Book Review: Dark Matter

DARK MATTER | Blake Crouch
07.26.2016 | Broadway Books
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Jason Dessen is living a quiet life in Chicago. He’s married to Daniela, who he loves dearly, and father to Charlie, the child who solidified their relationship. Jason gave up an intense physics research lifestyle in order to be with Daniela and build a life with her when he found out she was pregnant. Today, he is a professor at a local college, watching his best friend win the coveted Pavia award that could have been his if he opted to continue living his life in his lab. Is he happy with his life? What if years ago Jason had chosen science over family?

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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.

The chance to find out the answers to those questions comes along when one night Jason is hustled by a man in a Geisha mask who knocks him unconscious. He wakes up strapped to a gurney and surrounded by strangers in lab coats. Everyone around him looks at him adoringly and keeps telling him “welcome back”. In this world Jason’s life has been turned upside down. He isn’t married to Daniela. He doesn’t have a son. He is a world renowned physicist who has created something extraordinary. Is all of this a dream? Why can’t Jason seem to wake up? If this is an alternate reality, how does he go back to his old life?

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It’s terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, branches off into a new world.

DARK MATTER is a whirlwind adventure in science fiction! The story starts with this impossible plot of alternate realities and the ability to travel between them and evolves in to a story of a man willing to stop at nothing to get back to his old life. I think by now you all know I’m no science fiction wizard, so it’s not hard to imagine I was a little intimidated by the idea of reading DARK MATTER. I kept hearing amazing reviews and was gifted the book by a fellow bookworm and yet still it sat on my shelf glaring at me. Thanks to the amazing #bookstagram community I finally dusted off the cover of this book and never looked back! I was hooked from page one. Sure there is an underlying scientific aspect that drives the plot to this story, but you don’t have to be gifted in higher level language or theory to understand the concepts. You certainly don’t have to have this knowledge to understand that at the core of the book Crouch is giving the reader a love story (not the cheesy kind) that drives a man to accomplish other worldly (literally) feats in order to reach his goal of being back in his everyday, normal, and perfectly wonderful life.

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. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.

Thank you so much to the lovely #awesomeAFbuddyreads crew over on Instagram for selecting DARK MATTER as your April pick! I can’t wait to join everyone for YOU next month!

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