Dark Matter

A mindbending, relentlessly surprising 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.

Dark Matter - Blake Crouch Summary

Dark matter is a form of matter thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe and about a quarter of its total energy density. The majority of dark matter is thought to be non-baryonic in nature, possibly being composed of some as-yet undiscovered subatomic particles. Its presence is implied in a variety of astrophysical observations, including gravitational effects which cannot be explained by accepted theories of gravity unless more matter is present than can be seen. For this reason, most experts think dark matter to be abundant in the universe and to have had a strong influence on its structure and evolution. Dark matter is called dark because it does not appear to interact with observable electromagnetic radiation, such as light, and is thus invisible to the entire electromagnetic spectrum, making it extremely difficult to detect using existing astronomical instruments. Primary evidence for dark matter comes from calculations showing many galaxies would fly apart instead of rotating, or would not have formed or move as they do, if they did not contain a large amount of unseen matter. Other lines of evidence include observations in gravitational lensing, from the cosmic microwave background, also astronomical observations of the observable universe's current structure, the formation and evolution of galaxies, mass location during galactic collisions, and the motion of galaxies within galaxy clusters. In the standard Lambda-CDM model of cosmology, the total mass–energy of the universe contains 5% ordinary matter and energy, 27% dark matter and 68% of an unknown form of energy known as dark energy. Thus, dark matter constitutes 85% of total mass, while dark energy plus dark matter constitute 95% of total mass–energy content.Because dark matter has not yet been observed directly, if it exists, it must barely interact with ordinary baryonic matter and radiation, except through gravity. The primary candidate for dark matter is some new kind of elementary particle that has not yet been discovered, in particular, weakly-interacting massive particles (WIMPs). Many experiments to directly detect and study dark matter particles are being actively undertaken, but none have yet succeeded. Dark matter is classified as “cold”, “warm”, or “hot” according to its velocity (more precisely, its free streaming length). Current models favor a cold dark matter scenario, in which structures emerge by gradual accumulation of particles. Although the existence of dark matter is generally accepted by the scientific community, some astrophysicists, intrigued by certain observations which do not fit the dark matter theory, argue for various modifications of the standard laws of general relativity, such as modified Newtonian dynamics, tensor–vector–scalar gravity, or entropic gravity. These models attempt to account for all observations without invoking supplemental non-baryonic matter...

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Dark Matter - Blake Crouch Book Reviews (1,132)

Peter 14

Intriguing5 star

Amazing story. What an imagination! 55


Amazing!5 star

Couldn’t stop reading! Get it now. Can’t wait for this to be a movie. 55


Highly Recommend5 star

What a fantastic novel. Perfect pace, never a dull moment. I do not read fast but I read this novel the quickest I have ever read a novel. I could not stop reading. Very unique too. 55


Incredible, must read.5 star

One of the most exciting books I’ve ever written. Tons of suspense that keeps you reading front to back. Must read 55

D team

Unreal5 star

This is one helluva read. My mind feels like scrambled eggs but in a good way. I could not put this book down and inhaled the whole thing in 3 nights, which is not normal for me. If you like smart sci fi, the kind that really makes you use your brain, this is an absolute must! Kudos to Crouch. 55


Great book5 star

Blake Crouch has become one of my all time favorite authors. I have loved many of his books and Dark Matter is no exception. Highly recommended! 55


A good book takes you out of yourself a great book takes you in.5 star

A good book takes you out of yourself - A great book takes you into aspects of yourself and synthesizes experience shuffling The Who you are into a deeper incarnation. Bravo to the illumination in and of and continuing to shine from Dark Matter .This is a wonderfully terrifying ride into self exploration landing in a land of enhanced understanding of the present and the comfort of self acceptance on the precipice of hope for the future. Thank you. 55


What any great sci-fi ought to be4 star

Pay no mind to anyone that says it needs more science. It establishes the theoretical sci-fi premise early on in the story, then it leaves the science alone. The story is not about science. As any great sci-fi, it is about humanity and human relationships. It teaches us things about ourselves and our existence by providing a lens for reflection. What we do with that lens is up to us. Crouch provided the lens, and I provided the introspection to my own enjoyment. Not to mention it's a light read. It moves at a breezy pace. It's easy to accept the wildly fictional premise with all its little plot holes and enjoy the ride. 45


Loved it!5 star

Couldn't put it down 55

Joel Goobich

Got too weird in the end3 star

For 3/4 of the book I was engrossed. But like so many thriller style books, the author lost steam and it felt like the ending was being forced. It almost seemed like he was writing the ending with the 'movie' rights in mind. 35


Spectacular book5 star

This book is a must read for anyone. There is literally never a dull moment. It has you on the edge of your chair all the way to the very last words of the book. It definitely deserves 5 stars 🙌🏽 55


Great quick read5 star

Good summer read. Some nice plot twists. Overall, very emjoyable 55


Dark Matter5 star

This was a great book!!! It was a easy read. So many sci-fi books are too out there for me so I was leery. But it was fast paced and I couldn't put it down. I loved it!!!! 55


Dark Matter5 star

Excellent book! 55

Elisa Anthony

Dark matters5 star

Really interesting love it 55

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