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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

A review by Nalini Haynes

This is a review of a speculative fiction thriller called Dark Matter by Blake Crouch with no actual dark matter: it’s about quantum universes.

Although Jason loves his wife and son he sometimes regrets choosing family life over making scientific breakthroughs, especially when a friend receives a lucrative award.

In another quantum universe, Jason chose the scientific breakthroughs and regrets not choosing family life so he jumps universes and sends family-man Jason (Jason) back to scientific-breakthrough Jason’s (Jason2’s) universe. And so begins a science-based science fiction thriller with character, exploring facets of the human condition.

Crouch explains quantum science for the layperson in such a way that it glides past, not slowing the story for the experienced SF reader. A corridor serves as C S Lewis’s intermediate world alongside a linguistic nod to The Magician’s Nephew.

The irony of this story about regret is that its form and interpretation relies on point of view: from any other point of view it could be a tragedy or a farce but from the first Jason’s point of view — while over a hundred Jasons arrive in his universe evoking memories of Agent Smith — Dark Matter is the It’s A Wonderful Life of science fiction thrillers. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9781447297574
Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Macmillan (Panmacmillan)
Dark Matter

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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