Dark Matter

Dark Matter

“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 k...

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Title:Dark Matter
Author:Blake Crouch
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Dark Matter Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    *****NO SPOILERS, I SWEAR.*****

    There is nothing more

    *****NO SPOILERS, I SWEAR.*****

    There is nothing more frustrating to a reviewer than reading a book that can’t be written about. Almost every piece of information I could give you about this book is a ***spoiler***. Now, my definition of a spoiler and other people’s definition of a spoiler are not always the same, but in the case of this book the less said, the better.

    I was very fortunate to watch the movie

    without having a clue about the plot, which is a minor miracle since I’m highly exposed to plots of movies and books, but I was... over the moon... to watch that particular movie without knowing the twist of the plot. So with

    (That plot has nothing to do with this plot, just to be clear.) in mind, I am going to resist the urge to write and write and write about how cool this book is.

    The first order of business is to convince your friends to read it with you because you are going to want to discuss this book over numerous bottles of wine and a platter of cheese and pretzels. The cheese and pretzels only so you can drink more wine. It would be cruel and unusual punishment to have a designated driver, so my thought is that you should have this book discussion at someone’s house and bring your PJs. Stay over and maybe, if you have the right reasonably attractive friends, you can have….

    So keep that in mind, so that you don’t get

    while discussing this book.

    Now, anyone familiar with Blake Crouch should know he is a twisty, a twizzler, a zigzagger, a trickster. He bamboozled me in

    and now he has gone even further with Dark Matter. The great thing about this

    is that it isn’t just a one off twist...oh no...this is a twist that keeps wrapping itself around other twists until you start to feel little explosions in your head of all those overloaded brain cells.

    By the end of the book and certainly after the protons-smashing-together sex, you will be fully convinced that

    You will also be convinced that you need to read more Blake Crouch books, so you might as well go ahead and factor that into your book budget and *erhhh* food budget right now.

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Crown Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jennifer Masterson

    LOVED IT!!! This book is insanity in a box! 5 stars! Believe the hype! Do not read many reviews! If you like sci fi or want something different and can suspend disbelief read or listen to this book!

    This is the audio version review! The audio narrated by actor, Jon Lindstrom, is as good as it gets! He was the perfect narrator for "Dark Matter". This man was born to narrate books! He's that good!

    "Dark Matter" starts out pretty simple and then very quickly it turns insane and just keeps getting cra

    LOVED IT!!! This book is insanity in a box! 5 stars! Believe the hype! Do not read many reviews! If you like sci fi or want something different and can suspend disbelief read or listen to this book!

    This is the audio version review! The audio narrated by actor, Jon Lindstrom, is as good as it gets! He was the perfect narrator for "Dark Matter". This man was born to narrate books! He's that good!

    "Dark Matter" starts out pretty simple and then very quickly it turns insane and just keeps getting crazier and crazier. When you think it can't get any crazier it does! Trust me! I will never look at a box the same way again! If there is a trigger warning for boxes this book should have it! Lol!

    Jason Desson is a physicist. He has been married to Daniela for years. He has a son, Charlie, who is almost 15 years old. He's generally a happy guy. He works at a college and loves his family. One day he goes to a bar. When he leaves the bar everything changes! That's it. That's all the plot summery I'm giving you because from there I would be going into spoiler territory.

    I will share one quote that I think avoids spoilers, but might peak your curiosity: "Is it possible to outthink yourself". Boom! And that's all folks!!!

    Read it!!!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Dr. Mr. Crouch,

    I was first introduced to your work via my Aunt Janet “The Librarian” years ago; she started me off with your

    series and I knew I’d found a new favorite author. I branched out on my own and decided to try the

    series; somehow I ended up liking that even more than the previous. I was on a roll! Months ago, when I first saw your new book listed on NetGalley, it was vague and sneaky, both things I like in a book, but I decided to wait on requ

    Dr. Mr. Crouch,

    I was first introduced to your work via my Aunt Janet “The Librarian” years ago; she started me off with your

    series and I knew I’d found a new favorite author. I branched out on my own and decided to try the

    series; somehow I ended up liking that even more than the previous. I was on a roll! Months ago, when I first saw your new book listed on NetGalley, it was vague and sneaky, both things I like in a book, but I decided to wait on requesting until I saw a couple of reviews. Then it hit me-everyone was describing this new book as a love story. A LOVE STORY?! No thanks; not for me. I don’t do that mushy-gushy nonsense. I was disappointed; I had really hoped for something exciting and fresh! As time went on, more of my Goodreads buds kept giving me grief to the point I agreed to read it, but I put it off as long as possible until finally I just needed to clear it off my shelf. I was still a little bitter and possibly throwing a tantrum, but I was going to read it despite your utter betrayal into the land of touchy feely.

    Boy was I wrong. I know; I should have trusted you. And I finally get all those “this is truly a love story-blah blah blah” comments, because at heart, it is just that. You made sure to include all the intelligent, thrilling components of a Blake Crouch masterpiece that made me almost cancel my date night because I had to read “just one more chapter”. I’m not sure who’s bright idea it was to release your book during this

    phenomenon, but it was genius. My brain hasn’t had to process this much science since college, and it’s given me the illusion that I can moonlight as an intellectual again. Hehe. Anyway, no plot summary, giveaways, or spoilers here, but thank you good sir for putting in the time and effort to create an unforgettable journey that is sure to stay with all its readers for years to come. I appreciate you keeping it simple enough for my brain to keep up, and hopefully I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ll be recommending this to everyone in the near future and am sure to include this in my Top Books of 2016 round up.

    Thanks again, and looking forward to the next book. I promise to be more trusting the next go around.

    All the best,

    Chels

  • Matthew

    Best way to sum this up - one of the most unique and original stories I have read in a long time. 75% of this book I cannot give you a similar example of from another story.

    I can see why others have said it is tough to review without spoiling. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT GETS SPOILED FOR YOU!

    It is the perfect balance of suspense, action, sci-fi, romance, and WHAT THE HECK!?!? I was enthralled the entire time and did not want to put it down (but we all have to sleep and work sometime, rig

    Best way to sum this up - one of the most unique and original stories I have read in a long time. 75% of this book I cannot give you a similar example of from another story.

    I can see why others have said it is tough to review without spoiling. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT GETS SPOILED FOR YOU!

    It is the perfect balance of suspense, action, sci-fi, romance, and WHAT THE HECK!?!? I was enthralled the entire time and did not want to put it down (but we all have to sleep and work sometime, right?)

    Maybe this book isn't for you, but perhaps there is a different version of you somewhere and it is perfect for them. Do that other you justice and give this one a shot!

    Update 12/6/2016 - ARGH! This should have won the Goodreads Choice Awards! I am calling for a recount!

  • Regan

    4.5

    This book f*cked me up.

  • karen

    what

    this book….???

    i suppose it's best described as a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it.

    it's also another one of those reviewing-on-eggshells books, because of all the spoilers that could possibly be spoilt, where we're going to have to dance our way around a bunch of important nouns and verbs.

    so, this little puzzle book of genre-blending mastery... i know i wrote "love story"

    what

    this book….???

    i suppose it's best described as a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it.

    it's also another one of those reviewing-on-eggshells books, because of all the spoilers that could possibly be spoilt, where we're going to have to dance our way around a bunch of important nouns and verbs.

    so, this little puzzle book of genre-blending mastery... i know i wrote "love story" up there and that might make you want to give this a pass, but don't let it dissuade you! it's absolutely a love story - if this book were a turducken, the love story would be the chickeny center the rest of the meat is swaddled around, but it's a

    love story as opposed to a romance - a love story in which the participants are mature and equally-matched and their love has deepened and endured over the years from that first burst of sexxytime infatuation into the calm steadiness of sweatpants and chores and family love.

    and now it is threatened by an unforseeable obstacle.

    but don't worry - it's got so much duck/turkey whizzbangery wrapped around it that you won't feel like you're reading some kissyface book. the largest, most visible part is the SF turkey outer layer, which takes the shape of a super-actiony thriller - gripping, exciting, suspenseful, and flashing so many scenes that left me jawdropped with hopelessness because of what an asshole science is

    and i'm not saying i understand all of it because this brain is a garbage-brain, but the parts i did understand were so satisfying and creepy and oh no you didn't and amaaaaaanda!

    it's a great thinky romp that definitely put an end to any inclination i might otherwise have had to even

    regretting choices i have made in my life or wondering 'what if...?'

    because it is NOT worth it, man. trust me.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    I just read the craziest book and it was so good. I was going along wanting to find out what in the world has happened to Jason! Why has he lost his identity. Who are these people after him! I mean one minute, you have a wife and kid and then you don't. Your in another world .. ish.

    Just trying to enjoy this book and they lured me right on down that hole!

    So now. What am I going to say in this review that won't give anything away. I mean this is a boo

    I just read the craziest book and it was so good. I was going along wanting to find out what in the world has happened to Jason! Why has he lost his identity. Who are these people after him! I mean one minute, you have a wife and kid and then you don't. Your in another world .. ish.

    Just trying to enjoy this book and they lured me right on down that hole!

    So now. What am I going to say in this review that won't give anything away. I mean this is a book that you need to talk about with people. It is full of science and alternate this and alternate that. Holy crow, the things Jason has to go through just to try to find his wife Daniela and his son Charlie is

    !!!

    The book is good though, it will definitely keep you on your toes and have a lot of those what the.. moments. And when you find out who is behind a lot of this stuff when he goes to different realities, it will throw you for a loop! I was like, no way!!!! I would not want to be this man!

    Anyway, all of you science peeps out there should read it and some others too. I want to see what some of my friends think about it.

    **I would like to thank Penguin Random House for a print copy of this book through The Reading Room in exchange for my honest review.**

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  • Emily May

    This book made me feel tiny. It was overwhelming and scary, but

    .

    is the kind of compelling "I must know WTF is going on" book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world - this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells - and you don't want to come out until you know how it

    This book made me feel tiny. It was overwhelming and scary, but

    .

    is the kind of compelling "I must know WTF is going on" book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world - this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells - and you don't want to come out until you know how it ends. Real life? Who cares? Shit is going down and I need answers!

    I recently read Crouch's

    and was pretty disappointed. It was a great concept, but I thought the TV show was better and I didn't much like any of the characters. That's not a problem here. Jason Dessen goes through some serious shit and it's hard not to find sympathy for him when his life is ripped apart.

    After being abducted one night by a masked man, Jason is knocked unconscious and wakes in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people who all seem to think he's somebody he isn't. What happened to him? Where are his beloved wife and son? These are questions that he will try to answer. But, as he discovers more and more about his situation, he starts to doubt what is real and what is not. Doubt whether he'll ever make it back to his life. Doubt whether it ever even existed at all.

    And just when you think you got it. When you think you've wrapped your brain around where this book is taking you and what's going on - well, buckle your seat belts, because this ride is about to get a whole lot crazier. In a good way.

    It's

    . I felt connected to the book on a personal level because I shared Jason's horror and the fear that he would never make it back to the family he loves. So it was emotionally engaging. But it was also thought-provoking. I could feel my eyes getting wider as I read further into the story.

    The sort of "twist" in the plot is the perfect kind. One of those that I really should have seen coming - it was so obvious! - and yet I didn't. At all. So so good.

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    , to be blunt, is miles and miles away from the line that marks my ‘‘comfort zone.’’ I never, or very, very seldom, read books such as this one.

    But the truth is, I never read a book like

    before.

    It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a science fiction book.

    It’s thought-provoking, gripping, action-filled.

    It makes you think about life and family and what

    , to be blunt, is miles and miles away from the line that marks my ‘‘comfort zone.’’ I never, or very, very seldom, read books such as this one.

    But the truth is, I never read a book like

    before.

    It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a science fiction book.

    It’s thought-provoking, gripping, action-filled.

    It makes you think about life and family and what matters most.

    Who you are, who you were, who you could be.

    What you want, what you need and what you should have.

    When to start, when to stop and when to go back.

    The writing is so very simplistic, but it does the job. It just isn’t the reason why this book is so highly praised. The author manages, however, to bring to life an authentic, loveable and heart-warming hero… or shall I say

    ?

    There is a lot going on in this story. Don’t you worry, there’s not just action. There’s plenty of inspirational quotes and deep, emotional scenes and surprises.

    I can’t give this book a five-star rating, because the writing isn’t great exactly and it’s simply not the type of book I would ever reread, but if I were to rate it on my enjoyment alone, my rating would be a four point five.

    When I said that

    is thought-provoking, I meant every syllable. There is no way to close this book and not ponder tiny, big things in your life. No way to

    question some things or

    smile at others.

    I won’t summarize the story, because I read this having no prior knowledge of what it would contain, and the reading turned out amazing for me. Plus it’s much more poignant this way. You won’t see a thing coming. Even the ending is not what you’ll expect at the beginning. But it’s good. Oh, it’s very good.

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  • Justin

    I loved the premise of this story.

    Are we really happy? What if we made different decisions in life?

    What if we could live out choices we never made but wished we did?

    What if we went left instead of right?

    Straight.

    Backward.

    Diagon Alley.

    Harry Potter.

    The premise was very interesting. The stuff about the box and the multiverse and even the science at times was interesting.

    Why couldn't you pull that off, Andy Weir?

    The plot is so fast-paced and relentless. Even if you aren't fully invested, you want t

    I loved the premise of this story.

    Are we really happy? What if we made different decisions in life?

    What if we could live out choices we never made but wished we did?

    What if we went left instead of right?

    Straight.

    Backward.

    Diagon Alley.

    Harry Potter.

    The premise was very interesting. The stuff about the box and the multiverse and even the science at times was interesting.

    Why couldn't you pull that off, Andy Weir?

    The plot is so fast-paced and relentless. Even if you aren't fully invested, you want to keep going because it's so easy to keep going.

    Few paragraphs have more than two sentences. Most have just one.

    Or just a few words.

    Or a list.

    Sausage.

    Pepperoni.

    Cheese.

    Bacon.

    I use the word "paragraph" loosely.

    Blake Crouch doesn't use paragraphs at all. Sometimes.

    Sentences.

    Words.

    Little description.

    All plot.

    All action.

    Lots of running. Guns. Murder, kind of. Surprises.

    Family.

    Love.

    Science.

    It's all there.

    This book really just wants a few hours of your attention. That's all. It doesn't need you to think too much about it, and it doesn't need you to remember it a few weeks later when you're doing other more important stuff.

    It just wants to hang out and take you on a little ride for the weekend and then let you off to get back to your real life.

    Keep your arms and legs inside at all times. Until the ride comes to a complete stop.

    Thank you for choosing Dark Matter. We know you have choices when it comes to science fiction thriller books, and we thank you for choosing this one to entertain you today.

    The Martian.

    Harlan Coben, any of them.

    No more comparisons.

    I can see this being made into a movie. Something like The Matrix. Seems like Blake Crouch has all of his stuff turned into TV shows these days.

    Wayward Pines.

    Some other show on TNT, I think.

    I don't know enough to really comment on those.

    But, I know they're there.

    They're

    Their

    There

    They're there in their whatever.

    This is written just like that young adult trilogy, Chaos Walking.

    The Knife of Never Letting Go is a better book.

    But, that's just me. I don't even know why I need to say that. They're different books. They're there and they're different books for young adults and their enjoyment there. Yes, they are. They're.

    Hello there!

    I do think if we could really do what this book talks about, or if there really is what this book says there is... boy... that would be wild, and I think our heads would explode trying to rationalize it.

    Boom!

    Pow!

    Zap!

    Zap! only if our heads explode because of a Taser, or a laser beam I guess.

    Anyway, if you made it this far... I'm sorry. I think you should read this if you want a fun thrill ride one day or two. Don't expect much from Dark Matter and it will get the job done.

    Zap!

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