Dark Matter (Paperback)

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Not a scifi fan? You will be after reading Blake Crouch's mind-bending, science fiction, thriller love story, "Dark Matter." It's the type of novel you fall into and dread the day you have to put it down. It will twist your sense of the possible and leave you contemplating your very existence.

Jason Dessen, a community college professor, was once a rising star in the field of physics until he got his equally talented, artist girlfriend, Daniela, pregnant and chose the alternate path of family and home. Several years later, during family night, he finds himself in his kitchen ruminating with Daniela over the success of his friend, Ryan, who just received the Pavia Award, an award Jason would have surely earned himself had he pursued his career. Though he feels a twinge of regret, he realizes he is happy and he dearly loves both his wife and teenage son. So, with the encouragement of Daniela, he breaks the family night tradition and joins Ryan for a celebratory drink at a local bar before dinner.

It will be a choice with drastic consequences.

At the bar, Jason quickly tires of Ryan's gloating about the award and condescending attitude toward Jason's life choices and heads for home. On his way, he is attacked, taken to an abandoned warehouse and given a powerful injection by a masked man who seems oddly familiar and who insists on asking him questions about his life and happiness. Jason awakens strapped to a table but is surrounded by people who are happy to see that the workaholic, "Dr. Dessen," has returned. Despite the celebratory mood, he is kept under close observation, locked in a room and given few details. It doesn't take long for Jason to decide he needs to escape and find his family.

Thus begins Jason's adventure, and to tell any more of the story would rob the reader of the element of surprise. Delving into the science of choice, Crouch uses two popular theories — Schrödinger's Cat and the Copenhagen Interpretation, to examine the idea that realities do not exist until we conceive of them or experience them and that, for every choice we make, there are an infinite number of instances of our lives existing simultaneously in a reality in which we have made a subtly different choice.

Wrapping one's mind around these concepts as Jason tries desperately to reunite with the family of his memory makes for a heart-pounding thriller that transcends the familiar, ushers readers to unexplored dimensions of infinite possibility and probes the consequences of paths not taken. It is a story of regret, passion, deep love and perseverance in the wake of confusion and profound distress.

This novel is highly recommended and will leave you begging for more.

— From Book review: Sci-fi novel, ‘Dark Matter,’ asks ‘what if?’

Have you ever wondered what direction your life could have taken if you made a different choice? What impact would it have made on your career...or possibly your entire life? After he is kidnapped one night, Jason Dessen finds out in this scifi love story as he desperately searches different dimensions of the present while trying desperately to return to his beloved wife and son. Maybe the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… Also available as an audiobook.

- Recommended by Katie G.

— From November Staff Picks for Bibliophiles


A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

"Are you happy with your life?"

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before 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? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could've imagined--one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human--a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.

About the Author

Blake Crouch is best known for the Wayward Pines trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies and was adapted into a prime-time event series on FOX. He lives in Colorado.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101904244
ISBN-10: 1101904240
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English