Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Monday, January 2, 2017


4.5 out of 5 stars

HOLY CRAP! WHAT A RIDE! I've read various tellings of cross-dimensional and time travel, but none as elaborate and mind-boggling as this. I read the entirety of Dark Matter in a span of a few hours, collectively. Let me tell you: IT WAS EPIC! 

Dr. Jimes Tooper has the right idea. Dark Matter captivates you from the moment you start reading to the end. The author of the novel, Blake Crouch, has a way (at least in this book) of keeping you engaged even if there isn't anything significant going on in a given passage, he makes sure to keep you on the edge of your seat all the same.

As the synopsis states, the story follows Jason Dessen, a physicist who chose to live a mediocre life instead of living one as potentially renowned physicist to raise his son Charlie and spend time with family. Consequently, he teaches undergraduate physics at a second-rate local college and doesn't have time to conduct exciting research on the superposition of objects. His college friend Ryan Holder on the other hand, is free of familial commitment and thus has plenty of time to conduct his own research in neuroscience and has, in fact, own a Pavia - a prestigious award given to patrons of science who make significant contributions to their field.

One night, as Jason is returning home after having congratulated Ryan on his award, he is abducted by a man in a geisha mask. The next thing he knows, Jason wakes up in a strange facility with people around him that make claims about his own life that he knows to be false and impossible. 
One of the things that bothered me all throughout the story was the writing. Oh boy. You see, Mr. Crouch has a thing for writing fragments. In other words, he doesn't always write in full sentences and that infuriated me. Apparently, this isn't the first time:

Anyway, the story line compensated for the questionable writing style. VERY MUCH SO. (see what I did there? hypocrisy!)  

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