“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.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Publication Date: July 26, 2016 by Crown
Nothing exists. All is a dream. God-man-the world-the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars-a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space- and you... And you are not you-you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought. Mark Twain
Science fiction for the win!
It’s extremely hard to review this book without giving everything away, but I feel like the above quote does a good job of giving an overview of the story. Still confused? Perhaps that’s the point!
All I can say is that I LOVED this book – I actually read it in one sitting. The writing style is so smooth and easy to immediately delve into that any of the existential and/or physics-related discussions/rants/explanations are much easier to follow. What perhaps I would have found to be a bit out of my realm in other settings (I took a philosophy class way back in college and all I’ll say is that Kant and I are not friends), felt perfectly at home within this novel’s plot.
And what a plot it is! Am I being too vague? That’s because there’s no way to discuss the details of Dark Matter without destroying it for those who haven’t read it yet. I’ll finish by sharing that while the twist at the end may seem a little bit “out there” it was also unique and in a world where there never seems to be an end to what can be turned into a remake, I’ll always prefer the absurd over the predictable.