by Blake Crouch
Published July 26th 2016 by Crown
Synopsis: “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.
From the author of the bestselling 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 science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
My Review: I do not read Science Fiction very often, and when I began this book I didn’t realize it was Science Fiction, but I did enjoy the book for the most part.
Jason Dessen is a physics professor at a small college. He is married to a beautiful woman Daniela (Dani) and has a teenage son, Charle. One night, on the way home from a celebration with a friend at the local bar, Jason is abducted. He is forced into a SUV at gunpoint, Jason is and told to drive to an old, abandoned powerplant. After being told to strip, he is forced to the basement of the building where he is given different clothes to put on followed by an injection. When he wakes up, he is no longer in the powerplant. He is no longer in his own world, he is in a secret scientific laboratory where he is not married, does not have a child and apparently invented a box, that enables you to visit alternative worlds. You do not go forward or backward in time, just to another alternate world of the same place where you entered the box. In the alternate world he is in, Jason didn’t marry Daniela, but stayed in academia and perfected his thesis until it became possible. He wants to return home to Daniela and Charlie but there is a problem. This infinite universe is filled with forks in the road with each fork leading to a different life for Jason Dessen. With a limitless number of paths, how does Jason find the path to lead him back home?
I got sucked into this story right from the start. I wanted to know what was going to happen and how would Jason get back home. The multiple lives he visited were amazing, some sad, some scary and some boring. Towards the end it went a little off the rails, but it is Science Fiction. It makes you think about your own life and what it would be like if you had made different choices along the way. As I said in the beginning, I am not a Sci-Fi reader so that is why I gave it 4 stars, but I am sure if that is your genre or choice, you would have given it 5 stars.