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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  352,737 ratings  ·  41,992 reviews
A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

"Are you happy with your life?"

Those are the last words Jaso
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Crown
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Loraine This was the biggest question I had while reading this! The corridor was a lower-dimensional mental representation of a higher dimension space, allowi…moreThis was the biggest question I had while reading this! The corridor was a lower-dimensional mental representation of a higher dimension space, allowing them access to other worlds. Once in that world, the box should not be there physically. It's not a TARDIS, just a portal of sorts. There is no reason why the box should have manifested and stayed manifested so convieniently in the new world. They would have been dropped into the alternate world and to exit, would've had to build a new box.(less)

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Emily May
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botm, 2016, sci-fi
I suppose we’re both just trying to come to terms with how horrifying infinity really is.

This book made me feel tiny. It was overwhelming and scary, but oh so very gripping too.

Dark Matter is the kind of compelling "I must know WTF is going on" book that makes you forget about everything else you had to do that day. You step into this world - this absolute mind fuck of a world that will tug at both your heart strings and your brain cells - and you don't want to come out until you know how i
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this story.
Are we really happy? What if we made different decisions in life?
What if we could live out choices we never made but wished we did?
What if we went left instead of right?
Diagon Alley.
Harry Potter.
The premise was very interesting. The stuff about the box and the multiverse and even the science at times was interesting.
Why couldn't you pull that off, Andy Weir?
The plot is so fast-paced and relentless. Even if you aren't fully invested, you want t
Jennifer Masterson
LOVED IT!!! This book is insanity in a box! 5 stars! Believe the hype! Do not read many reviews! If you like sci fi or want something different and can suspend disbelief read or listen to this book!

This is the audio version review! The audio narrated by actor, Jon Lindstrom, is as good as it gets! He was the perfect narrator for "Dark Matter". This man was born to narrate books! He's that good!

"Dark Matter" starts out pretty simple and then very quickly it turns insane and just keeps getting cra
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best way to sum this up - one of the most unique and original stories I have read in a long time. 75% of this book I cannot give you a similar example of from another story.

I can see why others have said it is tough to review without spoiling. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE IT GETS SPOILED FOR YOU!

It is the perfect balance of suspense, action, sci-fi, romance, and WHAT THE HECK!?!? I was enthralled the entire time and did not want to put it down (but we all have to sleep and work sometime, rig
chai ♡
What, with all due respect, the absolute fuck was this book?

What just happened? What did I just read? How does one even begin to process the sheer mind-fuckery that is this book? What now? Am I supposed to just go to school, go to work, respond to emails, function as a normal member of society as though this book hasn't just completely rearranged the insides of my brain, fucked with my heart, and threw me into an existential crisis? Jesus Christ.

Anyways. This book is great. I mean it does terrib
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This book f*cked me up.
Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

”What if all the pieces of belief and memory that comprise who I am--my profession, Daniela, my son--are nothing but a tragic misfiring in that gray matter between my ears? Will I keep fighting to be the man I think I am? Or will I disown him and everything he loves, and step into the skin of the person this world would like for me to be?

And if I have lost my mind, what then?

What if everything I know is wrong?

No. Stop.

I am not losing my mind.”

There is nothing more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really like the concept and the hectic trippy-ness that unfurls in the second half of the book, which makes the tail wind of the story a fast and fun ride. The main thing hanging me up is Crouch's cheesy writing. The characters are trite and formulaic, and the protagonist's inner monologue constantly emphasizes the life lesson that Crouch wants you to walk away with. He doesn't leave much room for interpretation or nuance because he keeps slapping you in the face about how life is precious and ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Dr. Mr. Crouch,

I was first introduced to your work via my Aunt Janet “The Librarian” years ago; she started me off with your Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series and I knew I’d found a new favorite author. I branched out on my own and decided to try the Wayward Pines series; somehow I ended up liking that even more than the previous. I was on a roll! Months ago, when I first saw your new book listed on NetGalley, it was vague and sneaky, both things I like in a book, but I decided to wait on requ
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This reread on Audio was good! I enjoyed the narrator!

I just read the craziest book and it was so good. I was going along wanting to find out what in the world has happened to Jason! Why has he lost his identity. Who are these people after him! I mean one minute, you have a wife and kid and then you don't. Your in another world .. ish.

AND. THEN. IT. WAS. DOWN. THE. RABBIT. HOLE. Just trying to enjoy this book and they lured me right on down that hole!

So now. What am I going to say in this rev
I’m late to the party on this one, and judging by all the 4 and 5 star reviews I can only assume that the mob will be after me with pitchforks and torches for 3 starring it. Come at me, Goodreads!

Jason Dessen is just an average guy with a wife and son he loves, and a job teaching physics at a small college. One night he goes out to meet a friend for drinks, but he ends up being kidnapped by a mysterious man who somehow rips him out of his life and drops him in the middle of a nightmare.

This is o
Wow. Mind-blown. Amazed. Completely enamored.
This book shook me up, made me think and held my heart captive.


I’m beyond impressed with Blake Crouch’s writing. The philosophical nature of this story and his ability to paint such a vivid world with his words really got to me. It shook me to my core.

“Are you happy in your life?”

I’m the first to admit, science-fiction isn’t my thing. Not my go-to genre or even one I read with any type of consistency. In fact, it was seeing sci-fi in the blurb t
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What on Earth can I say about this book? I don’t even know how to describe it. I’m just going to say it was totally AWESOME!!! It's an incredibly unique page-turner, and I couldn't put it down.

This was my first read by Blake Crouch, and Dark Matter was literally an action packed roller coaster ride! I was thoroughly engaged and engrossed by the story. I went into this book totally blind and had no idea of the plot. Also, there were surprises along the way, the book is unpredictable, and I remain
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This moment slips past unnoticed.
The end of everything I know, everything I love.
If there ever was a science fiction story that could appeal to everyone, this is it.

Jason Dessen was living the normal happy life with his wife and son when one night, a stranger abducts him and knocks him out. When he comes to, everything has changed. How will he survive and get back to the life and the people he loves?

Ok, that's a pretty measly teaser, but it's all I can say without giving anything away.

This b
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
If you liked the film Interstellar, you might like this. I did not like Interstellar.

I found the plot to be intriguing, but not particularly original. It felt like a rehashing of many stories. The themes were pretty much exactly what you'd expect to find in a book about multiple universes: life, love, decisions, fate, acceptance, etc.

And the dialogue was mediocre at best. There were some lines that had me laughing out loud...and they weren't supposed to be funny. "It felt like it was the first
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best science fiction category 2016!

what is this book….???

i suppose it's best described as a sci fi/speculative fiction love story with philosophy sauce all over it.

it's also another one of those reviewing-on-eggshells books, because of all the spoilers that could possibly be spoilt, where we're going to have to dance our way around a bunch of important nouns and verbs.

so, this little puzzle book of genre-blending mastery... i know i wrote "love story"
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Labor Day weekend, it's tradition for me to travel from my home on the island of Nantucket, to the beautiful State of Maine, for a weekend filled with family, friends and fun.

As exciting as this is, getting there can oftentimes be a real bitch.

The journey begins with me sitting in my car on a ferry for 2-hours and 15-minutes. Once on the mainland, then comes the drive.

As many of you know, and may have even experienced, Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends in the Unite
Mark Lawrence
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book, while undoubtedly well written and imaginative, annoyed me on several levels, leading me to not enjoy it nearly as much as I should. It is quite likely not to annoy you in the same way, so don't let me put you off.

The science on display is remarkably similar to that in my own upcoming scifi, though employed to different ends. So expect a small smattering of quantum mechanics.

The book opens with action and drama after a brief scene-setting happy family bit, and even this comes with exp
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
Okay, I'm bumping this up to a 5 stars. Even though it's been a few hours since I finished reading it, I genuinely cannot stop thinking about it. This book was bonkers! SO good! Sci-fi was never a genre I gravitated towards, but now I want to read them all!

This book poses the question of “Are you happy in your life?” after the main character is abducted one night. It's a question the kidnapper poses to him, which leads to them 'swapping lives'. The plot is centred around the initial question pos
Ohhhh boy I am daunted by the idea of writing this review.

As many people know, I do a VERY adorable thing where I read a book and then don’t feel like reviewing it straight away so I put it off for a bit and then suddenly it’s been four months and I don’t remember a godforsaken thing about it and I am a shell of the person I used to be when I read the book and the shell of a person isn’t where the book memories are stored!!

Also part of this adorable review-writing process: starting out infinite
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

To describe this book would be to distract from the elements of surprise, mystery and thrilling confusion found within its pages. Dark Matter is best picked up with as little knowledge of the story as possible and its events explored with the same sense of vulnerable astonishment as the protagonist, Jason Dessen.

The pacing and structure of this novel are brilliant. Events unfold in evermore enticing ways
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(4.5) This is the cure to a reading slump!

Sci-fi/Thriller mixed together is one of my favorite combo. I wasn't able to put this book down and kept trying to figure out how it would end... I didn't.

The characters and dialogues could have been better and it overall read like a script for a movie.
I'm generally more of a plot driven reader so it wasn't an issue for me.

Totally recommend!
Kristin (KC)
*4.5 stars!*

Boxes and multiverses and quantum physics, oh my!

This is one thought-provoking, page-turning, blood-pressure-elevating, fast-paced son of a book, and I enjoyed every little action-packed minute of it!

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."—Einstein

I don’t read much science-fiction, and for that reason I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t have to be a scifi veteran in order to get sucked into the brilliance of this one. You don't even have to be that big a fa
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dark Matter is a book that thrills, horrifies and asks deep philosophical questions. It begins with Jason, a physics professor surrounded by his beloved wife, Daniela, and his teenage son, Charlie, cooking supper. He steps out to meet with a long time friend, Ryan, who has been awarded a prestigious prize. On his way home, Jason is abducted, after which life as he knew it shatters.

I found myself seeing the book through the lens of the band, The Talking Heads...their album titles, song titles and
Evgnossia O'Hara
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review was originally published on Through the Chapters|Blog

"We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we're a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

I can securely declare that this book have changed the way I perceive the world and my existence in the universe.

But first things first. Dark Matter portraits an ordinary, middle aged professor, Jason Dessen, having a peaceful evening with his wife and his teenage son. After his decis
Elyse  Walters
I was hooked right away. Exciting -page turner- extremely fast pacing as rumors have spread.

The author has a unique style of writing- very short sentences. "SHOTS OF ADRENALINE"!!!
He also creates clear images from the start -- visuals of family life....[Thurs. night is family night with Jason, Daniela, and their son Charlie].
The dialogue is intimate - but at times the narration felt laborious - however the author draws us in anyway.

I liked this story... It's almost impossible to put it down -
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I read Blake Crouch's Recursion and really enjoyed it so I wanted to read Dark Matter, too. Even though it's been out for a while I was able to read some reviews without getting spoiled so was able to enjoy the book without knowing much about it ahead of time. Now that I've read Dark Matter, I know I'm going to read more of Crouch's books.

College professor, Jason Dessen is living a life he loves, with his artist wife Daniela, and fourteen year old son Charlie. But both Jason and Daniela gave up
Kevin Kuhn
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a thrilling plot that I tore through in three days. I must have had a dozen people tell me it was like my novel, so I had to read it. Well, both novels use the ‘many worlds’ theory as a central plot device and both examine the opportunity to relive parts of your life, and both books take place in Chicago, but that’s really where the similarities end. This book is really a very well done, action thriller, mine is much less action, more drama and philosophy. “Dark Matter” reads almost like ...more
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
This book was just another ordinary thriller for me for the first 100 pages, and I quickly predicted the ending at that moment. Then bolt out of the blue, it took a U-turn and went into some extraordinary unpredictable unchartered territory that I could not predict, and it was absolutely fascinating.

- The story starts with the abduction of Jason Dessen and revolves around the life of Jason, his wife Daniela, and his son Charlie and the unusual obstacles they had to face in their life.

- The
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Blake Crouch is a very tricky guy. *Warning-this is a mostly gif review because I have no clue on how to review it without spoiling.*

You really can't review his books without giving them away. A buddy and I were talking about him last night, it feels like HE isn't even sure where the story is going. But you better hang on because it's always a bumpy ride.
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This one starts out just like a normal book. (I'm not spoiling for this part) Jason Dessen is just an average guy. He is married to his lon
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming 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 T ...more

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