Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch,

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'Brilliant. . . I think Blake Crouch just invented something new' - Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series.

From Blake Crouch, the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human - a relentlessly surprising thriller about choices, paths…


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Dark Matter is in the parallel universe group. It’s a fast-moving technothriller that takes you through a man’s discovery of ‘what if’ by jumping through different realities. It’s a page-turner and doesn’t take too much brainpower to process, as some great sci-fi does. It still makes you think, not only about our universe, but also about what happiness means. 

From Gabriella's list on set in multiple dimensions.

Dark Matter is another favorite of mine that mixes a thriller with science fiction and the result is a reader who can’t turn the pages fast enough. Blake comes from a thriller background so he uses pace and action so well in this book and the mix of sci-fi is just enough to make you believe but not so much that it’s like reading a text book. That touch of science without being overwhelming influenced my psychological explanations in my second thriller.

I read this in one sitting during my summer vacation last year. Crouch writes for the screen as well as writing for print, and it shows. His pacing is amazing and this book is a real thrill-ride of a science fiction tale set in the multiverse. Unlike a lot of other science fiction, where the multiverse is just a background fact that informs the story, this novel really digs into the theoretical ideas behind it, and then uses that to ramp up the emotional stakes. No spoilers, but the protagonist is a physicist who is drugged, kidnapped, and left in…

From Mark's list on multiverse to blow your mind.

If you have ever thought about “what if?” in terms of your own life decisions then Dark Matter will give you even more questions to ponder. It is the pinnacle of the multiverse and alternate reality fiction. I wanted to read this book and be able to say “ugh, overrated.” But not, it is appropriately rated, it is excellent! 

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