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 k ...more
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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 it ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It's terrifying when you consider that every thought we have, every choice we could possibly make, creates a new world.
Dark Matter, to be blunt, is miles and miles away from the line that marks my ‘‘comfort zone.’’ I never, or very, very seldom, read books such as this one.
But the truth is, I never read a book like Dark Matter before.
It’s a love story, it’s a thriller, it’s a science fiction book.
It’s thought-provoking, gripping, action-filled.
It makes you think about life and family and what ...more
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" ...more
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 review that won't give anything away. I mean this is a boo ...more
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?
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 ...more
”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?
I am not losing my mind.”
There is nothing more ...more
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 ...more
I found myself seeing the book through the lens of the band, The Talking Heads...their album titles, song titles and ...more
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 tha ...more
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.
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 long t ...more
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!!!
This is 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 that weren't predictable and I remained ...more
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 ...more
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 - ...more
(My last review of 2016 and I’m really glad it’s this book that I chose. Thank you very much to one of my GR best friend Mary for recommending this book to me.)
“Are you happy with your life?”
Single question that you’ve probably wondered or been asked several times throughout your life. How far will you go to save the one you love? Do you ever have any regrets in your life and wondered what would happen if you didn’t make that mistake?
Obviously we all have regrets, we lose someone, w ...more
The pacing and structure of this novel are brilliant. Events unfold in evermore enticing ways, and Crouch masterfully concludes each chapter in such a way that there's an urgent need to ...more
As I mentioned in the past, I tend to resist books with any amount of hype attached. I even passed on this when it initially came up on Netgalley. However, the gang at Goodreads made me change my mind. So, yeah, the gang was right. Every once in a while, a book feels like it was written with my admit ...more
GEESH.....try to put this one down.....If you're a fan of sci-fi, you're going to love this, and if you're not, you just may become one. Enjoy a trip to Chicago, attend a Cub's game at Wrigley and ride the Ferris wheel, but be wary for life can change on a dime.
Jason Dessen is a genius, an Atomic Physicist and Professor at a small college. He has a loving wife, a bright teenage son, and everything is right as rain, but li...more
FLOAT FOR RELEASE DATE (7/26) AND BECAUSE MITCHELL SAID HE'D CUT THIS BITCH IF I DIDN'T. (But seriously, Crouch is good. I want him to have my babies.)
Much like Wayward Pines, Crouch’s latest book is one where the less you know the better so now I don't know what the hell to say. On the surface, this is a sci-fi thriller which is generally not my bag. Buuuuuuuut since it was a Crouch story I rolled the dice. My reaction? ...more
Imagine you had a life you loved: a husband/wife, a son, a lifetime of memories. Then imagine waking up one day and your family is GONE. Not dead, not taken, but gone — like they never existed. That's what happened to this hero. And this is his story of doing everything in his power to get back to the woman he LOVES more than anythin ...more
How does anyone know that a happy, peaceful life changes when it’s lea ...more
I needed to catch my breath before I wrote this review. Holy hell, what a ride this book took me on!
One night Jason Dessen is cooking dinner in Chicago home with his wife, Daniela, and their teenage son, Charlie. Jason and Daniela share news about old friends who have achieved noteworthy success recently, and think wistfully about how their lives might have been different if they had pursued their own caree ...more
Imagine, once again, a single decision that veers you off the beaten track into.......
Jason Dessen chops onions like a skillful Samurai warrior in a gruesome battle. A little beneath his calling as a college physics professor. But Jason is also husband to Daniela, an artist, and father to Charlie, his ...more
OK, this is a book I am NOT going to read, right? Just look at that title—Dark Matter. Matter is, well, matter. The stuff that stuff is made of. Boring. This book is labeled as science fiction. No, I do not and will not do science fiction. And the real kicker is all the reviewers talking about how the quantum physics was not something they knew much about. Having gone through P ...more
“If there are infinite worlds, how do I find the one that is uniquely, specifically mine?”
➦Okay, so I thought this book would be a good book to read while on a roadtrip with my hubby. Because, you know... It's not really romance. It's a pretty awesome sci-fi/mystery/thriller.
➦But once he heard that I wanted to listen to a book TOGETHER, he had a "better" idea. So I ended up listening to this for hours and hours:
➦But since I already had the book, I thought what the heck - I'll read it. And ...more
Like Crouch’s 2012 mega hit Pines, it’s hard to say much without fatal spoilers, but trust me and 90% of the readers who’ve read and enjoyed this – it’s a wild ride.
Scientist and professor Jason Dessen is abducted in a back alley in Chicago and his life is changed irrevocably. Crouch explores the concepts of the multiverse and also about identity, relationships, and existentialism.
I read a Heinlein short story years ago (and have forgotten the title) where peo ...more
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