Monday, August 28, 2017

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


“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.

My Thoughts:

     I keep hearing things about Dark Matter and how amazing it is so I decided to dive in!  Even if you read the above description and decide that it might not be for you, think again.  Yes, it is filled with science/physics stuff that only Sheldon Cooper can fully understand but you'll get the jist of it and you will love the way it makes you think about life.  
     Jason has always wondered how his life might have been different if he hadn't given up his promising physics career to raise a family.  He never thought he would truly get the answer to that question!  It is amazing and slightly scary to think of what might have been but this story will make you stop and truly appreciate what you have and where you are in life.  This may be seen or perceived as a love story but it is a love story about life.  
  This is a very fast paced thriller and a completely new (at least to me) concept and while the science sometimes got to be a little much it was well worth it for the amazing story of growth and learning what is important in life.  One complaint would be that you are left hanging with no resolution on one aspect of the story and I HATE that! 4/5 stars

Favorite quotes:

"That everything which has a probability of happening is happening. Everything that might have occurred in our past did occur, only in another universe."

"There's something horribly lonely about a place that's almost home."

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