Published: July 26th, 2016 by Crown
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Adult fiction, sci-fi, thriller
Source: Borrowed from the library.
Summary from Goodreads:
“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.
I’ve been in the mood to read thrillers lately and I had seen this one getting pretty positive reviews so when I saw that my library had it, I couldn’t resist picking it up. This was a really good read and I’m definitely glad I decided to read it.
This is kind of hard to review without giving too much away, so this is probably going to be a pretty short review.
First of all, let me say that this book is a bit predictable (and this is coming from someone who doesn’t read many thrillers so doesn’t know all the cliches and tropes of the genre). Based on nothing but the blurb, I had already figured out what had happened and why he woke up to a completely unknown world. The last section of the book was something that I kind of predicted would happen as well, although I hadn’t realized the entirety of what would happen. This isn’t to say that there was nothing surprising that happened. There were a few moments that I did not see coming and that took me by surprise. But that definitely isn’t true of the whole story.
Despite being predictable, I still found everything really enjoyable. Again, it’s kind of hard to expand on this without giving away spoilers, but the adventure we’re taken through is thoroughly entertaining. The pacing is spot-on. I never once felt bored or felt as though we had gone through a long stretch without anything happening.
I was surprised by how much I liked the main character, Jason. It’s not that I was expecting to hate him or anything, but I just didn’t think I would be so invested in his story and rooting for him to figure everything out and fix it. But I was. Throughout everything he was experiencing, I wanted him to be able to get back to the life he knew and loved.
The science aspects of this book are nothing to be worried about. I know some people (myself included) get worried that when science plays a big part in a book that it will be hard to understand and thus the story itself will be confusing. Science does play a pretty big role, but it’s very accessible and easy to understand which was a huge relief to me.
Dark Matter is a great thriller that I would recommend to you if you’re looking for a thriller but don’t mind it not being totally mind-blowing and unpredictable. I really enjoyed reading this and I’m looking forward to reading more of Crouch’s books in the future.