Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked man who kidnapped him at gun point knocks him over the head rendering him unconscious. When Jason wakes up, he finds that he is restrained to a bed in a strange room with strange people looking down on him. He soon realizes that the life he knew…his career, his wife, his son….those things are no longer part of his life. People he’s never seen before are calling him their friend and colleague, his home is in the same location…but looks completely different, the college where he was a professor has never heard of him, his wife’s cell phone number rings to a stranger, and his 14 year old son appears to not even exist. How can this be?? Is Jason crazy or just confused…or is someone playing a trick on his mind? As Jason tries to separate reality from dream, he soon learns about a world in which the choices we make can alter the reality of our current lives….and a world in which we can see those alternate realities play out before our eyes.
I was excited to read this book since I was a fan of Crouch’s Wayward Pines Trilogy when I read it a few years ago. I’m not normally a huge sci-fi fan…it’s one of my lesser read genres, but the Pines Series was enjoyable for me and I was looking forward to trying this one out when I was given the opportunity for an e-ARC from Netgalley.
This was an engaging, sometimes thrilling and very interesting sci-fi thriller that kept me interested from start to the finish. Dark Matter is a new and (for me) unique take on time travel. Instead of exploring the travel through chronological time & history, this book looks at traveling through alternate realities of the same time. Traveling through and seeing all the different ways a persons life may be different, all at the current time period, if alternate choices had been made at critical times in life. It’s a very interesting concept and one that definitely makes you think and can give some room for great discussion. It’s not exactly an alternate history or a do-over type story…it’s different than that, but you’ll just have to read to see how as me saying more will give away too many spoilers.
At certain points in the story, the “science” talk got to be a bit much and sometimes I felt my eyes start to glaze over. I’m sure plenty of other readers may not share the same sentiment….but I would have preferred a tad more in depth character development in place of the physics discussions. But it was still a great plot that I found unique and very engaging.
So you’re probably wondering why the 3.5 star rating… The reasons it wasn’t a 4 star for me were some inconsistencies that irked me…as well as one particular part of the plot I thought would have been better to have been omitted. Again…this is the type of story that is really hard to review fully without giving away major plot spoilers… So, I’ll leave out any more specifics here and would welcome further discussion via comments once anyone reads this book and wants to discuss.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
*** Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Publishing and Blake Crouch for the opportunity to read and review this book.