Believe the hype! Do not read many reviews! If you like sci fi or want something different and can suspend disbelief read or listen to this book! This is the audio version review! The audio narrated by actor, Jon Lindstrom, is as good as it gets! He was the perfect narrator for "Dark Matter". This man was born to narrate books! He's that good! "Dark Matter" starts out pretty simple and then very quickly it turns insane and just keeps getting crazier and crazier. When you think it can't get any crazier it does! Trust me! I will never look at a box the same way again! If there is a trigger warning for boxes this book should have it! Lol! Jason Desson is a physicist. He has been married to Daniela for years. He has a son, Charlie, who is almost 15 years old. He's generally a happy guy. He works at a college and loves his family. One day he goes to a bar. When he leaves the bar everything changes! That's it. That's all the plot summery I'm giving you because from there I would be going into spoiler territory. I will share one quote that I think avoids spoilers, but might peak your curiosity: "Is it possible to outthink yourself". Boom! And that's all folks!!! Read it!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    It's terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, creates a new world. Dark Matter, to be blunt, is miles and miles away from the line that marks my ‘‘comfort zone.’’ I never, or very, very seldom, read books such as this one. But the truth is, I never read a book like Dark Matter before. It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a science fiction book. It’s thought-provoking, gripping, action-filled. It makes you think about life and family and what It's terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, creates a new world. Dark Matter, to be blunt, is miles and miles away from the line that marks my ‘‘comfort zone.’’ I never, or very, very seldom, read books such as this one. But the truth is, I never read a book like Dark Matter before. It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a science fiction book. It’s thought-provoking, gripping, action-filled. It makes you think about life and family and what matters most. Who you are, who you were, who you could be. What you want, what you need and what you should have. When to start, when to stop and when to go back. The writing is so very simplistic, but it does the job. It just isn’t the reason why this book is so highly praised. The author manages, however, to bring to life an authentic, loveable and heart-warming hero… or shall I say heroes? There is a lot going on in this story. Don’t you worry, there’s not just action. There’s plenty of inspirational quotes and deep, emotional scenes and surprises. I can’t give this book a five-star rating, because the writing isn’t great exactly and it’s simply not the type of book I would ever reread, but if I were to rate it on my enjoyment alone, my rating would be a four point five. When I said that Dark Matter is thought-provoking, I meant every syllable. There is no way to close this book and not ponder tiny, big things in your life. No way to not question some things or not smile at others. I won’t summarize the story, because I read this having no prior knowledge of what it would contain, and the reading turned out amazing for me. Plus it’s much more poignant this way. You won’t see a thing coming. Even the ending is not what you’ll expect at the beginning. But it’s good. Oh, it’s very good. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Best way to sum this up - one of the most unique and original stories I have read in a long time. 75% of this book I cannot give you a similar example of from another story. I can see why others have said it is tough to review without spoiling. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT GETS SPOILED FOR YOU! It is the perfect balance of suspense, action, sci-fi, romance, and WHAT THE HECK!?!? I was enthralled the entire time and did not want to put it down (but we all have to sleep and work sometime, rig Best way to sum this up - one of the most unique and original stories I have read in a long time. 75% of this book I cannot give you a similar example of from another story. I can see why others have said it is tough to review without spoiling. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT GETS SPOILED FOR YOU! It is the perfect balance of suspense, action, sci-fi, romance, and WHAT THE HECK!?!? I was enthralled the entire time and did not want to put it down (but we all have to sleep and work sometime, right?) Maybe this book isn't for you, but perhaps there is a different version of you somewhere and it is perfect for them. Do that other you justice and give this one a shot! Update 12/6/2016 - ARGH! This should have won the Goodreads Choice Awards! I am calling for a recount!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I loved the premise of this story. Are we really happy? What if we made different decisions in life? What if we could live out choices we never made but wished we did? What if we went left instead of right? Straight. Backward. Diagon Alley. Harry Potter. The premise was very interesting. The stuff about the box and the multiverse and even the science at times was interesting. Why couldn't you pull that off, Andy Weir? The plot is so fast-paced and relentless. Even if you aren't fully invested, you want t I loved the premise of this story. Are we really happy? What if we made different decisions in life? What if we could live out choices we never made but wished we did? What if we went left instead of right? Straight. Backward. Diagon Alley. Harry Potter. The premise was very interesting. The stuff about the box and the multiverse and even the science at times was interesting. Why couldn't you pull that off, Andy Weir? The plot is so fast-paced and relentless. Even if you aren't fully invested, you want to keep going because it's so easy to keep going. Few paragraphs have more than two sentences. Most have just one. Or just a few words. Or a list. Sausage. Pepperoni. Cheese. Bacon. I use the word "paragraph" loosely. Blake Crouch doesn't use paragraphs at all. Sometimes. Sentences. Words. Little description. All plot. All action. Lots of running. Guns. Murder, kind of. Surprises. Family. Love. Science. It's all there. This book really just wants a few hours of your attention. That's all. It doesn't need you to think too much about it, and it doesn't need you to remember it a few weeks later when you're doing other more important stuff. It just wants to hang out and take you on a little ride for the weekend and then let you off to get back to your real life. Keep your arms and legs inside at all times. Until the ride comes to a complete stop. Thank you for choosing Dark Matter. We know you have choices when it comes to science fiction thriller books, and we thank you for choosing this one to entertain you today. The Martian. Harlan Coben, any of them. No more comparisons. I can see this being made into a movie. Something like The Matrix. Seems like Blake Crouch has all of his stuff turned into TV shows these days. Wayward Pines. Some other show on TNT, I think. I don't know enough to really comment on those. But, I know they're there. They're Their There They're there in their whatever. This is written just like that young adult trilogy, Chaos Walking. The Knife of Never Letting Go is a better book. But, that's just me. I don't even know why I need to say that. They're different books. They're there and they're different books for young adults and their enjoyment there. Yes, they are. They're. Hello there! I do think if we could really do what this book talks about, or if there really is what this book says there is... boy... that would be wild, and I think our heads would explode trying to rationalize it. Boom! Pow! Zap! Zap! only if our heads explode because of a Taser, or a laser beam I guess. Anyway, if you made it this far... I'm sorry. I think you should read this if you want a fun thrill ride one day or two. Don't expect much from Dark Matter and it will get the job done. Zap!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Dr. Mr. Crouch, I was first introduced to your work via my Aunt Janet “The Librarian” years ago; she started me off with your Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series and I knew I’d found a new favorite author. I branched out on my own and decided to try the Wayward Pines series; somehow I ended up liking that even more than the previous. I was on a roll! Months ago, when I first saw your new book listed on NetGalley, it was vague and sneaky, both things I like in a book, but I decided to wait on requ Dr. Mr. Crouch, I was first introduced to your work via my Aunt Janet “The Librarian” years ago; she started me off with your Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series and I knew I’d found a new favorite author. I branched out on my own and decided to try the Wayward Pines series; somehow I ended up liking that even more than the previous. I was on a roll! Months ago, when I first saw your new book listed on NetGalley, it was vague and sneaky, both things I like in a book, but I decided to wait on requesting until I saw a couple of reviews. Then it hit me-everyone was describing this new book as a love story. A LOVE STORY?! No thanks; not for me. I don’t do that mushy-gushy nonsense. I was disappointed; I had really hoped for something exciting and fresh! As time went on, more of my Goodreads buds kept giving me grief to the point I agreed to read it, but I put it off as long as possible until finally I just needed to clear it off my shelf. I was still a little bitter and possibly throwing a tantrum, but I was going to read it despite your utter betrayal into the land of touchy feely. Boy was I wrong. I know; I should have trusted you. And I finally get all those “this is truly a love story-blah blah blah” comments, because at heart, it is just that. You made sure to include all the intelligent, thrilling components of a Blake Crouch masterpiece that made me almost cancel my date night because I had to read “just one more chapter”. I’m not sure who’s bright idea it was to release your book during this Stranger Things phenomenon, but it was genius. My brain hasn’t had to process this much science since college, and it’s given me the illusion that I can moonlight as an intellectual again. Hehe. Anyway, no plot summary, giveaways, or spoilers here, but thank you good sir for putting in the time and effort to create an unforgettable journey that is sure to stay with all its readers for years to come. I appreciate you keeping it simple enough for my brain to keep up, and hopefully I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ll be recommending this to everyone in the near future and am sure to include this in my Top Books of 2016 round up. Thanks again, and looking forward to the next book. I promise to be more trusting the next go around. All the best, Chels P.S. I received my digital copy via NetGalley from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest and fair review. I ended up loving it so much that they sent a paper arc that was leftover and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival to add to my collection of awesome books that were keepers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow. Mind-blown. Amazed. Completely enamored. This book shook me up, made me think and held my heart captive. I’m beyond impressed with Blake Crouch’s writing. The philosophical nature of this story and his ability to paint such a vivid world with his words really got to me. It shook me to my core. “Are you happy in your life?” I’m the first to admit, science-fiction isn’t my thing. Not my go-to genre or even one I read with any type of consistency. In fact, it was seeing sci-fi in the blurb tha Wow. Mind-blown. Amazed. Completely enamored. This book shook me up, made me think and held my heart captive. I’m beyond impressed with Blake Crouch’s writing. The philosophical nature of this story and his ability to paint such a vivid world with his words really got to me. It shook me to my core. “Are you happy in your life?” I’m the first to admit, science-fiction isn’t my thing. Not my go-to genre or even one I read with any type of consistency. In fact, it was seeing sci-fi in the blurb that initially made me run the other way. I couldn’t ignore the sheer number of stellar reviews I kept seeing though and ultimately that’s what piqued my curiosity enough to give it a go. I’m so glad I did. I loved every single moment of Jason’s story. Right out of the gate, it was a heart-pounding, on the edge of my seat, ‘what is going on?’ kind of story. Jason goes from having a quiet family night with his wife and 14 year-old son; to being abducted at gunpoint, stripped naked and taken to an abandoned warehouse. From there, an unexpected journey ensues. It’s a race to find his way back home, to the life he wants and those he loves the most. Along the way, the author presents so many questions and quandaries about life. Things that will make you sit back and think. Not only about Jason’s journey, but you might even find yourself examining your own life. If you had the chance to live as a different version of yourself, would you? This book is deep, so be prepared. “I can’t help thinking that we’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.” Jason was such an easy character to connect with. His sheer will and perseverance is what drew me to him the most. I loved that he never, not for one single moment, wavered on his decision and ultimately what he wanted. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a love story. Which in this instance and in this genre felt completely unexpected, to me. “What would I be without you?” My one question - what happened to Amanda? I wish we were given a final chapter from her perspective. I would love to know where she ended up. *A huge THANK YOU to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I just read the craziest book and it was so good. I was going along wanting to find out what in the world has happened to Jason! Why has he lost his identity. Who are these people after him! I mean one minute, you have a wife and kid and then you don't. Your in another world .. ish. AND. THEN. IT. WAS. DOWN. THE. RABBIT. HOLE. Just trying to enjoy this book and they lured me right on down that hole! So now. What am I going to say in this review that won't give anything away. I mean this is a boo I just read the craziest book and it was so good. I was going along wanting to find out what in the world has happened to Jason! Why has he lost his identity. Who are these people after him! I mean one minute, you have a wife and kid and then you don't. Your in another world .. ish. AND. THEN. IT. WAS. DOWN. THE. RABBIT. HOLE. Just trying to enjoy this book and they lured me right on down that hole! So now. What am I going to say in this review that won't give anything away. I mean this is a book that you need to talk about with people. It is full of science and alternate this and alternate that. Holy crow, the things Jason has to go through just to try to find his wife Daniela and his son Charlie is CRAZY!!! The book is good though, it will definitely keep you on your toes and have a lot of those what the.. moments. And when you find out who is behind a lot of this stuff when he goes to different realities, it will throw you for a loop! I was like, no way!!!! I would not want to be this man! Anyway, all of you science peeps out there should read it and some others too. I want to see what some of my friends think about it. **I would like to thank Penguin Random House for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest review.** MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    *****NO SPOILERS, I SWEAR.***** ”What if all the pieces of belief and memory that comprise who I am--my profession, Daniela, my son--are nothing but a tragic misfiring in that gray matter between my ears? Will I keep fighting to be the man I think I am? Or will I disown him and everything he loves, and step into the skin of the person this world would like for me to be? And if I have lost my mind, what then? What if everything I know is wrong? No. Stop. I am not losing my mind.” There is nothing more *****NO SPOILERS, I SWEAR.***** ”What if all the pieces of belief and memory that comprise who I am--my profession, Daniela, my son--are nothing but a tragic misfiring in that gray matter between my ears? Will I keep fighting to be the man I think I am? Or will I disown him and everything he loves, and step into the skin of the person this world would like for me to be? And if I have lost my mind, what then? What if everything I know is wrong? No. Stop. I am not losing my mind.” There is nothing more frustrating to a reviewer than reading a book that can’t be written about. Almost every piece of information I could give you about this book is a ***spoiler***. Now, my definition of a spoiler and other people’s definition of a spoiler are not always the same, but in the case of this book the less said, the better. I was very fortunate to watch the movie The Sixth Sense without having a clue about the plot, which is a minor miracle since I’m highly exposed to plots of movies and books, but I was... over the moon... to watch that particular movie without knowing the twist of the plot. So with The Sixth Sense (That plot has nothing to do with this plot, just to be clear.) in mind, I am going to resist the urge to write and write and write about how cool this book is. The first order of business is to convince your friends to read it with you because you are going to want to discuss this book over numerous bottles of wine and a platter of cheese and pretzels. The cheese and pretzels only so you can drink more wine. It would be cruel and unusual punishment to have a designated driver, so my thought is that you should have this book discussion at someone’s house and bring your PJs. Stay over and maybe, if you have the right reasonably attractive friends, you can have…. ”...fumbling, groping, backset-of-the-car, unprotected because who-gives-a-fuck, protons-smashing-together sex.” So keep that in mind, so that you don’t get TOO DRUNK while discussing this book. Now, anyone familiar with Blake Crouch should know he is a twisty, a twizzler, a zigzagger, a trickster. He bamboozled me in Wayward Pines, and now he has gone even further with Dark Matter. The great thing about this TWIST is that it isn’t just a one off twist...oh no...this is a twist that keeps wrapping itself around other twists until you start to feel little explosions in your head of all those overloaded brain cells. It’s okay, you have plenty to spare. By the end of the book and certainly after the protons-smashing-together sex, you will be fully convinced that “...we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.” You will also be convinced that you need to read more Blake Crouch books, so you might as well go ahead and factor that into your book budget and *erhhh* food budget right now. ”What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present. Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we do not take Towards the door we never Opened. --T. S. Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’” I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Crown Publishers in exchange for an honest review. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  11. 4 out of 5

    karen

    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best science fiction category 2016! what is this book….??? i suppose it's best described as a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it. it's also another one of those reviewing-on-eggshells books, because of all the spoilers that could possibly be spoilt, where we're going to have to dance our way around a bunch of important nouns and verbs. so, this little puzzle book of genre-blending mastery... i know i wrote "love story" congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best science fiction category 2016! what is this book….??? i suppose it's best described as a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it. it's also another one of those reviewing-on-eggshells books, because of all the spoilers that could possibly be spoilt, where we're going to have to dance our way around a bunch of important nouns and verbs. so, this little puzzle book of genre-blending mastery... i know i wrote "love story" up there and that might make you want to give this a pass, but don't let it dissuade you! it's absolutely a love story - if this book were a turducken, the love story would be the chickeny center the rest of the meat is swaddled around, but it's a real love story as opposed to a romance - a love story in which the participants are mature and equally-matched and their love has deepened and endured over the years from that first burst of sexxytime infatuation into the calm steadiness of sweatpants and chores and family love. and now it is threatened by an unforseeable obstacle. but don't worry - it's got so much duck/turkey whizzbangery wrapped around it that you won't feel like you're reading some kissyface book. the largest, most visible part is the SF turkey outer layer, which takes the shape of a super-actiony thriller - gripping, exciting, suspenseful, and flashing so many scenes that left me jawdropped with hopelessness because of what an asshole science is and i'm not saying i understand all of it because this brain is a garbage-brain, but the parts i did understand were so satisfying and creepy and oh no you didn't and amaaaaaanda! it's a great thinky romp that definitely put an end to any inclination i might otherwise have had to even consider regretting choices i have made in my life or wondering 'what if...?' because it is NOT worth it, man. trust me. come to my blog!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. To describe this book would be to distract from the elements of surprise, mystery and thrilling confusion found within its pages. Dark Matter is best picked up with as little knowledge of the story as possible and its events explored with the same sense of vulnerable astonishment as the protagonist, Jason Dessen. The pacing and structure of this novel are brilliant. Events unfold in evermore enticing ways, a Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. To describe this book would be to distract from the elements of surprise, mystery and thrilling confusion found within its pages. Dark Matter is best picked up with as little knowledge of the story as possible and its events explored with the same sense of vulnerable astonishment as the protagonist, Jason Dessen. The pacing and structure of this novel are brilliant. Events unfold in evermore enticing ways, and Crouch masterfully concludes each chapter in such a way that there's an urgent need to promptly being reading the next one. The unique sentence structure employed by Crouch further increases the sense of speediness and tension. There's no dawdling; everything is immediate. The warm autumn day is cloudless. Windless. Timeless. The air redolent of - Roasted peanuts. Popcorn. Plastic cups filled to the brim with beer. The wood is dry and gray, several seasons old, and it quickly takes the flame. Soon the walls of the living room are aglow. Shadows flickering across the ceiling. Though complex scientific theories are explored, they are presented in a comprehensive manner that makes them accessible to all readers. One needn't have a degree in physics or mathematics to fully appreciate the phenomena of Jason Dessen's mind-bending venture. We're all just wandering through the tundra of our existence, assigning value to worthlessness, when all that we love and hate, all we believe in and fight for and kill for and die for is as meaningless as images projected on Plexiglas. Dark Matter is a sensational technothriller that transcends the ordinary and escorts readers to an unexplored realm of infinite possibility. I've always known, on a purely intellectual level, that our separateness and isolation are an illusion. We're all made of the same thing - the blown-out pieces of matter formed in the fires of dead stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)

    What, with all due respect, the absolute fuck was this book. How do you even start getting over this? How does that happen to someone? I feel very....mmmmm what's the word....confused? lost? so thoroughly mind-fucked? I swear to god my soul has aged for an entire century since I started this book. I wish I could just hollow out a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven and lay in it for a weak. Or maybe just sit on top of a mountain, drink some oolong and not think for a month or two. I don't know. M What, with all due respect, the absolute fuck was this book. How do you even start getting over this? How does that happen to someone? I feel very....mmmmm what's the word....confused? lost? so thoroughly mind-fucked? I swear to god my soul has aged for an entire century since I started this book. I wish I could just hollow out a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven and lay in it for a weak. Or maybe just sit on top of a mountain, drink some oolong and not think for a month or two. I don't know. Maybe Nasa can fling me into Jupiter to see the inside of that hurricane. I just don't have the energy to be a person right now—this book really wiped me out and I reckon I'll need several days to recover emotionally. “If there are a million ponds out there, with versions of you and me living similar and different lives, there’s none better than right here, right now. I’m more sure of that than anything in the world.” Here's a summary of Dark Matter: You are going to be thrown into emotional chaos, lose your mind, and also fuck you lol. Pretty much. This was crazy. Like, mind-fuckingly crazy. I don't even know how to begin to explain it. The only thing I know about this book is that I don’t know anything and I don’t even know if I know that that well. Sometimes while I’m reading, I’m like, okay. I got this. My thoughts would start off in one concrete area and I’d have a solid ground to be thinking from. A nice launching pad for a complete thought process. And then—PLOT TWIST. And my thoughts would just take a wrong turn, except instead of a slight detour, I’ll end up in some third lower dimension where I can taste sounds and hear colors or something. “We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.” I'm really starting to think that everything was better in the early 2000s, especially my ignorance of the multiverse theory and The Lord of The Rings movie. Now? Well now that I have read this book, I’m sometimes up during these early night self-destruction hours wondering how many of my alternate universe selves are dead, and thinking about all the parallel universes and different versions of me, and how in one universe I could be a graceful ballet dancer, Iron Man might be my least favorite superhero or I might think One Direction are good or—god forbid—I could hate Cheerios. Someone need to collapse the multiverse immediately, I’m going to SCREAM. *drops dramatically to the floor* We’re all just wandering through the tundra of our existence, assigning value to worthlessness, when all that we love and hate, all we believe in and fight for and kill for and die for is as meaningless as images projected onto Plexiglas. Honestly though, this book changed me. Like, who am I? You know those moments when you look in the mirror and you think holy fuck! that’s me! Because for some reason, it feels like the person you’re looking at in the mirror is a total stranger and you begin reflecting on the insignificance and impermanence of life and thinking about how you were miraculously born on one of the few planets out of 100 billion in our galaxy that are capable of supporting life through a delicate balance of heat size and chemical bonding. How you’re just an insignificant blip in a solar system in a galaxy in the infinite structure of the universe...and for a few minutes you seductively slip into existential melancholy? I had that moment at 4 am right after finishing this book and I couldn't sleep at all because that mineral that decides whether you sleep… melocotón or whatever…it wouldn’t stop fucking screaming. Even worse, I've had to confront a lot of hard truths in my dreams afterwards—my subconscious didn't have to do that and I believe Blake Crouch owes me so many apologies. Just the other day—and I wish I was making this shit up—I had the most unrealistic and also horrible nightmare and I have never been so happy to be fully conscious and participating in reality; if you must now, it involved an alternate timeline where every single life form is D*nald Tr*mp. *shudders* I know this is probably the least informative review of this book that you'll ever read but in my defense, I still have no idea what the fuck I just read. *can't handle it and goes to sleep*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    What on Earth can I say about this book? I don’t even know how to describe it. I’m just going to say it was totally AWESOME!!! It's an incredibly unique page-turner and I couldn't put it down. This was my first read by Blake Crouch and Dark Matter was literally an action packed roller coaster ride! I was thoroughly engaged and engrossed by the story. I went into this book totally blind and had no idea of the plot. Also, there were surprises along the way-- the book is unpredictable--and I remaine What on Earth can I say about this book? I don’t even know how to describe it. I’m just going to say it was totally AWESOME!!! It's an incredibly unique page-turner and I couldn't put it down. This was my first read by Blake Crouch and Dark Matter was literally an action packed roller coaster ride! I was thoroughly engaged and engrossed by the story. I went into this book totally blind and had no idea of the plot. Also, there were surprises along the way-- the book is unpredictable--and I remained on edge until the end. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers and honestly can’t believe anybody would hate it. I thought it was AMAZING and so far the best thrilling fiction I’ve read in a long, long time. I have hopes for a second book and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. I can surely see this adapted into a movie or TV series, seriously!  My rating on this one is 5***** You can see this review and others @ www.readrantrockandroll.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *4.5 stars!* Boxes and multiverses and quantum physics, oh my! This is one thought-provoking, page-turning, blood-pressure-elevating, fast-paced son of a book, and I enjoyed every little action-packed minute of it! "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."—Einstein I don’t read much science-fiction, and for that reason I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t have to be a scifi veteran in order to get sucked into the brilliance of this one. You don't even have to be that big a fa *4.5 stars!* Boxes and multiverses and quantum physics, oh my! This is one thought-provoking, page-turning, blood-pressure-elevating, fast-paced son of a book, and I enjoyed every little action-packed minute of it! "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."—Einstein I don’t read much science-fiction, and for that reason I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t have to be a scifi veteran in order to get sucked into the brilliance of this one. You don't even have to be that big a fan of the genre, in my opinion. It’s best I tiptoe around spoilers here, because *details* can be dangerous little revealers, so I’ll focus on writing… "No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice." You know that feeling when you’re reading a book whose ideas are so unique and intelligent and intricately-constructed that you have to reread certain concepts once or five times just to prove to yourself that you got this, and that, no, you are not an actual idiot? Well, yeah, some of that, but I sorted it out. The way this author has formed a reality based off these concepts is astounding, and all of it—every single minute detail—has a sturdy foundation to stand upon and will hold up well under scrutiny. Go back and check for yourself if you want, Blake’s got it all covered. "Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse?" (LOVE this quote!) The prose here is beautiful—eloquent wording materializing into imagery so vivid you'll feel as though you’re inside of it, leaving your own footprints in the snow alongside these characters. We are made to dissect our choices in life. To be concerned over where they'll lead us and accept the fact that we’ll never truly know unless we live them. "Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together." DARK MATTER is a thrilling ride that'll keep you on edge, tense with anticipation until that final page is swiped. It proposes the theory that we hold the power to create our own reality--our own destiny--an idea not so far off-base for many, myself included, and makes you wonder just how far you’d go to live out your best life possible. This story is not only about science, but sacrifice and strength and LOVE. Namely love, in fact—because, truly, what in all the worlds is more important? Book Stats: ▪  Genre/Category: Science Fiction/Thriller/Mystery ▪  Characters: Well-constructed and memorable. Not too large a cast. ▪  Plot: A man of science struggles between world: the one he has, and the one he always thought he’d have. ▪ Writing: Brilliant. A knock-your-socks-off kind of beautiful prose. ▪ POV: 1st person Narrative: Hero ▪  Cliffhanger: None. Standalone *Traveling Friends Read*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Evgnossia O'Hara

    Review was originally published on Through the Chapters|Blog "We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we're a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.” I can securely declare that this book have changed the way I perceive the world and my existence in the universe. But first things first. Dark Matter portraits an ordinary, middle aged professor, Jason Dessen, having a peaceful evening with his wife and his teenage son. After his decision to m Review was originally published on Through the Chapters|Blog "We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we're a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.” I can securely declare that this book have changed the way I perceive the world and my existence in the universe. But first things first. Dark Matter portraits an ordinary, middle aged professor, Jason Dessen, having a peaceful evening with his wife and his teenage son. After his decision to meet one of his accomplished friends, who had won a prize on a scientific achievement, his life changes dramatically. During his mind-altering adventure he faces madness, danger, and choices that have to be made. But purely, he receives and realizes that “the Knowledge” of our existence in the universe is both a burden and a blessing that can either improve or destroy our heathen, in so many ways, civilization. Our lives consist of simple truths that we accept without doubt. We live on a beautiful planet, we breathe, we fell in love, we make plans about our future, and we are told that we are unique. We rarely contemplate about the universe and the alternative realities that might or might not exist. In any case, are we to blame for our ignorance on topics that are our future? It is the human nature to avoid agonizing about things that are beyond our control. But then, you read an article or a book that stimulates you to wonder, to doubt, and to explore ideas and thoughts that are astonishing, intimidating, mind-blowing and insane. And then comes this moment when you think: “What if people knew what I know?” Alternative universes, alternatives realities, a better or worse or a completely deferent version of yourself, and the choices that make you “you”, are the main topics that Blake Crouch is attempting to elaborate in his book “Dark Matter”. I ought to confess that Blake managed to play a severe game with my mind as I’ve got to the point considering about my sanity, after losing myself into the story, the infinite of the universe and the “what if” scenarios. All in all, it was a mind blender. Blake pictures a vivid world, which is action-packed, addictive, adventurous, complex and awe-inspiring. His short sentences are like gun shots- this short, this fatal. Using a simple writing-style he “shoots” you with information and a dazzling world where he is the God and the Death himself. He proves that he is a mile away of a pusillanimous writer, by intervening in a field of the multiverse, which seems such a hallucinatory attempt that even some scientists are afraid to consider. However, after all, this is the beauty of being a writer. You can write on crazy, overwhelming topics and stimulate the readers to study things that they didn’t imagine they would be interested in. Being said that, “All your life, you’re told you’re unique. An individual. That no one on the planet is just like you. It’s humanity anthem. But that isn’t for me anymore.” It truly isn’t. Crouch accomplished to engage me in a way so deep, where I was able to absorb and imagine the unimaginable truths of our existence and made me sing along with “Sleeping At Last” “How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist” I would like to dedicate this review to one of the greatest minds of our days who recently passed away,to Stephen William Hawking. A theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who bequeathed us a great knowledge on the universe and black holes. Stephen Hawking was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation and I am convinced that he will continue to be an inspiration for many generations to think outside the box and explore the inexplicable and unimaginable wonders of the universe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Dark Matter is a book that thrills, horrifies and asks deep philosophical questions. It begins with Jason, a physics professor surrounded by his beloved wife, Daniela, and his teenage son, Charlie, cooking supper. He steps out to meet with a long time friend, Ryan, who has been awarded a prestigious prize. On his way home, Jason is abducted, after which life as he knew it shatters. I found myself seeing the book through the lens of the band, The Talking Heads...their album titles, song titles and Dark Matter is a book that thrills, horrifies and asks deep philosophical questions. It begins with Jason, a physics professor surrounded by his beloved wife, Daniela, and his teenage son, Charlie, cooking supper. He steps out to meet with a long time friend, Ryan, who has been awarded a prestigious prize. On his way home, Jason is abducted, after which life as he knew it shatters. I found myself seeing the book through the lens of the band, The Talking Heads...their album titles, song titles and lyrics....this is not my beautiful wife.....Stop Making Sense......Psycho Killer... and so on. Scientific thinking comes into play, the quantum world, string theory and game theory. The mathematics of identity. If this novel was art, it would be a fusion of Surrealism, Cubism and Abstract Art. It is a rumination of all that a person could be, the many paths that could have been followed and decisions taken. Distilled to its essence, this is a story of one man's love for his family. What will he do to get back? Home is the love of Daniela and Charlie. What has to happen to ensure he has a future with them? They are the stars in his sky, they are everything. Wonderful novel. Highly recommended and brilliant read. Thanks to PanMacmillan for an ARC.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    I’m late to the party on this one, and judging by all the 4 and 5 star reviews I can only assume that the mob will be after me with pitchforks and torches for 3 starring it. Come at me, Goodreads! Jason Dessen is just an average guy with a wife and son he loves, and a job teaching physics at a small college. One night he goes out to meet a friend for drinks, but he ends up being kidnapped by a mysterious man who somehow rips him out of his life and drops him in the middle of a nightmare. This is o I’m late to the party on this one, and judging by all the 4 and 5 star reviews I can only assume that the mob will be after me with pitchforks and torches for 3 starring it. Come at me, Goodreads! Jason Dessen is just an average guy with a wife and son he loves, and a job teaching physics at a small college. One night he goes out to meet a friend for drinks, but he ends up being kidnapped by a mysterious man who somehow rips him out of his life and drops him in the middle of a nightmare. This is one of those books that’s nearly impossible to review without spoilers because so much of what happens comes after major revelations are made. Even if you see the first big twist coming then you’ll probably still be surprised by what comes next. Here’s the 100% spoiler free review: This is an entertaining sci-fi thriller that reminds me of recent books like Influx (Slightly better than this.) and The Fold (Slightly worse.) It’s got a pretty good hook, and the story is begging to be turned into a movie although the trailer will probably give away the entire plot once they film it. It flirts with big crazy science ideas, but in the end is more interested in being a human drama about family and choices we make. It didn’t hit a mind blowing level for me on the science side, and it did a better than average job for this type of book of getting me invested in the character side. Overall, it still fell a little short of its ambitions. In short, I liked it but didn’t love it. No regrets about reading it, and I’ll see the inevitable movie version if it’s got a decent score on Rotten Tomatoes. To dig into this in more detail here’s some specifics. I’m not giving away the ending, but I do address the overall plot in general terms. (view spoiler)[I guessed fairly early on that we were dealing with an alternative universe situation, and that it was another Jason who had kidnapped original Jason so those revelations weren’t shocking to me. However, I was pleasantly surprised when that scope expanded to include the whole multiverse exploration angle, and I thought those ideas were fun. Yet, I was again a little let down that the focus so entirely remained on Jason’s desperate quest to get back to his family, and the guy started to irritate me a bit. He’s seen disastrous consequences as a result of trying to find his wife, and it irked me that as a scientist he never seemed all that interested in any of the amazing things he was right in the middle of. His obsession to get home was incorporated into the story and dealt with in ways I appreciated, but this whole book was constant underlining how the only thing that this character cared about was his family. Which is understandable but felt one-note in a story with the potential to have epic scope. Yes, you could make the argument that was the whole point and that the sci-fi elements were just window dressing for a story about a man literally traveling multiple universes to get back to those he loves. But that runs squarely into a pet peeve of mine. A lot of mainstream fiction peddles the notion that we all have to make a choice between greatness/professional success versus having love/family. Since most of us are just average folks with average jobs but have people we care for in our lives it behooves the creators of these stories to reinforce the idea that we made the right choice, that we’re better off than those who may seem to have it all because we’re told they must surely be lonely and empty without the vital human connections that we have. In short, it’s complete pandering nonsense that I have little patience for anymore. Sure, those who accomplish a lot make sacrifices, but all kinds of people who make their dreams a reality have family, friends, pets, etc. that they care for and spend time with. As an easy example: Follow Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter. Then try to tell me that someone can’t have a spouse and child and still write and star in a groundbreaking Broadway play, win a Pulitzer Prize, deal with an insane amount of public attention, get involved in political and social causes, generally make the rest of us look like lazy slack-asses, and apparently have the time of his life while doing all of it. Ultimately I found this to be somewhat unsatisfying because its whole premise is built on that idea. It’s telling that Jason never found a world where his doppelganger had both a successful career and the family. That world would have undercut the central idea that the average Jason, who cares only about his wife and son, was the ‘best’ one. (hide spoiler)] So its sci-fi elements aren’t as deep or well presented as other books I’ve read dealing with a similar concept, and its major theme rubbed the wrong way a bit. Still, it was an entertaining read with some big ideas that I enjoyed. 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  19. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Ohhhh boy I am daunted by the idea of writing this review. As many people know, I do a VERY adorable thing where I read a book and then don’t feel like reviewing it straight away so I put it off for a bit and then suddenly it’s been four months and I don’t remember a godforsaken thing about it and I am a shell of the person I used to be when I read the book and the shell of a person isn’t where the book memories are stored!! Also part of this adorable review-writing process: starting out infinite Ohhhh boy I am daunted by the idea of writing this review. As many people know, I do a VERY adorable thing where I read a book and then don’t feel like reviewing it straight away so I put it off for a bit and then suddenly it’s been four months and I don’t remember a godforsaken thing about it and I am a shell of the person I used to be when I read the book and the shell of a person isn’t where the book memories are stored!! Also part of this adorable review-writing process: starting out infinite reviews in the exact same way, delineating the exact same process. Follow for more of the exact same content! Anyway this was a particularly bad time for me to put off writing a review, because I barely understood this book while I was reading it and I sure as sh*t don’t have a comprehensive synopsis to give you now. Basically this book is physics and sci-fi and it’s a little confusing but not in a brain-hurt-y way more like “oh I probably don’t have a full understanding of the causes and/or ramifications of what’s happening here but it doesn’t really matter because I know enough to enjoy this whole plotline situation and I’m not here for a breezy fictionalized physics tutorial anyway.” So if that is what you’re looking for, I can’t really speak on whether you can find it here. What you CAN find is a semi-confusing VERY fun lightly thrilling book that will make you feel kind of smart-ish instead of dumb, like most science-y books! It’s like The Martian, but with more suffering! And also I’m not hungover while reading it! I am also just now recollecting - look guys, progress! - that I had a pretty busy/stressful weekend while I was reading this and I still managed to get it done in the better part of 24 hours. Because this is very gripping on top of everything!!! I should have been very distracted as I had a lot on my mind but guess what, it was all Dark Matter central over here! Kinda. To an extent that is still impressive. I think I should be done now. Bottom line: This is not the type of book I normally read AT ALL and heavens to Betsy am I glad I did. (Note to self: when going outside of comfort zone, preferably do so with reading and not with turns of phrase. That’s how you end up saying sh*t like heavens to Betsy and looking like a goddamn fool.) ------- pre-review well. never have i ever read a book like that before. & it worked out like a dream!!! review to come ------- currently reading update I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING BUT I'M INTO IT.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    I was hooked right away. Exciting -page turner- extremely fast pacing as rumors have spread. The author has a unique style of writing- very short sentences. "SHOTS OF ADRENALINE"!!! He also creates clear images from the start -- visuals of family life....[Thurs. night is family night with Jason, Daniela, and their son Charlie]. The dialogue is intimate - but at times the narration felt laborious - however the author draws us in anyway. I liked this story... It's almost impossible to put it down - I was hooked right away. Exciting -page turner- extremely fast pacing as rumors have spread. The author has a unique style of writing- very short sentences. "SHOTS OF ADRENALINE"!!! He also creates clear images from the start -- visuals of family life....[Thurs. night is family night with Jason, Daniela, and their son Charlie]. The dialogue is intimate - but at times the narration felt laborious - however the author draws us in anyway. I liked this story... It's almost impossible to put it down -as others have said. But I was left with questions - 'why and how' questions. So....FOR PEOPLE WHO 'HAVE' read this book....I have questions: But NO SPOILERS --so if other 'book-lovers' are reading this - my questions won't give anything away. What did you think about Amanda? And am I the only one who wanted to see more developed in her character? Other thoughts about......? [YOU KNOW] Also...did anyone else feel sad for Daniela? I tried to imagine being in her shoes... Daniela was strong and always held her own--almost a saint at times--but I still felt sorry for her. In "Dark Matter", Blake Crouch doesn't just build a world...he explores various incidences of the multiverse. Parts of these worlds were MIND BLOWING-COMPELLING!!! TWISTY THINKING!! Our imaginations are being stretched like an old stretched rubber band. Once over-stretched - there is no way to ever find its way back to its original shape. What makes you you? and What makes me me? ALL YOUR ANSWERS can be found in this novel.....( ha ha), unless you are like me...and come away with QUESTIONS! Either way...this is a groovy train ride! Easy to read in one sitting!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Blake Crouch is a very tricky guy. *Warning-this is a mostly gif review because I have no clue on how to review it without spoiling.* You really can't review his books without giving them away. A buddy and I were talking about him last night, it feels like HE isn't even sure where the story is going. But you better hang on because it's always a bumpy ride. This one starts out just like a normal book. (I'm not spoiling for this part) Jason Dessen is just an average guy. He is married to his long t Blake Crouch is a very tricky guy. *Warning-this is a mostly gif review because I have no clue on how to review it without spoiling.* You really can't review his books without giving them away. A buddy and I were talking about him last night, it feels like HE isn't even sure where the story is going. But you better hang on because it's always a bumpy ride. This one starts out just like a normal book. (I'm not spoiling for this part) Jason Dessen is just an average guy. He is married to his long time love, has a teenage son, isn't really rich, his life would be classified more around average. Then he gets taken at gunpoint and taken to an abandoned warehouse and injected with a drug. When he wakes up his whole life has changed...and it's some freaky stuff. I don't know how much of the sciencey stuff is correct, but who cares? I couldn't put this book and it FELT real...and it's so very good. You are going to have to read it to find that out. Booksource: Netgalley approved just about everyone else in the world for this one and denied me. So I cried. I begged. And a little Cross-dressing Wonder Woman book fairy came to my rescue and gifted me this book. Then I forgot about it, because I'm a mood reader, I think he threatened to cut me several times to get me to read this one. I finally did. Thank you book fairy! I'm highlighting all the weirdos that came from a box in this one. Kelly, Zoeytron, Ed, Jan, Sh3lly, Vivian, Eddie, Carol, Michael, David, Mommacat and Kathleen Dang! I need to count how many friends I have that have read a book before I do that again. I'm tired now.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    Okay, I'm bumping this up to a 5 stars. Even though it's been a few hours since I finished reading it, I genuinely cannot stop thinking about it. This book was bonkers! SO good! Sci-fi was never a genre I gravitated towards, but now I want to read them all! This book poses the question of “Are you happy in your life?”, after the main character is abducted one night. It's a question the kidnapper poses to him, which leads to them 'swapping lives'. The plot is centred around the initial question po Okay, I'm bumping this up to a 5 stars. Even though it's been a few hours since I finished reading it, I genuinely cannot stop thinking about it. This book was bonkers! SO good! Sci-fi was never a genre I gravitated towards, but now I want to read them all! This book poses the question of “Are you happy in your life?”, after the main character is abducted one night. It's a question the kidnapper poses to him, which leads to them 'swapping lives'. The plot is centred around the initial question posed and takes off from there. It's definitely best to go into it knowing as little as possible. The concept and approach of the storyline was just ingenious. It completely blurs the line of what's real, or what we perceive to be the reality that has been fixed and known to the world for eons, and the possibility that there are 'other worlds' out there, other versions of ourselves, living the life that we perhaps intended or that steered in a direction we weren't anticipating. For a thriller novel, it's quite philosophical and I love that, calling the readers into question, making it engaging and to decipher what we want from this life and what's important to us. It was exciting, exhilarating and extremely thought-provoking. Since I highly doubt we'll be experiencing the journey this character went on, it was still extremely engaging. You pause. Have a moment. Think about the choices you've made in your life. You're taken on a whirlwind that doesn't stop and keeps on getting crazier. Has you gaping. Mouth open. WTF. Deceives you into thinking that things will start getting back to normal again, till the author decides to surprise you and mess with your mind again. And on it goes. Highly recommend it if the concept sounds interesting to you. Even if you're not into sci-fi, this will probably make you love it. Or at least spark a huge interest.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    4.5/5 Stars (My last review of 2016 and I’m really glad it’s this book that I chose. Thank you very much to one of my GR best friend Mary for recommending this book to me.) “Are you happy with your life?” Single question that you’ve probably wondered or been asked several times throughout your life. How far will you go to save the one you love? Do you ever have any regrets in your life and wondered what would happen if you didn’t make that mistake? Obviously we all have regrets, we lose someone, w 4.5/5 Stars (My last review of 2016 and I’m really glad it’s this book that I chose. Thank you very much to one of my GR best friend Mary for recommending this book to me.) “Are you happy with your life?” Single question that you’ve probably wondered or been asked several times throughout your life. How far will you go to save the one you love? Do you ever have any regrets in your life and wondered what would happen if you didn’t make that mistake? Obviously we all have regrets, we lose someone, we regret some of the choices we make, and we thought something like “I shouldn’t have said that”, “I should’ve done the other option” and a tons other similar questions that came up in our head. These questions is why Dark Matter is a book suitable for everyone and in my opinion a must read whether you like the genre or not. “For anyone who has wondered what their life might look like at the end of the road not taken.” This phrase basically summed up all human and why I think everyone should give this book a chance. I won’t even talk about the plot in this book, nope, anything I said could be a bit spoilery cause everything that happened in the plot literally starts from the beginning and the pace goes as fast as a roller-coaster until the end. I strongly encourage you to jump into this book blindly, don’t look at the blurb, don’t even read this review if you want. I will say this though, this book is a really fantastic Sci-Fi thriller, it's unique and it gripped you from the beginning and it doesn’t let go until the last page. The writings and format are really easy to follow and plus the intensity of the plot makes this book a really amazing page turner. The only minor problem I have with the book is I thought the ending is a bit too ‘Hollywood’ for me. (Sony lined up to the right for a movie adaptation of this book even when the book weren’t out yet back in 2014, only from a 150 pages manuscript so that could be the reason for the ending.) Sci-Fi has always been one of my favorite genres of all time but until now I’ve never encountered a great sci-fi book despite how many great movies, anime or video games I experienced in the genre. That changed today after I finished this book. Not only it’s great for the reasons I mentioned above, the book also deals deeply with the theme of love, sacrifices, family, regret and choices. “Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn.” I’ll close my review here and I’ll be walking into 2017 with the lesson I learned from this book that I’ve always known and yet can’t help but forget sometimes. To not look back, no more regrets, every choices I ever made or will make is mine, bad or good I’ll live and make the best out of it. No more taking things for granted and I hope you'll be able too. Thank you for reading my review until today everyone, I’ll see you again in 2017.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell

    If you liked the film Interstellar, you might like this. I did not like Interstellar. I found the plot to be intriguing, but not particularly original. It felt like a rehashing of many stories. The themes were pretty much exactly what you'd expect to find in a book about multiple universes: life, love, decisions, fate, acceptance, etc. And the dialogue was mediocre at best. There were some lines that had me laughing out loud...and they weren't supposed to be funny. "It felt like it was the first If you liked the film Interstellar, you might like this. I did not like Interstellar. I found the plot to be intriguing, but not particularly original. It felt like a rehashing of many stories. The themes were pretty much exactly what you'd expect to find in a book about multiple universes: life, love, decisions, fate, acceptance, etc. And the dialogue was mediocre at best. There were some lines that had me laughing out loud...and they weren't supposed to be funny. "It felt like it was the first time you had really seen me. Maybe the first time anyone had ever really seen me. It was the hottest thing." THE HOTTEST THING? Also: "It was like I was something, not that you wanted, but that you needed. Like I was your oxygen." *groan* I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I really feel like I read a completely different book than everyone else. I just don't get the hype. It's saving grace is that it was a quick read and I never felt like DNFing it. But if it had been any longer I would've definitely skim read the ending only to find out what happens.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dana Ilie

    This book is mind-bending, mind-blowing, head-spinning, addictive, fast, intelligent and bold. From the first page you are pulled into the story which goes spiralling down the rabbit hole. I was on the edge of my seat all throughout the read, not knowing what was going to happening next. Also, the plot is not just about what the book blurb says. It goes way deep. This book is introspective. As Jason, our protagonist, questions the choices he made in his life, you as a reader do the same too. And This book is mind-bending, mind-blowing, head-spinning, addictive, fast, intelligent and bold. From the first page you are pulled into the story which goes spiralling down the rabbit hole. I was on the edge of my seat all throughout the read, not knowing what was going to happening next. Also, the plot is not just about what the book blurb says. It goes way deep. This book is introspective. As Jason, our protagonist, questions the choices he made in his life, you as a reader do the same too. And as Jason is trying to puzzle out everything, you are in this journey with him and get to see what might happen if you take the wrong turn. But then there’s no right or wrong. It’s just the choices you make and what you do after that that one needs to consider. This book is an absolute thrilling ride into the unknown and I loved every bit of it. The ending of this book was cherry on the cake. The ending was surprising but some part of me knew this was the only right way to end this. And it was beautiful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    On the way home from the local bar, Jason Dessen is ambushed by an unknown assailant in a geisha mask. After being injected with something, Jason wakes up and his world has been turned upside down... As I mentioned in the past, I tend to resist books with any amount of hype attached. I even passed on this when it initially came up on Netgalley. However, the gang at Goodreads made me change my mind. So, yeah, the gang was right. Every once in a while, a book feels like it was written with my admit On the way home from the local bar, Jason Dessen is ambushed by an unknown assailant in a geisha mask. After being injected with something, Jason wakes up and his world has been turned upside down... As I mentioned in the past, I tend to resist books with any amount of hype attached. I even passed on this when it initially came up on Netgalley. However, the gang at Goodreads made me change my mind. So, yeah, the gang was right. Every once in a while, a book feels like it was written with my admittedly peculiar tastes in mind. This is one of those books that caught lightning in a bottle. As with reads like The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting, I'm going to keep this as vague as possible to retard spoilage. Dark Matter is a thriller with a science fiction bend. The What-the-fuckery level is quite high and I wolfed it down in two sittings. It's so damn readable I want to punch Blake Crouch in the junk. Jason Dessen made for a great lead, a scientist with a loving family and a life he wasn't that enthused about. When he wakes up in another life, he quickly finds himself driving up diarrhea drive on four flat tires. Since this wasn't my first ride on the weirdness wagon, I tipped to who the masked man was before the big reveal. However, I had no idea the magnitude of the mind fuck headed my way. I pretty much cleared my calendar to wolf down everything after the first 24%. It was that damn gripping. The ending was great. I kind of guessed how things would go but Crouch hit the ball out of the park. I don't really know what else I can say without spoiling things. I didn't think Blake Crouch could top Pines but top it he did. Dark Matter is a Twilight Zone episode written by Phillip K. Dick. 5 out of 5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    4.5 Big Fat Stars* *Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review* Well - what a ride that was! Not just any old roller coaster ride though (definitely not) but one that was really quite unique. What's this ride about? Well, it's definitely a thrill a minute ride that's for sure, but it's also a love story between Jason & Daniela Dessen, and if that isn't enough, it's mixed with a great big dollop of sci-fi. The opening scene is one of complete dom 4.5 Big Fat Stars* *Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review* Well - what a ride that was! Not just any old roller coaster ride though (definitely not) but one that was really quite unique. What's this ride about? Well, it's definitely a thrill a minute ride that's for sure, but it's also a love story between Jason & Daniela Dessen, and if that isn't enough, it's mixed with a great big dollop of sci-fi. The opening scene is one of complete domesticity, family life at it's most simple and comforting. Jason and Daniela are cooking supper in their brownstone home - their son Charlie quietly doing his homework. But never take things for granted because in just a very short time Jason's life will change for ever. Jason, encouraged by Daniela, decides to walk to his local bar to have a drink with an old buddy, but on his journey home he is abducted at gun point and made to drive to an abandoned warehouse. I won't say any more than this, because it would be too easy to give the whole game away. Just one point though, have you ever wondered which way your life would have gone if you'd decided to take another path, chosen a different option? Well, just be careful what you wish for! In terms of weirdness it doesn't get much weirder than this storyline, but suspend disbelief and just go with the flow, because I think you might find yourself,( along with the rest of us) on the weirdest most exciting roller coaster ride of your life!

  28. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    I. AM. SHOOK. this book is totally living in the year 2080 and i cant keep up. its. that. good. this book is everything that is right in the sci-fi world. this is proof that sci-fi can be written exceptionally well and appeal to the masses, regardless of individual genre preferences. i will admit i wasnt a fan of the ending (like, how is my brain even suppose to process that?!), but i am a fan of the book overall. i thought it was highly-thought out and thought-provoking. it was a thriller but a I. AM. SHOOK. this book is totally living in the year 2080 and i cant keep up. its. that. good. this book is everything that is right in the sci-fi world. this is proof that sci-fi can be written exceptionally well and appeal to the masses, regardless of individual genre preferences. i will admit i wasnt a fan of the ending (like, how is my brain even suppose to process that?!), but i am a fan of the book overall. i thought it was highly-thought out and thought-provoking. it was a thriller but also appealed to the softer side of me. it made me feel intelligent but also had me questioning everything i was lead to believe. such wonderful juxtaposition, being everything all at once. this was a truly entralling book that i would strongly recommend to those looking to delve into the world of sci-fi, and also to those who have already come to love the genre. this had something for everyone - so do yourself a favour and read it! ↠ 4.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister

    4.5 Stars! Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was a very addicting read! It was mostly a science fiction novel with a little bit of romance and some suspense to make it a most enjoyable read. All three of those components is what I really liked about this novel. I was hooked from the very first chapter! While the story started out really strong for me there were some portions of this novel that I just didn't get and it was a little hard to follow the mechanics of it all. I think that if there was less o 4.5 Stars! Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was a very addicting read! It was mostly a science fiction novel with a little bit of romance and some suspense to make it a most enjoyable read. All three of those components is what I really liked about this novel. I was hooked from the very first chapter! While the story started out really strong for me there were some portions of this novel that I just didn't get and it was a little hard to follow the mechanics of it all. I think that if there was less of the scientific background (although there wasn't really all that much) that was introduced to us it would have gotten a full 5* review from me. I don't need everything broke down or analyzed for me, it is fiction so I just go with it! But, it was filled with non-stop action and had a very dramatic storyline to make it quite the page-turner and I couldn't stop thinking about it. The storyline was extremely interesting and I really liked the authors writing style as I felt that I was actually experiencing what was happening to the characters rather than just reading about it. I was definitely in the moment while reading this one. What is your position in the universe? It was an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and quick read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend!! Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading Blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    4.5* A quantum physicist Jason Dessen is a happy, contented family man living for the past 20 years in Logan Square, Chicago in a brownstone home. It’s a Thursday night and he’s cooking up a storm for his wife Daniela and teenage son Curtis. Daniela knows there is a celebration party for an old college buddy just down the road at Jason’s favorite bar, the Village Tap. She encourages him to go and offer hearty congratulations. How does anyone know that a happy, peaceful life changes when it’s lea 4.5* A quantum physicist Jason Dessen is a happy, contented family man living for the past 20 years in Logan Square, Chicago in a brownstone home. It’s a Thursday night and he’s cooking up a storm for his wife Daniela and teenage son Curtis. Daniela knows there is a celebration party for an old college buddy just down the road at Jason’s favorite bar, the Village Tap. She encourages him to go and offer hearty congratulations. How does anyone know that a happy, peaceful life changes when it’s least expected. But it does, and it can at lightening-speed; not from the cab that almost drove into him on his way home, but the decision to take a longer way back to his family and everything he had, his entire existence. Blake Crouch has written a thrilling novel that the world we live in may not be what it seems and to be careful what you wish for and the roads not taken. Thought provoking, fascinating, and superbly presented, it is book that will leave you in awe. Highly recommended! ** Thank you to Publisher Random House Canada, Incorp. and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. **

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