Dark Matter review – Blake Crouch

THIS was pretty damn amazing. Again, the fact that it took me forever to finish it does not reflect the content. I just happen to be a busy person who needs to steal moments here and there to finish anything.

Maybe some slight spoilers ahead…

I’m having difficulties labeling this as straight sci-fi or a love story.

Jason is a professor who gets kidnapped and knocked out. When he comes to, he’s still Jason, but a different version of himself. He then travels the multi-verse attempting to get back home, to his family, his original version of life.

In his different lives, he finds some version of his wife and his college friend. But it’s never quite his wife. During the first part of his journey, he’s accompanied by a woman named Amanda. Honestly, when they make the movie (which they still better be making), I can absolutely see her character getting cut as she adds no real value to the plot. There are two things she helped Jason with but I could see Jason doing/realizing these things on his own.

The pacing of the book is quick, I felt like I was racing right along from life to life with Jason as well as page to page. The characters are real. You want Jason to find his real life, his timeline. There is a plot twist that although while I didn’t see coming, didn’t actually feel like a plot twist. It probably won’t feel like one if you’ve seen any type of time traveling movies. After the twist was revealed, I actually felt some sympathy for the “new” characters.

Is there a happy ending? It’s an ambiguous ending for sure.

It’s mos def worth the time and emotion you’ll spend. Buy it! Borrow it from the library or a friend! I’m crossing my fingers for a movie adaptation.