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Book Thoughts: Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

Now, this was compulsive reading!


Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Fiction /Science Fiction
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.


I flew through this novel. I kept wanting to turn the page once I got into the story.

It had been a while since I read a fast-paced book like this and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed the plot and the writing, though I have to say that the ‘sciency’ stuff went completely over my head. But then, I have never studied quantum physics! I do feel like I wanted a bit more explanation about the tech every now and then. I wanted to understand it more. It as not necessary to enjoy the book, but still…

I liked Jason as a main character and the idea the author puts forward about the multiverse, though to be honest it gave me a headache when I thought about it too much, so I didn’t. It does beg the question “What does it mean to be me?” and that is a question always worth asking yourself.

The stakes were high enough to root for Jason throughout the book, but it never gave me palpitations! Just the right amount of thrill I would say.

This was a fun read and I will definitely read more by this author. I would highly recommend it when you need something fast-paced with a bit of a thrill that also makes you think a bit.

6 out of 7 stars