Dark Matter

Dark Matter

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which 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,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101904220
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRO
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm


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One of the best science fiction thrillers of the year, this novel focuses on Jason Dessen, an ordinary college physics professor, who suddenly gets kidnapped and sent to an alternate world. Unable to understand this strange new reality, Dessen struggles to find answers that will help him return t... Read More »

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WVMLlibrarian Mar 18, 2017

One day, Jason Dessen is kidnapped from his happy life, waking up to a world in which his wife is not his wife and his son was never born. In this other world, he is no college professor, but a quantum physics genius who has somehow discovered a means of travelling to parallel universes. In dange... Read More »

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DBRL_ReginaF Feb 13, 2018

It has been a long time since I have read a sci-fi that had me this hooked. Just imagine tripping through the multiverse and even interacting with the other versions of yourself.

Feb 02, 2018

I loved this book. I could not put it down. I saw a lot of people writing that it was fast paced and suspenseful, which I found to be 100% true. Definitely worth reading in my opinion. Thumbs up!

Jan 26, 2018

If you are looking for a fast-paced, easy-to-read and suspenseful novel, this might be great for you. I just couldn't stand the writing of the whole thing.

Sometimes the author seems to forget how to connect sentences, or even worst, how to form complete sentences. Maybe that's to keep the pace, and it would be ok if it the plot was immersive. But the for me, the main character (who is also the narrator) makes it impossible. He feels so implausible, one dimensional and dumb (even though we are constantly reminded that he is very smart scientist), that I couldn't care less about what happened to him.

liljables Jan 24, 2018

Although I love science fiction, I don't often pick up a thriller, so Dark Matter is somewhat outside of my wheelhouse. This novel certainly has the pacing of a thriller! Blake Crouch has successfully integrated quantum physics into a highly readable, fast-paced narrative. Folks who might be turned off by the science fiction label, fear not - the plot is not bogged down by unnecessary jargon (sci-fi fans might find this story lacking in that area, though). My only complaint is that our hero, Jason Dessen, wasn't entirely believable as a genius physicist, but perhaps I haven't met enough of those to know for sure.

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.

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!

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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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