Dark Matter

This book by Blake Crouch is a combination of literary fiction and science fiction. It is about Jason Dessen, a physics professor at a small university. The novel opens with him and his family enjoying a family dinner. Jason and his wife, Daniella, reflect on how neither one of them had the professional success that they wanted. But they both agree that they are happy and satisfied with their lives.

On that night, Jason is kidnapped by a stranger and wakes up in an unfamiliar place. He doesn’t recognize anyone, but they all call him by name and respect him. He tries to navigate his disorientation and figure out how to get back to his wife and family.

This book is classified as a science fiction because it deals with quantum mechanics. But it also has elements of a typical thriller and is clear in its themes. This novel is about family and what is more important in life- success in work or with raising a loving family. Crouch is unambiguous in his opinion on which of these are paramount for a happy life.

I really liked this novel. It was an easy read that wasn’t too bogged down with the science. It also didn’t feel too pedantic in its themes and how Crouch addressed them. I would read other books he has published, like his Wayward Pines series.

3/5

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