“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.” ― Blake Crouch,
Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.
When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”
Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.
And someone is hunting him.
Is the life Jason remembers just some crazed dream? And can he survive long enough to discover the answers he needs? – Goodreads
Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Avg. Goodreads rating: 4.12/5 stars
My rating: 4.25/5 stars
Background. What a book to wrap your head around. It all starts off with Jason waking up in a state of utter confusion, strapped to a gurney surrounded by people he doesn’t know welcoming him back like the return of a God. Jason’s confusion continues throughout the first part of the novel until his mind slowly starts to wrap around the idea he is in an alternate universe where he never made the crucial choices that he made earlier in his life resulting in his wife not being his wife and his son never being born. It’s a crazy story to get into and I would not do the story justice trying to explain all of it through this part. All I have to say is that it isn’t nearly as confusing as it sounds!
Pros. Ok, so I went into this book blind, not expecting much except that it’s been a such a huge hit recently. Once I got into the thick of things I quickly realized that this book was way above my scientific understanding of the world. Alas, Crouch does a fantastic job of using layman’s terms to describe a totally bizarre and mind-boggling scenario. I never once felt so lost and confused that I didn’t want or couldn’t continue the book at any point and major props to Crouch for that because it could have easily been way too much at any point.
The characters in this book were so dynamic, I mean they kind of had to be… Jason had to learn so much about himself that I felt truly in tune to his character and development. I feel like I was on this ride with Jason the whole time. Each character in this book really added a strong value to the book and really enriched the novel as a whole.
The plot to this book was something like no other that I have ever read. Honestly, I don’t think I would have every picked up a book like this just because of the psychological aspects of it. I don’t like to be a confused reader, so I don’t like it when the main character is confused and disoriented throughout the book. Boy am I glad I didn’t read the synopsis before delving into this book! Like I said earlier, there was not a single second where I was confused or disoriented with the story line. Everything fell into place in a nice picture once we got to that point of the story.
Cons. There were a couple issues that I had with the book at a couple different times. I really hated the decisions that Jason and Amanda made when they were together. I get it, it’s totally confusing and bizarre, but Jason is way too smart to make the dumb choices that he did at certain parts of the book. I also found some parts of this really predictable, which also made me feel like Crouch dumbed Jason down at certain points in the book.
Overall. What a solid read! I’m super glad that I picked this up and really trusted what other readers had to say about this book because it was awesome! If you want a psychological journey without the headache pick this book up. From the characters to the story, Crouch does a great job in keeping the reader interested and not going too far over our heads! 4.25/5 stars!