Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


“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.

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.



Dark Matter was an exciting, incredibly fast-paced science fiction book. I read it in a day and had a hard time taking a break from reading. Dark Matter is one of those stories that keeps you so enthralled that you seriously cannot do anything else until you have answers.

The story opens with Jason Dessen, a physics professor at a small college and it is mentioned that he is working far below his intellectual potential. He paused his career when his soon-to-be wife Daniela got pregnant with their son, Charlie. Despite not being a famous physicist, Jason loves his wife and family. On his way home from being out with a friend, Jason is kidnapped by a man in a mask. When he wakes up, he is in an unfamiliar world where his wife is not his wife, and Jason himself is not the man he thought he was.

Are you intrigued? You should be! This book was full of twists and turns until the end. The science was also explained very nicely. It definitely wasn’t an info dump but there was enough of an explanation for me to clearly understand what was going on. Dark Matter also explored some interesting concepts in life and the decisions we make that make us who we are. Are we always the person we are meant to be? How much does life and the experiences we have shape us? Going through this story with Jason definitely made me think about these concepts!

A few critiques I had while reading is that I never grew too terribly attached to the characters. I enjoyed following Jason but I had a hard time feeling the same sense of urgency to get back to his family. None of the characters, other than Jason, had much depth, although this seems to be the case in most fast-paced psychological thriller/mystery-type books. I also pretty much guessed what was going on from the moment Jason was kidnapped, so I was slightly disappointed and hoped that something more would happen..and it did! The ending definitely redeemed itself and I was very happy with the way everything played out. 

You would like this book if you enjoy a fast-paced, mind twisting science fiction book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am planning on picking up the Wayward Pines series soon 🙂




18 thoughts on “Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch”

  1. Unfortunately authors nowadays seem to struggle with that balance between character development and plot development. They choose one and neglect the other. What a shame!
    This book seems to work very well regardless but I feel your disappointment.
    Great review! It definitely got me intrigued to read this 🙂

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  2. AHH!! I picked this book up a few months ago after hearing one of my fave booktubers (Peruseproject) rave about it and I’ve been meaning to read it for so long. I think I will definitely get to it soon, I’m so excited!!

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