Fiction Friday: “Dark Matter”

Good morning, fiction fiends! This week, in partnership with the Massanutten Regional Library, we're reviewing the book "Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch.

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

He awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

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. The story is 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.

Blake Crouch is a successful author and screenwriter living in Colorado. He has created screenplays adapted from his books for Sony Pictures, TNT and FOX. Crouch has had his short fiction published in several magazines as well, including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library, and Paul Frenkel, for providing an indepth description of Blake Crouch's "Dark Matter".