I’ve had this book for a while, and I recently saw people discussing it, which reminded me I needed to read it. I’m not a fan of comparing an author’s work to their other works unless it’s a series. But perhaps because I read Recursion before this one, I didn’t feel the passion reading this that I did with Recursion. So many people love Dark Matter, and they can’t be wrong. That’s not to say I didn’t like it because I enjoyed it immensely.
A lot of theoretical physics align with my personal beliefs, so this book felt a lot like coming home. But in Crouch’s manner, he takes those comfy feelings of home and makes it absolutely terrifying to read. I enjoy Crouch’s unique way of writing, it’s incredibly impactful, but I understand why it’s not for everyone. Overall, this is well-written, well-researched, and a book to get lost in.
About the Book:
“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. Hiswife 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.
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.