Published by Crown/Archetype on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, General, Thrillers, Suspense, Technological
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Crown Publishing Group
A brilliantly plotted, relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy
"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.
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.
I was riveted and horrified reading DARK MATTER. Not because it is a gruesome or anything, but because it challenges everything I think I know to be real. The story was mind-blowing and emotional. I have never imagined science fiction like this. This is something very new, and very intriguing.
Jason is a regular guy. He teaches at the local college and loves his wife and son. On his way home from a bar he gets kidnapped, drugged, and sent somewhere else. Everyone there knows him, but it is isn’t his reality. Everything he thinks he knows is about to change.
That is all the synopsis I can give you. I went into this story blind knowing it was some sort of sci-fi/thriller, you should as well. Do not let anyone spoil this story for you. If you enjoy a suspenseful thriller, you will enjoy the trip the author takes you on. Jason discovers things in layers, and the author carefully unwraps those layers until we are so far from where we started. It is mind blowing.
This story exploits some imaginative science in order to work. Don’t worry if you don’t understand, I didn’t really either. I didn’t stress as the author allowed Jason to be told what was happening. I only grasped a little of what “the box” was capable of and it was enough to carry me through the book. The funny thing about this far out science is that it relies on a concept I am familiar with. It was terrifying to see it played out this way. The basic premise of DARK MATTER explores the road not taken. What if you made different choices in your life? What if other worlds exist where you made different choices and had to face those realities? This book had me thinking about my own life and where different choices might have lead me.
I really enjoyed the protagonist Jason. He is an unreliable witness to his own life and an unpredictable character. He is so determined and fueled by love. I could totally feel the helplessness and hope as he tried to pull off the almost impossible. He may have taken his life for granted and he pays so dearly for that. The object of his affection is well pined for. I felt like I even missed her in the reading of this story. I couldn’t help but to reach out for my own loved ones after reading this and really think about how much I appreciate them.
The action in this story is almost non-stop as we start off on the day Jason is kidnapped. We go along with Jason on this crazy roller coaster. There were no dull bits in this book. There was no safe stopping point. I read this book at light speed and I am almost jealous of those of you that get to enjoy it all for the first time.
I hope I haven’t said too much in this review. Hopefully, it has peaked your interest a little. I want everyone to read this so we can all talk about it. This author is brilliant, I need to read everything else he has written.