[666]: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

27833670 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Random House Canada | July 26th, 2016
Science Fiction | Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5 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.

Novels with parallel universe typically confuse me. I spend a lot of time trying to follow the thread of each story lines. It’s a complicated subject that I more often than not, usually stay away from. I don’t know what it was that attracted me to this book. But when Penguin Random House Canada sent me an email, my curiosity won out and I requested a copy.

The story begins with a married couple whom on the surface, looks content. One is a professor teaching college level Physics and his wife, a former artist who is also a teacher. Their lives couldn’t be further from what they imagined them to be. But they could not admit the regrets of the choices they’ve made. See, Jason Dessen was once a brilliant Physicist on the cusp discovering something big; and his wife, Daniella was an artist on the verge of stardom. When she got pregnant with their son, they’ve made a choice to forgo their dreams and focus on the family they’re about to become. During the course of their marriage, Jason couldn’t help but think about how different their lives would’ve been. And like a self-fulfilling prophecy, Jason got his answer when he was abducted, beaten and woke up in a facility he doesn’t know and a life that wasn’t his.

So this was unexpected. I didn’t think it was possible to enjoy a Sci-Fi such as Dark Matter, but it happened. And with all the versions of Jason’s I had to sift through, it was a wonder how I didn’t end up screaming for the hills. It has a very interesting concept. One that involves a lot of Science I’d rather not bore you with. Basically, it’s about a guy who has an evil version of himself that invented this cube that can take him to different worlds – universes that had an infinite number of Jason’s. He had to find his home but each door leads to terrifying versions of his realities. I was terrified for him and had to constantly fight off the urge to skip ahead just to see whether or not he made it home. With every turn of the page, you’ll see every conceivable versions of the worlds dictated by his thoughts before jumping into the “box”. It was a heart stopping torture.

Dark Matter could easily have been confusing especially when the author chose a seemingly omniscient narrator to tell the story. With all the versions of Jason running around, it was tough to make sense of what was happening sometimes. But if you’re fully vested in the story, it wouldn’t be so bad. I like that this Sci-Fi has a heart. You’ll feel for the Jason that was lost and one who was willing to sacrifice himself just so his wife and his son can have a future and a life without having to worry about being hunted all their lives. I also like that no matter how technical Crouch can be at times, it wasn’t all that clinical or sterile like most of the Sci-Fis I’ve read so far. I didn’t have a hard time understanding all the thingamajigs and such. Overall, Dark Matter is easily a 2016 favorite. Multiverse trope isn’t a new thing to Sci-Fi, but for once, I didn’t have to work too hard to understand all its idiosyncrasies.

  • This book do sound pretty interesting 😀 I’m glad you liked it so very much Joy. Thank you for sharing about it. <3 Probably not for me, lol, but you have made me curious 🙂

  • Karen

    I have this one and was going to pass because I don’t like multi-verse stories but maybe I’ll give it a try. Great review!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I am glad this one turned out to not be confusing at all and that it was so intriguing. You know how I like my science fiction so I am thinking that this is one I am going to be adding to my reading list.

  • This sounds really really good actually! It reminds me of one of my favorite video games, which also deals with the multiverse theory where the characters exist more than once. I’m glad to see it wasn’t too confusing either, because there have been some books I’ve read where it’s just all over the place hahaha.

    I’ll put this on my list!

  • I love multiverse / dimension books but like yourself, they can end up really pretentious and confusing. This sounds incredible. I love how easy it sounds to read. Reminds me a little of the Firebird series. Wonderful review Joy, can’t wait to nab a copy! <3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I don’t read a lot of books with a multiverse trope, but I definitely enjoy the concept of them a LOT. I’m so glad you put this on my radar because I hadn’t heard of it at all, but it sounds really, really good. I can’t wait to pick it up now! Fantastic review, Joy!

  • Everyone seems to be loving this one

  • This sounds very interesting!

  • I am so glad that you loved this one, Joy! I thought that it was really well done. I thought it was a pretty easy read and didn’t have much trouble keeping everything straight either. Great review!

  • I’m glad you loved it! I was on the fence with this one because I’ve sort of moved away from sci-fi as I’ve gotten older. But I will definitely give this one a try 🙂

  • PH yay you read it! And loved it a that! Even more than I did! That’s great. Is book really deserves attention. It was so, so beautiful to see him care for his wife so so much!

  • Okay, you have me intensely curious. I do like sci-fi so that is a no biggie to me… but since you don’t gravitate toward it and loved it… I needs to read it. I also have a feeling that the more science-y people I know will like it as well. Brilly review.

  • I’ve read nothing but great reviews for this book. I’m hoping to read it soon. I don’t read a lot of adult sci-fi, so I hope that I love it.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I find sci-fi can be really confusing too, so I’m glad to hear this one wasn’t and that you were able to invest yourself in the story. It sounds so fascinating; I need to check it out!


  • While some of this actually does sound a little bit complicated, with him having different versions of himself and all that, I’m still interested in how it all plays out because I’m a SUCKER for books that have weird, dimensions and alternate realities and stuff like that. ♡♡

  • Wow, I’m not even into sci-fi books but I want to read this one. It kind of reminds me of that TV Show Fringe. Lovely review, Joy. I’m putting this on my list.

  • Awesome review. I normally don’t even think about reading anything sci-fi, but I will admit that this book has my attention lately. Maybe I need to try it. It’s good to try new things, right?

  • Every review of this book just makes me want it more — it almost sounds like a multiverse comics story!

  • Melliane

    I heard great things about this one everywhere so I confess that I’m quite curious to try too!

  • I struggle a lot with multiverse books too, but I’ve been hearing great things about this one and the fact that you didn’t find it to be confusing is a sign that I should pick it up. I wish it had a better cover though! I wouldn’t want that on my shelf. I’m ready to meet these versions of Jason, though maybe in ebook form. 😛

  • Ahh yes, I love this too! I would so go in the box.

    Haha – this is post #666 and titled Dark Matter. That’s not ominous or anything. 😀

  • I ordered the book a few days ago and can’t get wait to get my hands on it. So thrilled to read it!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’ve heard such amazing things about this one and I have every intention of reading it soon. I don’t mind confusion so much if it serves the story well. Thank you for explaining things so well.