Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Book - 2016
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A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious--and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101904220
1101904224
Branch Call Number: SF Crou
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm

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LPL_EliH Sep 15, 2017

More Crichton than Arthur C Clarke, it leans on the thriller pacing, letting the lofty quantum concepts play second fiddle. This is probably for the best, though, and I was surprised by how effective and enjoyable the story became with its solid action sequences and interspersed "wow" moments.

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maybaby
Sep 11, 2017

Good read. Fast read. Enough twists to keep you engaged. The author actually did his homework regarding the science involved in the story and made it understandable for the average reader.

AL_ALISON Aug 13, 2017

An exciting read that takes a the theoretical science principle of Schrodinger's cat and turns it into a thriller. Jason Dessin is ripped from his life and plopped into the middle of a different version of Jason Dessin's life. He has to travel the multi-verse to get back to his family and kids and bring justice to the version of Jason that had set all this in motion. A lot of fun, that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next.

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KatG613
Jul 26, 2017

Dark Matter is a fast paced thriller, entertaining until the very last page. I honestly could not put it down. It was clearly written with a movie adaptation in mind (I'm already picturing Matt Damon, or Mark Ruffalo as the lead), but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. If you enjoy movies like Inception, or Memento - Dark Matter is for you!

AL_ALICIA Jul 18, 2017

This book was a thrilling adventure that had me turning the page to figure out what happens next while also forcing me to contemplate how much our choices define our reality. A great read for lovers of science fiction and general fiction alike.

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llwboston
Jul 16, 2017

A very clever premise: a rather ordinary man has his life and world stolen from him, and to get them back has to out-think different versions of himself again, and again and again. Mostly entertaining and fast paced with some slow parts - scenes in the time tunnel became repetitive. And a big disappointment in that Amanda, one of the most interesting characters, gets dropped from the story. By the ending I was also bored with the main character, though the end of his story felt right. My guess is that the movie adaptation will actually improve on the book.

sundanced Jul 06, 2017

An excellent fast paced mind-boggling sci-fi thriller about quantum superposition, the multiverse, and alternate realities. Buckle up!

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JLMason
Jul 03, 2017

Good thing it was a holiday weekend and this book was short, because I did not want to put it down. In addition to being a sci fi thriller, the story of infinite alternate universes showing the consequences of choices we make on the life we live was quite thought provoking. However, you won’t find much time for self-reflection as you whip through the pages to see what happens next|next|next|next|next|next| ...

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topsreader
Jun 16, 2017

Science fiction/Thriller isn't my typical book genre to read but I needed something different. I'm glad I left my comfort zone. I couldn't put it down. Who would have thought quantum physics could be so interesting. I wasn't sure I'd be able to follow it but it was so fast paced I couldn't put it down. It led to a very interesting conversation with my son.

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susan_findlay
Jun 12, 2017

Most exciting book I ever read about quantum mechanics...

Seriously, though, it's a fast-paced thriller full of twists and turns. Original and really well written. Highly recommended.

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Mar 21, 2017

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Aug 22, 2016

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SPL_Brittany Oct 17, 2016

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before his abductor knocks him unconscious, before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits, where 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?

Blake Crouch writes a gripping science fiction thriller that will hook you from the very beginning, and will have you reading late into the night. A thought-provoking read full of twists and turns, that takes you down the scientific rabbit hole, delving into questions of our own existence and the consequences our life decisions. This novel will delight those who enjoy Orphan Black, the Matrix and Inception.

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professorxfm
Aug 22, 2016

College professor bored with his life, due to the routines, finds himself being kidnapped on the way home one night, after running an errand. After meeting his alternate reality and realizing his other "self" has switched places, he desperately tries to get back to the life he knows and realizes he "loves" in all its imperfections.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“We're more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”

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