Dark Matter - Blake Crouch

Dark Matter

By Blake Crouch

  • Release Date: 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 861 Ratings


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.


  • Unreal

    By D team
    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.
  • Great book

    By smr2226
    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!
  • A good book takes you out of yourself a great book takes you in.

    By Drpkp
    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.
  • What any great sci-fi ought to be

    By Dugstep89
    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.
  • Loved it!

    By Deej1367
    Couldn't put it down
  • Got too weird in the end

    By Joel Goobich
    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.
  • Meh

    By Enio108
    I regret spending money on this book.
  • Great

    By Kmac daddy
    I loved it. Even all the twists.
  • Edge of your seat good!

    By Kickittoday
    Couldn't put it down. Suspenseful until the very last page!!
  • Intense and Unexpected

    By User072119
    Dark Matter is an intense unexpected thriller that will leave you thinking "what if?" about the impacts of your decisions. Blake Crouch's prose tells Jason's story in a beautiful and riveting manner. This was my first experience with any of Crouch's work, even though I already have the Wayward Pine's books on my Kindle. I just haven't gotten around to reading them yet thanks to my never ending TBR list. After Dark Matter I will be moving those up my list.