Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Pub Date: August 2016
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
“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.
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, 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.
Dark Matter is a fast-paced and mind-blowing read. I was hooked from the first chapter, I needed to find out what is going on. The mystery is like no other, it’s science-based and we are taken to the whole new world, that it almost like ours but just with the technology and scientific advances taken to the whole new level. We meet Jason, a science professor at a university in Chicago, and his family – wife Daniela and son Charlie. One night when coming back from a bar where he met with his friend who’s celebrating winning a prestigious price, Jason is abducted. His taking to some abandoned building far from his home, kidnapper injects some drug into him, and that’s the last thing he remembers when he wakes up in an unknown place, welcomed by strangers who seem to know him really well.
This starts a fascinating journey to figuring out what the hell is happening. Where’s Jason, who are those people and where is Jasons’ family? We are faced with some thought-provoking ethical questions. And we are forced to think ‘What if…’. What if I could have a second chance, what if I could live a life where I made different decisions. Would I do it? What impact would it have on me? On my world? On the universe? The science in Dark Matter makes the whole mystery much more entertaining, and this kept me on edge of my seat.
What annoyed me about this book are some of the decisions made by the main character. Some purely stupid decisions that were so annoying to read. Is it just me or anyone else was annoyed when Jason kept on going even though he knew that the place is dangerous, and is not the place where he’ll find his family? Why did he persist in trying to find them? Why was he so stupid about it?