Review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Just settle in and prepare to roll with this unique book--it keeps you hooked the whole way through.
After Jason Dessen, a physics professor, is abducted from the street in Chicago, he awakens in a different life, one in which he is not married to his wife and he has no son, but he is welcomed "back" to an existence in which he is a scientific genius. It all feels like a mistake, and an overwhelming, life-ruining one at that.
Jason struggles to determine which reality of the multiverse is true and how the hell he might get back to his family. Crouch's Dark Matter is a fascinating blend of action-packed and poignant. Just settle in and prepare to roll with this unique book--it keeps you hooked the whole way through. I cared deeply about the characters, and Crouch's scientific passages don't require you to remember your high school physics to feel entrenched in that element.
I plowed through this book to figure out how the heck the main protagonist was going to resolve the situation, if he could. I haven't read a book with anything similar to this premise, and I found it fascinating. I'm all in on Crouch's books now.
What did you think?
I love an alternate reality story, and I thought this was a smart and lovely one.
Crouch also wrote Recursion, which I adored.