Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
“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.
This book was so addicting that I read most of it in one sitting. We follow a man named Jason Dessen. He is a professor at a local college, where he teaches quantum physics. His life could have taken a very different path than it did 20 years ago. He chose to have a family with the woman he loved, instead of pursuing his career. Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had made a different choice? You should read this book. This book starts out with Jason going to a bar where his old college friend is celebrating winning a prestigious award for his work in science. On his way home from the bar, Jason is followed by a mysterious man who forces him to drive to an abandoned warehouse. Jason is drugged, and when he wakes up, he is in a world that isn’t his own.
In this world, Jason is not married and he doesn’t have a son. He is a brilliant scientist who has instead been awarded for his life’s work. The version of Jason that pursued his career in science was able to figure out how to put an object into superposition, using a box, and he was able to switch places with the original Jason. Original Jason must then find a way to get back to his old life. The box takes Jason into a mysterious corridor with endless possible worlds. It is here that he must find his own world in order to get back to his family. For all the choices Jason makes while trying to get back to his family, there are an endless amount of possible choices he can make.
This book is about choice and identity. I took a philosophy class in my second year of university, and I think this would be an amazing book to read for a philosophy class. This book is about identity and choice. Do the choices we make mean that we are completely different people? I think this would be so interesting to discuss in a philosophy class. Many different philosophers would have a lot to say about how our choices affect our identities.
This book is not one that you read for character development or groundbreaking writing. This is a book that you read because the mystery sucks you in, and you just absolutely need to know what happens. I sat and read over 70% of this book on my Kindle in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. Guys, this book is awesome and addictive. Seriously, just go read it!
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