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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I was given the suggestion to try reading Blake Crouch when I asked on X for some sci-fi suggestions. Dark Matter seemed to call out to me so I gave it a try on Audible

Dark Matter, Blake Crouch, Book cover on Audible
10 hours and 8 minutes
Blake Crouch
Jon Lindstrom
Whispersync for Voice
Audible.co.uk Release Date
11 August 2016
Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Program Type

The Blurb for Dark Matter

‘Are you happy in your life?’

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he’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 best-selling 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 thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

My Review of Dark Matter

I find that a lot of Sci-fi books can be quite long so I was happy that this one was a little shorter. I thought the blurb was intriguing and the action began straight away, and didn’t stop! It was hard to figure out how it was all going to end, but it was satisfying.

The main character was forced to face what he would risk his life for. There was a lot of characterisation of the main character, Jason Dessen, but the rest of the characters seemed a little overlooked. Maybe that was the point, especially when you get to the ending which seemed a little ridiculous at times.

Based on the Schrodinger’s Cat theory it revolves around a box and multiple dimensions. But without too much complication which can be the problem with quantum mechanics.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and the way it makes you think about what is most important in your life.

If you strip away all the trappings of personality and lifestyle, what are the core components that make me me?

I am tempted to read some more of Blake Crouch now.

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