Summary: “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.
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Canada – Indigo
Dark Matter centres around Jason Dessen, college physics professor, husband and father. Fifteen years ago he used to be researching the multiverse and its many possibilities, until his life changed and he settled down with his wife and son.
With that “what if he’d not settled down, what if he’d continued his research?” the background for the story, Jason discovers the answer to that what if and more.
I enjoyed the multiverse aspect of it, it’s fascinating, with the multiple worlds and how one seemingly small decision affects the outcome of something else. Who hasn’t at one point wondered what might have happened if the choice they made had been different and where they’d be now because of it? Or wondered if there’s another version of yourself somewhere living a very different life to the one you currently lead?
Even with its scientific explanations, the questions and the theories, Dark matter is still an interesting story whilst learning a little bit more about the possibility of other universes existing and what they might contain.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a really good sci-fi book and I’m yet to read the Wayward Pines series, also by Blake Crouch, (I’ve seen the TV show and enjoyed that), but Dark Matter is going to be a book that’s hard to forget and in a good way.
Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? Yes.
Would I recommend it? Yes. If you’re looking for a fast paced, some adrenaline fuelled moments centring on the what if of a multiverse, this book is for you.