Dark Matter (Paperback)

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Jason Dessen is a science professor in Chicago with a wife and a child, and he is living what he feels is a good, if not great, life. He gave up a life, in which he might have been one of the greatest living physicists. However, it is a choice he does not regret, as he loves his son that nudged down this path. Others might have regrets about the decision. One night he is kidnapped and drugged--his kidnapper seems familiar (or could that be the drugs?) to him. When he wakes, he finds himself in a lab with people who know him, but the more he finds out, the more he realizes that he is not the Jason they know. This is a fantastic philosophical 'what if' speculative thriller that has crazy unforeseen surprises littered around so that you just might fall into one and be blown away by actions of Jason. 

— Jason Kennedy

Blake Crouch's new novel, Dark Matter, is a complex dark tale of one man's obsessive determination to make it home to his family. Riddled with thought provoking ideas and improbable situations, Crouch takes readers on the ultimate journey of ‘what if?’ This Sci-fi novel heart pounding twists show readers that our choices make us who we are and what were to happen if we tried to live a life not our own. The science of the novel has an incredible quality that leads to situations I could not stop thinking about days after I finished reading.


— Kelli O'Malley

August 2016 Indie Next List

“Dark Matter is equal parts science fiction, thriller, and theoretical self-examination, complete with an overarching love story. Crouch does a fantastic job of keeping readers grounded while traveling through multiple dimensions, and he offers introspection on how each of the life choices a person makes recreates that person in a new and profound way. I tore through this, waiting for --and finding -- a spectacular conclusion. A must-read!”
— Ed White (E), Hudson Booksellers, Newark, NJ


A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

"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.

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.

About the Author

Blake Crouch is best known for the Wayward Pines trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies and was adapted into a prime-time event series on FOX. He lives in Colorado.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101904244
ISBN-10: 1101904240
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English