Dark Matter – a Review

Think about your life for a moment. What decision did you make that defines who you are? What would have happened if you chose another path? Would you still be happy? What if there are other yous out there?

Dark MatterThis science-fiction thriller is full of surprises. Jason Dessen’s peaceful, happy life is thrown into turmoil. He is walking home one night from the bar he frequents when he is abducted by a masked man, taken to an abandoned warehouse, and knocked unconscious.

When he comes to, he finds himself surrounded by men in hazmat suits. They all seem to know who he is, but Jason has no memory of them. At this point, I thought that Jason had been on some sort of undercover mission, but I was so wrong. Never did I dream of what lay ahead for him.

The life he knew is gone. The world he is now in is not the one he knows. Once those in the world he is now in figure out that Jason is not who they think he is, he is in danger. Then in a moment of desperation, he is presented with a way to maybe get back to the world he knows and to the family he loves.

Filled with twists and turns, Dark Matter will take you on the ride of your life. The storyline is out of this world, the characters are well-developed, and the descriptions are fantastic. I never want to experience what Jason Dessen does.

I was sent a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you are a fan of sci-fi, a fan of thrillers, a fan of books that are so great they are hard to stop reading, then you would absolutely love this book. If you would like a copy of your own, I have provided an Amazon link below.

Amazon Link: Dark Matter

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Favorite Sentences:
I read an uncorrected ebook file, so there is a chance the following sentences will appear differently in the final edition of this book.

There’s a weightlessness that permeates everything because no damning choices have been made, no paths committed to, and the road forking out ahead is pure, unlimited potential.

What if everything I know is wrong?

I can’t get over how entirely surreal it feels to be viewing a playback of the exact moment when the nightmare that is now my life began.

And there in the darkness, like the filaments of a lightbulb warming to life, the truth finds me.

The trees look haunted, their spindly branches like black spiderwebs against a charcoal sky.

New Words Learned:
decoherence – (physics) the process in which a system’s behaviour changes from that which can be explained by quantum mechanics to that which can be explained by classical mechanics

multiverse – In physics and cosmology, a multiverse is a hypothetical collection of identical or diverse universes, including our own

photomontage – a combination of several photographs joined together for artistic effect or to show more of the subject than can be shown in a single photograph.

qubits – quantum bits

seminal papers – papers that first presented an influential view of theory and have served as a model for other papers

Schrödinger’s cat – a famous illustration of the principle in quantum theory of superposition, proposed by Erwin Schrödinger in 1935

superposition – a principle of quantum theory that describes a challenging concept about the nature and behavior of matter and forces at the sub-atomic level

tesseract – the four-dimensional analogue of a cube

triptych – a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures, carvings, or the like

About the Author:
Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. 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 with his family.

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