Dark Matter

Dark Matter

A Novel

Book - 2016
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An ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious--and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781101904220
Branch Call Number: FIC CROUCH 2016
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm


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“Once on the fast-track to academic stardom, Jason Dessen finds his quiet family life and career upended when a stranger kidnaps him. Suddenly Jason’s idle “what-ifs” become panicked “what-nows,” as the humble quantum physics professor from a small Chicago college gets to explore the roads not ta... Read More »

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Jan 16, 2018

A highly original and page-turning thriller about the choices we make, the roads not taken, and what it means to be who we are, told through the eyes of a quantum physicist and his pursuit of his love. I appreciated that the physics was explained so well and didn't weigh down the fast-paced narrative. Just a really cool and well-executed idea. Good show.

Dec 27, 2017

Fun story. Well paced. Definitely draws you in. There is one chapter that gets a little bogged down in making sure the reader understands the concept of the multiverse and the concept of a new universe being created by each option and decision we make. However, it doesn't ruin the book in any way. If you have read comic books in the last 20 year or are a fan of science fiction in any way, the concept is not new to you at all. I do understand why the chapter is there. The author wanted to ensure all readers were entering the story with understanding of the concept. This was my 1st Blake Crouch book, but it won't be my last.

DBRL_DanaS Dec 04, 2017

Fast-paced and suspenseful, this novel is page-turner from the get-go. While categorized in the sci-fi genre, it invokes universal questions regarding the choices you make, the paths-not-traveled, and what you would endure for those you love.

Dec 02, 2017

Great Sci-fi book. I want to read more from this author.

The beginning is a little slow. But once it takes off, it is truly page turning. I was sucked into the story, and my motion goes up and down with the main character. The best thing is that the theory behind the sci-fi is so realistic. The different worlds when travelling in parallel worlds are interesting and intriguing. Even how at the end there is this fight among yourselves...

Dec 01, 2017

I am not disappointed by the author as much as I am by the community that thought so highly of this book. I took this book without reading the premise, yet I was able to predict the book the moment I read the TS Eliot quote at the front of the novel.
So glad it was rented. Bad writing, predictable story, and the main character was not believable as a scientist (this coming from a real scientist).

BostonPL_LauraB Nov 09, 2017

I really liked this one. A completely new premise (to me) and it was action-packed and nerve-wracking and just really well done.

Oct 23, 2017

Now this was great! I like a book that just "starts", and doesn't drown you in backstory which can at times become confusing, and boring. Portions of backstory and details are revealed as the story progresses.

Much of the plot and concept will be familiar to sci fi fans, but the execution, and perspective of the main character really bring a great take! T he story is a bit of a mash up of one of my favorite "shocking" games from 2012, and one of my favorite novels turned "hit" movie in 1999.

I really liked the ending, as it provided some closure, but left you thinking.

Highly suggested!

Oct 21, 2017

This was a quick read. It reminded me a bit of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Parallels."

Sep 25, 2017

Walking home to meet his family for dinner, Jason Dessen is kidnapped, pushed into a vehicle and forced to drive to a remote, abandoned power plant in a forgotten industrial neighborhood of Chicago. There, his abductor has him change clothes and injects him with a clear liquid, upon which everything goes dark. He awakens in a seemingly different reality, one in which he has never been married. Though in this world he is the superstar he always knew he had the potential to be in his scientific field, Jason is desperate to return to his family.

It had been a while since I'd read a thriller, and this was a wild, fun, thought-provoking ride. Recommended!

LPL_EliH Sep 15, 2017

More Crichton than Arthur C Clarke, it leans on the thriller pacing, letting the lofty quantum concepts play second fiddle. This is probably for the best, though, and I was surprised by how effective and enjoyable the story became with its solid action sequences and interspersed "wow" moments.

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Mar 21, 2017

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Aug 22, 2016

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SPL_Brittany Oct 17, 2016

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before his abductor knocks him unconscious, before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits, where 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?

Blake Crouch writes a gripping science fiction thriller that will hook you from the very beginning, and will have you reading late into the night. A thought-provoking read full of twists and turns, that takes you down the scientific rabbit hole, delving into questions of our own existence and the consequences our life decisions. This novel will delight those who enjoy Orphan Black, the Matrix and Inception.

Aug 22, 2016

College professor bored with his life, due to the routines, finds himself being kidnapped on the way home one night, after running an errand. After meeting his alternate reality and realizing his other "self" has switched places, he desperately tries to get back to the life he knows and realizes he "loves" in all its imperfections.


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Apr 13, 2017

“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.”


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