Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5 out of 5)
One night in Chicago, a man’s life changes. For the better? Not sure if this is a question that can be answered without giving the book away. Definitely not. This entire book is a gigantic head trip, minus the pharmaceuticals. Jason leaves his wife and son at home to go to a nearby bar and congratulate a friend who is celebrating. He wonders aloud if he is happy with his life, then goes to pick up ice cream to take home, when he is ambushed and forced- at gunpoint-into his own vehicle to take his captor to a seedy side of town. What happens next is where things get completely bent backwards, forward, inside, and out. Jason’s life will never be the same. This is a book where I have to stop short at this description. It is one of those books where if one more word is said, something will be figured out and there goes the whole book! Honestly, I have not read a book like this in a long time. Half the time, I had no idea what was going on. It didn’t matter, though. I was hooked, and hooked bad! Jason is one of those rare lead characters… full of humanity, regrets, and steely determination to get back to his wife and son. Every single scenario that develops leads you further and further into a super quantum physics parallelogram that leaves you more confused than before. On the flip side, this is one deep book. Imagine if you asked a question or wondered how your life would be different, and in a flash, it was? How would you handle it? Crouch will keep you up late with this book. And that ending? Prepare to be floored. Definitely one of the best books I read this year. Go get a copy!