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Dark Matter: A Novel

Dark Matter: A Novel

Current price: $18.00
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
ISBN:
9781101904244
Pages:
368
Bear Pond Books of Montpelier
1 on hand, as of Apr 18 4:31pm
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Staff Reviews

There have been many stories written about people trying to fix their lives by time travel. There have been some about traveling to alternate universes. This one is a rip-roaring ride from start to finish with some cool and unique views on what might happen if you were kidnapped by your doppelganger and then tried to go in and fix it all.

Action packed, fun, and thought-provoking.

— Kim

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
August 2016 Indie Next List

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • COMING SOON TO APPLE TV+ • A “mind-blowing” (Entertainment Weekly) speculative thriller about an ordinary man who awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew—from the author of Upgrade, Recursion, and the Wayward Pines trilogy

“Are you happy with your life?”

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

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

Before a man he’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 professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this life or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how will Jason make it back to the family he loves?

From the bestselling author Blake Crouch, Dark Matter is a mind-bending 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 a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Upgrade, Recursion, Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

Praise for Dark Matter: A Novel

“The most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist.”The Guardian

“Relatable and unnerving . . . makes its characters—and readers—wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions.”USA Today

“A portal into other dimensions of reality . . . you’ll gulp it down in one afternoon, or more likely one night.”The New York Times Book Review

“A mind-blowing sci-fi/suspense/love-story mash-up.”Entertainment Weekly

“A fast, tasty read with a killer twist. It’s a whole bag of barbecue chips . . . just sitting there waiting for you to devour in one long rush.”—NPR

“A dazzling book . . . [with] a mind-bending premise, a head-spinning plot that’s dialogue-driven and adrenaline-fueled, and a gut-wrenching climax that gave me goose bumps.”Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Draws on questions and anxieties we all wrestle with in the dark hours . . . Crouch has invested [sci-fi motifs] with scientific plausibility, and more unusually, with emotional depth."—The Wall Street Journal

“[A] mind-blowing speculative-science thriller that throws in an old-fashioned love story for good measure.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A pacy, action-driven SF thriller . . . terse prose, strong characterisation and clever twists make for a quick, smart, engrossing read.”Financial Times

“A high-tension thriller . . . always engaging and frequently moving. A strong piece of summertime get-away reading, perfect for those times when the mind wanders to contemplate an alternate reality of endless vacation.”San Francisco Chronicle

“A mind-bending odyssey of parallel worlds and causality [that] unfolds with all the suspense and strength of a more straightforward thriller, building up to a deliciously surreal climax…memorable and well-rounded characters add a big, beating heart to the tale.”—New York Journal of Books 

“Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new.”—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
 
“Exceptional. An exciting, ingeniously plotted adventure about love, regret, and quantum superposition. It’s been a long time since a novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages the way this one did.”—Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
 
“A masterful, truly original work of suspense. Crouch delivers laser-focused prose, a plot that melds science fiction and thriller to brilliant effect, and a touching, twisted love story that plays out in ways you'll never see coming. It all adds up to one hell of a ride.”Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger

“Wow. I gulped down Dark Matter in one sitting and put it down awed and amazed by the ride. It's fast, smart, addictive—and the most creative, head-spinning novel I've read in ages. A truly remarkable thriller.”Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series
 
“A mind-bending thriller of the first order, not merely a rollicking entertainment but a provocative investigation into the nature of second chances, all of it wrapped in a genius sci-fi package. I dare you to put it down, because I sure couldn’t.”Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of the Passage Trilogy.