'Are you happy in your life?'
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he'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.
From the author of the best-selling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human - a relentlessly surprising thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.
©2016 Blake Crouch (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Old timer IT guy, researcher.
The main character is a genius who can't identify a plot point that everyone who has an interest in physics, let alone: superposition, would instantly recognise. I rank this 1.2 on the Peter Clines Can't Write Genius scale.
I am much more weary of works by Blake Crouch.
Lindstrom's performance is excellent.
I would have Crouch rewrite everything starting with Jason understanding the situation as soon as he pulled on the clothes. J-2 would grab the family and head to an alternate universe. There would be multiple J-2s trying to do the same thing including versions that want to help Jason.Crouch needs a tougher and smarter editor.
"WOW - This was a weird one"
It's more than three words I know but - Initially confusing but quickly mesmerising to listen to as you start to understand the plot
I cannot think of any other book that is anything like this one. A combination of thriller, adventure and sci-fi with a spot of romance thrown in for good measure.
I enjoyed listening to Jon's voice and I am pleased to say his "female" voices didn't grate on me as much as they usually do when read my a man. I have to say he really "became" the main character in my head as he was talking which I always take as a good thing - that point where you forget there is actually a narrator there and simply get caught up in the story.
There were several places that really did make you feel for the main character who is excellently written and you come to believe you really know the man.
At several points I really felt that perhaps this novel wouldn't have a happy ending and I was surprised how much I wanted the main character to triumph in the end as I tend to enjoy stories with less conventional endings.
I'm not sure quite how to describe this book as the slightly sci-fi premise involved is a little complicated to start with and in the first few chapters the reader is really wondering what is going on as much as the main character is (in a good way, I might add)
If you enjoy a novel where you have to think then this one is likely to be for you, if you want an easy listen - maybe not.
That said it takes the reader through a distinct journey with the main character and in many places I really felt I was there with him. There are places I certainly wouldn't have been able to press the pause switch for sure.
Definitely worth taking a chance on if you are not familiar with this author as I wasn't at the time I bought it.
"second half of book is good"
the first half of the book is predictable and a bit boring but the second half is exciting and interesting.
"Takes an idea, and doesn't stop developing it"
This was a great listen. It is a thriller that keeps going because the author cleverly let's the original conceit keep driving the story. Thus instead of a conventional thriller that just uses a sci fi idea for the setup and then becomes ordinary; it stays interesting because if that idea.
"Just do it"
Yes, I would. It was a great story and very well read by Jon Lindstrom
The part where he meets another version of himself for the first time. He's naked, dirty, then stops and screams in his face. Really creepy!
It's almost what Inception (movie) should have been. I absolutely loved this.
"A gripping story"
A rare ' couldn't put the book down '. Will recommend it to all those I know.
"brilliant, original, amazing"
loved it. well read, great character building, great story, exciting, edge of seat, emotional. up there with my best reads.
Fast paced, excellent listen, and superb story. A lead character that you care about and a fantastic glimpse into the multiverse
Gripping from the start. Certainly makes you think about your life choices. A purely brilliant book.
"Very good concept - well read"
Interest thriller about how multiple universes connect and the interaction between them. The main character sometimes seems to be a bit dim for an award winning physicist, I think that shows how involved you get in the story though.
All in all a cracking listen and good story to boot!
"Best download of 2016"
Gripping, ingenious, entertaining.
The disorientation of the main character when transported to an alternate world was handled brilliantly.
Great performance. had to be as the book is written from a first person point of view. Ably mimicked the other characters well enough to get a sense of their personalities as written.
Absolutely. Couldn't get enough.
Wonderfully entertaining listen that sets the imagination on fire with the possibilities of alternate universe’s and the path one’s life could take if different decisions are made. Highly recommended.
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