Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Book - 2016
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One night after an evening out, Jason Dessen, forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago, is kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug. As he wakes, a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend." But this life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife; his son was never born; and he's not an ordinary college professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something impossible. Is it this world or the other that's the dream? How can he possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined--one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. -- adapted from Fantastic Fiction website.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410491459
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Cro
Characteristics: large print
517 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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DBRL_DanaS Dec 04, 2017

Fast-paced and suspenseful, this novel is page-turner from the get-go. While categorized in the sci-fi genre, it invokes universal questions regarding the choices you make, the paths-not-traveled, and what you would endure for those you love.

Dec 02, 2017

Great Sci-fi book. I want to read more from this author.

The beginning is a little slow. But once it takes off, it is truly page turning. I was sucked into the story, and my motion goes up and down with the main character. The best thing is that the theory behind the sci-fi is so realistic. The different worlds when travelling in parallel worlds are interesting and intriguing. Even how at the end there is this fight among yourselves...

Dec 01, 2017

I am not disappointed by the author as much as I am by the community that thought so highly of this book. I took this book without reading the premise, yet I was able to predict the book the moment I read the TS Eliot quote at the front of the novel.
So glad it was rented. Bad writing, predictable story, and the main character was not believable as a scientist.

BostonPL_LauraB Nov 09, 2017

I really liked this one. A completely new premise (to me) and it was action-packed and nerve-wracking and just really well done.

Oct 23, 2017

Now this was great! I like a book that just "starts", and doesn't drown you in backstory which can at times become confusing, and boring. Portions of backstory and details are revealed as the story progresses.

Much of the plot and concept will be familiar to sci fi fans, but the execution, and perspective of the main character really bring a great take! T he story is a bit of a mash up of one of my favorite "shocking" games from 2012, and one of my favorite novels turned "hit" movie in 1999.

I really liked the ending, as it provided some closure, but left you thinking.

Highly suggested!

Oct 21, 2017

This was a quick read. It reminded me a bit of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Parallels."

Sep 25, 2017

Walking home to meet his family for dinner, Jason Dessen is kidnapped, pushed into a vehicle and forced to drive to a remote, abandoned power plant in a forgotten industrial neighborhood of Chicago. There, his abductor has him change clothes and injects him with a clear liquid, upon which everything goes dark. He awakens in a seemingly different reality, one in which he has never been married. Though in this world he is the superstar he always knew he had the potential to be in his scientific field, Jason is desperate to return to his family.

It had been a while since I'd read a thriller, and this was a wild, fun, thought-provoking ride. Recommended!

LPL_EliH Sep 15, 2017

More Crichton than Arthur C Clarke, it leans on the thriller pacing, letting the lofty quantum concepts play second fiddle. This is probably for the best, though, and I was surprised by how effective and enjoyable the story became with its solid action sequences and interspersed "wow" moments.

Sep 11, 2017

Good read. Fast read. Enough twists to keep you engaged. The author actually did his homework regarding the science involved in the story and made it understandable for the average reader.

AL_ALISON Aug 13, 2017

An exciting read that takes a the theoretical science principle of Schrodinger's cat and turns it into a thriller. Jason Dessin is ripped from his life and plopped into the middle of a different version of Jason Dessin's life. He has to travel the multi-verse to get back to his family and kids and bring justice to the version of Jason that had set all this in motion. A lot of fun, that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

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Mar 21, 2017

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Aug 22, 2016

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SPL_Brittany Oct 17, 2016

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before his abductor knocks him unconscious, before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits, where 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?

Blake Crouch writes a gripping science fiction thriller that will hook you from the very beginning, and will have you reading late into the night. A thought-provoking read full of twists and turns, that takes you down the scientific rabbit hole, delving into questions of our own existence and the consequences our life decisions. This novel will delight those who enjoy Orphan Black, the Matrix and Inception.

Aug 22, 2016

College professor bored with his life, due to the routines, finds himself being kidnapped on the way home one night, after running an errand. After meeting his alternate reality and realizing his other "self" has switched places, he desperately tries to get back to the life he knows and realizes he "loves" in all its imperfections.


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Apr 13, 2017

“We're more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”


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