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Into the Abyss of Alternate Realities: A Searing Experience with “Dark Matter”

book review

Step into the multiverse with Blake Crouch’s sci-fi thriller, Dark Matter. Packed with mind-bending scientific concepts, this engaging novel takes readers on an existential journey through alternative realities.


Jason Dessen is a content family man and a minor-league physics professor, who once had a promising research career. Suddenly, his life is overturned when a masked stranger abducts him. Upon waking up in a lab, he’s hailed as a genius who has achieved an impossible feat. However, his wife doesn’t recognize him, and his son never existed. Thrown into a swirling abyss of alternate realities, Jason must untangle the mystery of his new existence and somehow find his way back to his family.

Notable Quotes:

“‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.'”

“‘Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse?’”

My Review

A cocktail of science and suspense, Dark Matter is a compelling piece of speculative fiction that takes the possibility of multiple realities to chilling new places. As Jason grapples with versions of his life that could have been, readers, too, will reflect on the diverging paths their own lives could have taken.

Crouch creates an intricate narrative filled with hairpin twists and page-turning suspense. The novel is relentless in its pacing, a bullet-train that carries readers through its myriad labyrinths of scientific extrapolation. It is a labyrinth that readers will willingly lose themselves in, thanks to the well-drawn characters and Crouch’s compelling writing voice.

Dark Matter is a potent mix of thriller and science fiction that keeps readers hooked to the very last page. The book exemplifies the possibilities of its genre, infusing heavy-hitting science theory with humanity, emotion, and outright terror.


5/5 stars

Author Bio

Blake Crouch is an internationally bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His proficiencies range from bone-chilling thrillers to suspenseful mysteries. With Dark Matter, Crouch has once again proven his flair for bending genres and creating visceral reading experiences.

FAQs or Book Club Questions

  1. How does Jason’s journey explore the concept of identity?
  2. Discuss the role of choice and consequence within the novel.
  3. How did the pacing and narrative structure affect your reading experience?

Where to Buy

Slide down the rabbit hole of the multiverse with Dark Matter – available here on Amazon.

Closing Note

Dark Matter is a wild-ride exploration into the science of hypotheticals and the intricate maze of human emotions and choices. It is a novel that demands to be devoured whole, ready to leave you bewildered, reflective, and craving for more. A staggering venture into the inky abyss of possibilities, cementing Crouch’s standing alongside the pioneers of contemporary science-fiction. Don’t blink; you might miss a reality shift.

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