5 Stars for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Adult Sci-Fi Thriller

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | | | |

You know all those over-used cheesy descriptions like mind-blowing, and mind-boggling? Dark Matter is the kind of book those should be saved for because it brings them back to life with a purpose.

Dark Matter explores well, dark matter. I’m a layman interested in science but honestly, the science of physics is beyond me. So I was uneasy going in, wondering if I would be able to keep up.

Thankfully, Jason is an excellent guide through Schrodinger’s Cat, the multiverse, and game theory. I feel like I understand the concepts better than I ever have. I wasn’t lost or confused ever during the winding travels and tribulations.

I’ve never read anything quite like Dark Matter before. And I don’t think I will again. I haven’t read Blake Couch’s previous work, but I plan to now and I’ll be watching his new releases.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Suspense,
Age: Adult
Format: Ebook, 352 pgs.
Source: Free from Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars
Recommendable? Yes
CW: Kidnapping, Drugs, Violence
“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.

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The Good The Bad & The Other
+ Solid blend of science and sci-fi that’s easily understandable - Uh???
+ Phenomenal pacing and plotting
+ Unpredictable
+ Loved Jason and his journey, his progression, his family, his mind and character
+ Staying power, lingering questions and paths to wander after finishing
+ Ending is open, emotional, and impeccable

I don’t know how to review this book. Without spoilers I can’t discuss the best part: the thrilling sci-fi ride along and all the implications. I’m still thinking about the consequences, the results, and how police will handle the disturbing trail left in its wake.

Dark Matter’s blurb is good, but the Netgalley description needs to be included because I can’t agree more:
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, 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.”

I learned much reading Dark Matter, beyond the science. It made me think about the choices I’ve made and ponder how small variations could drastically alter…everything. Before I’ve had occasional thought about “the path not chosen” but never to this extent, to the minute, to this satisfaction. I’m more content with where I am and what led me here after reading Dark Matter. My choices won’t result in such a…calamity but it makes me appreciate it all the more anyways.

In the end, we’re left pondering what happens next. While I usually loathe open endings, it’s perfect for Dark Matter. It feels right with trepidation and hope.

If you want a thriller with legitimate thrills, science fiction based on real science, or an unstoppable page-turner, you should read Dark Matter.


  1. I've been eyeing this book just because it sounds so interesting.. and now I'm really more eager to read it!! Great review!

    1. Thanks! I hope you read and enjoy Dark Matter soon!


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