The Bookworm’s Corner: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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I have been reading YA Contemporary Romance for weeks that I decided to try a different genre. I was actually in a bookstore when this book caught my eye. I was never a fan of mystery/thriller books but Dark Matter’s synopsis caught my attention.

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

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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.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of. (Goodreads)

Warning: Spoilers ahead. See? Who wouldn’t want to read about Jason, who has the chance to experience what will happen to his life if he makes different decisions in life. Not that he has any other choice but he had to go to different “worlds” just to find his real home. That first shocking moment: when I knew that he was abducted by another Jason, one who lived in a different world made me want to not stop reading. When Jason first went inside the box, it also made me think how he would be able to navigate it and get out. I was frustrated when he tried a hundred times to find “his Chicago” but failed but I knew that he would find it. And when he did, and another revelation – that the other Jasons were all in “his Chicago” fighting to be with his wife and son, I was out of my mind. I mean, how does he get away from all his contenders? However, his love for his family won and they were able to escape.

Bookworms have been raving about this book and it lived up to my expectations. Reading Dark Matter is like watching a past-faced, gripping movie where there is romance, mystery and action. I’m also really satisfied with the ending because I for one always want happy-ever-after on the stories that I am reading.

Rating: 4 STARS

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