13 February 2019

Dark Matter

Time Travel
Science Fiction

By Blake Crouch

Paperback 416 pages
Publisher Pan (24th Aug 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1447297581

'Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new.' Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

📕My Review

Dark Matter is one of those books that makes you think about life, the universe and... well... everything! What if I'm not the only version of myself? What if there are infinite versions of 'me' and what if all these different versions are living their lives in parallel universes? These are the questions physics professor Jason Dessen must face when he's abducted and awakens in a place where everyone seems to know him but he doesn't know them.

I really enjoyed Dark Matter and found it a refreshing read. Although the idea of parallel universes isn't new, Blake Crouch approaches it from a slightly different angle that is, quite frankly, mind-boggling! I felt as if I was trapped somewhere between Dr Who, Stargate and Sliders!

The story isn't weighed down by tons of heavy scientific jargon, so those of us who flunked quantum physics at school need not worry. Towards the final quarter it all got rather bizarre, but in a good way. It really does make you stop and think 'what if....'
Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

“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.

📘The Author 

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. 

His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015's #1 show. 

With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. 

He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. 

Crouch lives in Colorado.

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