Dark Matter - Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch

  • Release Date: 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 570 Ratings


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.


  • Coulnd’t put it down!

    By sillykily
    Really fun, easy read. I thought the story was unique and well written - it made an outlandish plot engrossing and believable. I was very impressed the author came up with an ending that worked. Read it! :)
  • Read this book

    By HeadsFan
    This is a fantastic story. If I tell you anything about it I've said too much.
  • Good read

    By dineto1
    I really liked the concept of this book. It made me think a little bit about life and how we take things for granted sometimes, and that we shouldn't live with regrets. It was easy to read and written in a way you can comprehend. The main character was developed really well, I liked him a lot. Lastly, the ending was amazing.
  • Incredible!

    By RiccoV
    The thoughts all of us have had about infinity and multiple dimensions explored in fiction. Very well done. I wish I could have not read it so I could read it for the first time.
  • Couldn't put it down!

    By DFilly925
    Terrifically original. Would make a great movie.
  • Twisty and Engaging Plot

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    This sci-fi is majorly interesting and thought provoking. It really messed with my head, gave me a scare and is affecting me still. Jason discovers that every decision we make changes the future. There are limitless versions of us splitting after the smallest adjustment. What if you went to an alternative life where the you that you know isn't you (yes, it's as twisty as that sentence). How did each divergence make not-you incompatible with yourself? What lengths will one go to get the reality they want? Dark Matter has an awesome storyline with creepy, sweet and action bits. There are no dull moments. I recommend it.
  • So good

    By Brez420
    From beginning to end I couldn't put this book down. I'd recommend it to anyone. This was the first book I've read from this author and I will be checking out more.
  • Begin a Journey Like No Other

    By FedUpWithZinio
    There are only three books I have ever read cover to cover in a single session: The DaVinci Code, The Firm, and Dark Matter. And DM stands as the best book I've ever read. While the concepts of quantum physics and multiverses run throughout the novel, the story reveals deep insights into the power - and consequences (good and bad) - of our decisions. I bought this just before stepping on a plane from London to Minneapolis (a 9-hour flight) - pondering my own future. I was being recruited to run an international operation for a client and had big decisions to make. Little did I know I would actually gain insight into my own life from this work of fiction. The writing hooks the reader from the first page, and the pace is on par with the novels I mentioned earlier. Brilliant, insightful... the story crafted in a way that demands you reflect on your own decisions you've made throughout your life - and then provides a perspective that sheds new light on where you've been, where you are, and the power of decision. The ending was powerful - one I didn't see coming. Once I finished, I sat there pondering all that I had taken in, and was literally shocked to hear the flight attendant over the intercom announce our decent. Talk about a surreal realization of a time warp! When does such a long flight ever go by so quickly? When you've got Blake Crouch as your captain. There is only one decision you have to make at this moment and at this time in your life: READ IT.
  • Great read

    By Hgplaya
    I loved this book-couldn't put it down. Mind-bending.
  • Somewhat entertaining, but with a MAJOR plot-hole

    By ipadfilmz
    Dark Matter is a tale of a man who invents a machine that can open doors between an infinite array of alternate universes, all created by the individual choices of their inhabitants. It’s science fiction that goes light on the science and treads where other storytellers have gone before (as any Star Trek fan could tell you). The plot-hole? Here it is, in a synopsis of the opening storyline. Jason1 is a middling college professor with a nice life w/wife and son. It’s not the life of his dreams, but it’s enough. He is abducted, drugged and wakes up in a high tech lab, from which he escapes only to flee into a version of his home town (Chicago) that is disimilar enough from his “normal” version to make him aware that somthing is very wrong. He surmises that he has been swapped between universes by super-scientist Jason2, an ultra-rich and ultra-successful version of himself without a family. Jason1 seeks out his would be wife (whom he parted ways with 15 years prior in this alternate universe), tells her his story and they rekindle their romance on the spot. And there's the flaw… before taking the plunge on a high risk (as we discover) universe swap to recapture "the one that got away", what about Jason2 first asking out the version of her in his (the alternate) universe? He’s rich, successful, and apparently she’s available. Go for it, Jason2! Or not... The fact that he went to all the trouble to trade lives without any mention of an unsuccessful attempt and winning over the version of her from his own reality makes no sense (an oversight that could be easily corrected with a well placed paragraph or two describing an unsuccessful attempt(s) as justification for the big parallel-universe endeavor). Overall, the book starts slowly, then becomes very engaging in the middle stanza during which Jason1 staggers through various alternative versions of Chicago via the contraption invented by Jason2 (this is the most entertaining and rewarding part of the book for sci-fi fans). Ultimately, though, “Dark Matter” (which has no references to real dark matter) settles down into more of a romance-based drama in the final third (although with an interesting twist). When it was over, I found myself wanting more thriller/sci-fi and maybe a little more actual science (I like being "info-tained”). I was also put off a bit by some of the crass language used to describe sexual situations, which I felt was crude and undermined the intellectual quality of the book. These moments could have been written more tactfully without compromising the story. For all it’s alternate universe hopping, “Dark Matter” doesn’t really take us into unfamiliar story-telling territory (although it almost does in certain points). It was, nonetheless, an entertaining and moderately satisfying distraction.