- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101904224
- ISBN-13: 978-1101904220
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,457 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Amazon Best Book of July 2016: Blake Crouch is back with a science-fiction thriller that is fantastically terrifying. His story of Jason Dessen, an instantly relatable husband and father, quickly sucks you in as you follow him to an innocent evening at a local bar where circumstances abruptly shift and Jason begins a battle to make sense of a series of mind-bending realities that provoke past fears, both realized and unknown. Dark Matter will not just hold your attention cover to cover, but will continue to confront you far past the last sentence. --Penny Mann, The Amazon Book Review
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Excellent characterization and well-crafted tension do much to redeem the outlandish plot of this SF thriller from Crouch (the Wayward Pines trilogy). Jason Dessen, a quantum physicist, once had a brilliant research career ahead of him. But after a girlfriend’s unexpected pregnancy and the birth of a son, this future was derailed. Now Jason is a professor at a small Chicago college, content with his warm and loving family life until he’s abducted into a world in which his quantum many-worlds theory has become a fully realized technology for inter-dimensional transfer. In this world, Jason didn’t marry his girlfriend and never had a son. Jason is determined to get back to his family and his own world, but nefarious powers in the alternate reality conspire to stop him from revealing the criminal lengths they have gone to create the world-hopping technology. Crouch makes little attempt to justify the underlying science fiction MacGuffin, but a rousing and heartfelt ending will leave readers cheering. Agent: David Hale Smith, Inkwell Management. (July)\n
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Blake Crouch spins this yarn in a suspenseful and twisty way that leaves you guessing the whole way through. Themes of lost opportunity and a realization that the grass is not always greener follow our main character throughout, compelling the reader to push on.
This is a truly wonderful read. Crouch challenges us, through a surprisingly science fiction path, to reconsider regrets, and embrace that which we already have. Crown Publishing has gripped my attention with Dark Matter. You can find Dark Matter at major retailers and your local independent booksellers everywhere.
I also found this book to be less predictable than I had originally assumed it would be, which was a pleasant surprise—although I think I still would have enjoyed the story even if it had aligned with my predictions. And while I'm always for a good old traditional sci-fi book with aliens and the like, I loved that this sci-fi book stayed within the 21st century; it taught me about science as we currently understand it, using that knowledge to spin a tale that is really not so far outside the realm of possibility today.
Jason's character development and emotions are poignant and relatable, and you really come to love and empathize with him through his terror, longing, love, desperation, and determination.
What's more, this book made me wonder about many things, and it made me feel grateful for my life—exactly the way it is.
How's that for a gripping story line?
Most of the book is spent following the lead character though alternate realities as he searches for his own true universe. It's at this point the book could get trite and derivative. I don't think it does, as it held my interest all the way through. You can decide for yourself.
A solid story- highly recommended.