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Dark Matter: A Novel Hardcover – July 26, 2016
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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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Without spoiling too much, the book will leave you with questions about how you've gotten to where you are and what things could've been. Worth reading if only for the stimulating questions it will force you to answer about your own life.
So, to be more vague, a man uncovers the secret of traveling among parallel universes. Of course, this knowledge is put to sinister use. It's not sinister in a "destroy the world" kind of way, just in a "destroy a man's life" kind of way. Once done, that man must seek to get back to the life he left and the one he wants more than anything. There's a significant twist in there, but one will have to read the book to understand it.
I could not put the book down. I'm not a scientist by any means, but I even found some of the more scientific passages riveting. I would probably give it a 4.5 if I could, only because there are bits in the middle during the "exploration" stage of things that dragged just a bit. Our primary protagonist...for lack of a better description...is aided by a woman, and I would also have liked to known for sure what came of her once she leaves the story. One can guess, though.
There's mind-blowing twist toward the end that I never saw coming. In short, I've been recommending this book to everyone. It's a trip well worth taking!
Traversing the universes is a quest story. It is a mere component of the overall book. Making it longer and more detailed is mere padding, not an improvement. I like the treatment the author gave the story. Well done.
I decided to read a few pages to just get the flavor of the story and I was blown away. I stopped reading everything else and just had to find out if Jason could even figure out how to work the multiverse box yet get back to his Daniela. The possible universes he/we could create at Dr disappoints are truly staggering and although I am a bit skeptical about how so many universes could exist, the story handled all these different universes very well. Mr Crouch said this was his most difficult story and I can see why.
If you are a fan of alternate universe theories and how our decisions can lead us to different outcomes, give this book a try. Be ready for a he'll of a ride.
A good read.
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The suspense. This book was a RIDE. I had read many positive reviews of it online before selecting it and had also had it recommended to me in person, but...Read more