Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Genre: Science Fiction Thriller
This book is weird. In trying to explain it to my husband, I had trouble really even pinpointing a good description, especially without too many spoilers. It’s basically a sci-fi thriller revolving around the concept of the multiverse and dark matter: what if every possible outcome happened, just in a different facet of time?
Dark Matter is a well-written thriller, but its setting and some of the details are what really got me. I’m not sure I can say I loved this book or really, that I liked it, even. Many times I found myself stopping and thinking, “wait, what?” This got worse as time went on, but even when I felt like I was pulled out of the story because of something crazy, it still made sense for the world Blake Crouch created. It was weird, but done very well. It’s hard to pull off this kind of concept and I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I admire Crouch’s ability both to imagine it and to write it well.
I’m trying not to include any spoilers because spoilers will really ruin some of the suspense and excitement, especially in a book like this. So, what can I really say? It’s a thriller in which a man is stolen away from his family and his life, and he fights like hell to get back to them. That’s the best description I can give without spoilers. There’s a weird sci-fi element to the story (or, at least, weird to me — I’m not a big reader of sci-fi) and the idea of the multiverse plays a big role.
So, who should read this book? Well, that’s a tough one. If you like thrillers and don’t mind some sci-fi, this is a great book for you. Even if you don’t love sci-fi, you might love this book — I’ve read a ton of glowing reviews from people who don’t normally touch this genre. It’s super quick (or it was for me, anyway — I finished in just a few hours) and really interesting. I liked the suspense and wasn’t sure how it would end. The ending was somewhat satisfying for me, and I didn’t guess at the outcome.
I decided to give this book four stars. I’m really still not sure how I feel about it in many ways, but I think it was done really well and is one of those books that will stick with me, even after I move on to the next one.