Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
“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.
My wife suggested this book after Knox and Jamie at the Popcast gave it their Green Light.
This book was a very quick read/listen. Once I got half way through I couldn’t put it down. I recommended it to a friend and he finished it in one day. I listened to the audio book version of this book mostly while walking around my neighborhood. I still associate certain parts of a street or the view of a neighbor’s house with parts of the story!
The book is a really good thriller, but the part that resonated with me most is the main character’s drive to restore his life with his wife and son. Even when presented with alternate versions of his wife he knew that the woman and life he loved weren’t just the physical representation of that person, it was much more. The life he loved was the physical person along with the sum of the shared history. And he was willing to do whatever it took to get back to that life.
My wife and I will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary this year and as each year passes I realize how precious our time is to me. The value of those 14 years together (16 counting our dating and courtship) greatly outweigh the sum of the time. This might be an odd conclusion to reach from this book, but it’s where I landed.
If you’re looking for a techno-thriller with some soul, give this book a read.
This was book number 3 of 52 for 2017.