Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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4.5/5 Stars.

Note: I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine waking up to find that everything you’ve come to know about yourself and your life isn’t the way you remembered it — that everything you think you know is wrong. Physics professor Jason Dessen is abducted by a masked man and knocked unconscious, only to wake up in a strange world that resembles his own but clearly isn’t. Determined to get back to his wife, his son and the life he once took for granted, Jason must embark on a journey more eerie and formidable than anything he ever could have imagined.

This is definitely one of those books that you want to go into knowing as little as possible. I’ll tell you this, though: I was captivated from beginning to end. Blake Crouch (the mind behind the Wayward Pines books) knows how to write science fiction that’s just as thrilling and entertaining as it is smart and intellectually stimulating. If you’re the kind of person who couldn’t stop thinking about Inception or who loves pondering the possibility of parallel universes, this is the kind of mind-bending story you’ll love.

Like all the best sci-fi stories, there’s also a distinct element of humanity to be found here. Crouch uses his to explore the nature of identity and the significance of each and every choice we make. I read this book in one day and truly didn’t want to put it down. It’s fast-paced, enthralling, sad and extremely thought-provoking. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys sci-fi.

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