Book Review: Dark Matter


(Description from Goodreads)

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

And someone is hunting him.

What I Liked

In sum: This is exactly what I’ve been hoping to find in a sci-fi, timey-wimey book. I’m absolutely fascinated with things pertaining to the multiverse and related alternate universes, and none have been as “hard science” as this one. This rocketed to the top of my favorite books, possibly of all time, because it scratched an itch my nerdy brain needed from a story.

What to Be Aware Of

If you’re not already versed in the theory behind multiverse travel, it can be easy to get lost. I ate it up because I’d previously researched the “science” behind it for a separate project, so I wasn’t a newbie. YMMV.


This is a book grounded in science fiction, but also has definite thriller overtones and a few shades of urban fantasy. If you are looking for your next read in these categories, do check this out!

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