Review - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 @CrownPublishing

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Date Read: May 15, 2016
Source: NetGalley

“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.

My Review

I loved this book. I picked this one up when I was really hoping to pull myself out of a reading slump...and it worked.  You would think that I could easily write a nice gushy review of the wonderful story but I am finding it really hard to write a review because I am determined not to spoil this story for anyone else.  

I think that I thought that there would be some elements of horror in the story.  I was wrong.  This is really a science fiction story.  I don't read a lot of science fiction but I really enjoyed this one.  It made me think about things.  There is really a whole world of possibilities presented in this story and while I realize that it is a work of fiction, it was really fun to imagine all of the scenerios.

This story follows Jason.  Jason is really a pretty normal guy.  He is married with a teenage son.  He is a professor at the local college and is really pretty happy with his life.  I thought that Jason was a really solid character.  He was pretty easy to get behind and I found myself really caring about him.  I was cheering for him until the very end of the story and wanted to see him succeed.

I loved the writing.  This book was pretty fast paced and I found it really hard to put down.  I read the whole book from cover to cover in less than 24 hours because I couldn't get it out of my head.  I needed to read just one more chapter...and we all know how that goes.  The book flowed largely due to the wonderful storytelling.  The unbelievable became believable and the lines between fiction and fact blurred.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction.  I think anyone looking for something a little different may enjoy this one as well.  I have read a couple of books that Blake Crouch co-authored and I enjoyed those but I do think that I prefer his solo efforts a bit more.  I definitely plan to read more from this author very soon.

I received a copy of this book from Crown Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 

About the Authors

BLAKE CROUCH has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is best known for his bestselling Wayward Pines series, which was adapted into a FOX Television “event series” airing in Spring 2015, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, and Terrence Howard.


  1. Did you say science fiction && fast-paced? I like the sound of this book. Reading blurb easily caught my attention. It's intriguing. Adding this to my wishlist! Great review! :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  2. I'm eager to read this one myself. I've already jumped on the holds list at the library. Great review!

  3. I don't read much science fiction but this sounds really good! I love a good fast paced read - especially right now when the heat is frying brain. I haven't read anything by Blake Crouch but I've watched some of the Wayward Pines show and have enjoyed it.

  4. Woohoo! I loved this too. Such a crazy-good story.


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