Dark Matter

Dark Matter

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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101904237
1101904232
Branch Call Number: PS3603.R68
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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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.


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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.

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BigLIB
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!

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Starpoem
Oct 21, 2017

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

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ryner
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.

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maybaby
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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KatG613
Jul 26, 2017

Dark Matter is a fast paced thriller, entertaining until the very last page. I honestly could not put it down. It was clearly written with a movie adaptation in mind (I'm already picturing Matt Damon, or Mark Ruffalo as the lead), but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. If you enjoy movies like Inception, or Memento - Dark Matter is for you!

AL_ALICIA Jul 18, 2017

This book was a thrilling adventure that had me turning the page to figure out what happens next while also forcing me to contemplate how much our choices define our reality. A great read for lovers of science fiction and general fiction alike.

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llwboston
Jul 16, 2017

A very clever premise: a rather ordinary man has his life and world stolen from him, and to get them back has to out-think different versions of himself again, and again and again. Mostly entertaining and fast paced with some slow parts - scenes in the time tunnel became repetitive. And a big disappointment in that Amanda, one of the most interesting characters, gets dropped from the story. By the ending I was also bored with the main character, though the end of his story felt right. My guess is that the movie adaptation will actually improve on the book.

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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.

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professorxfm
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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KaseyNB
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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