Review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
SPOILERS AHEAD – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that gripped me from the first pages. In it, Jason Dessen, a mediocre college professor, is kidnapped and has his life taken over by—Jason Dessen. Wait, what?
It seems this other Jason, “Jason2,” made different choices in his life. While the narrator gave up his research to start a family, Jason2 continued until he created “the box,” a sensory deprivation room that puts occupants into a “cat state,” as in good ol’ Schrödinger’s cat. Thus, “the box” allows its occupant to step through the multiverse. This is only the beginning of the problem. Things get more twisted in the best way as the story unfolds.
Through everything, Crouch’s masterful prose—simple, quick, and effortless to digest—whisks the reader through the most complex of ideas with ease. Hiding inside this action-packed thriller is an emotional core of familial love. Deeper still, we find the philosophical—the narrative begs this question: What is it that makes us who we are?
Dark Matter was a multifaceted novel with such depth of feeling, excitement, and intrigue that I stayed up all night reading it. Part Interstellar, part TheTime Traveler’s Wife, with a little bit of The One (Jet Li), and a whole lot of its own flavor, Dark Matter was one of the most engrossing books I’ve read all year.
A review copy of this book was furnished for me by Net Galley for an honest review.
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