Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Book Review

Dark Matter

Obtained: Penguin Random House Canada
Pages: 353
Publish date: July 26, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Are you a fan of action sci-fi? Because I most definitely am. And when I saw the title of this book, it drew me in, and then the summary, even more so. When I picked up Dark Matter and started to read, I wasn’t entirely sure what kind of story this would be, but once I started reading, I could not put it down.

Dark Matter sets the stage by showing you the lovely life of Jason. Married to a wonderful woman, teenage son, decent home, and their family dynamic is magically balanced. Wife, Daniela, always wanted to be a painter, and Jason himself was on his way to fame and fortune with his scientific research, but both chose this life over one of financial success. Until this night when we meet Jason – he leaves to grab a drink with a friend and is kidnapped by a man in a mask. “Are you happy?” he asks as he drugs Jason and takes him to a world far, far away from his own.

This book asks a lot of great philosophical questions: What is real? What is imagined? What is identity? What makes you, you? What is right or wrong when all of these other lines start to get blurred and you find yourself living your weirdest nightmares?

I loved this book. It was suspenseful, fast-paced, and had me questioning my existence – everything I truly appreciate when reading a good science fiction novel. It was so tense trying to follow Jason on his journey to figure out what had happened to him, and once we figured it out, it was a roller coaster ride to the finish.

If you’re the kind of person who’s so into Philip K. Dick novels (or the film adaptations), or truly loved the witty narration in The Martian, I think you’ll love this book.

Dark Matter is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.


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