Dark Matter is the perfect scientifically frustrating plot with bunches of dialogues, and all in a good way.
Okay, so what did I just read? Well, I’d given this four stars immediately after I finished reading it, but it has five stars now. How? I’ve always said that plots and characters mean more to me than the writing, doesn’t matter if the story is being told in a dialogue-oriented recounting or as a beautiful prose, even poetry works. And this book basically supports that opinion of mine. Even though the writing wasn’t something out of the world, the story was certainly multi-dimensional…literally.
This is one of those books that I really don’t want to spoil for anybody because I think right off the bat, it has twists and hints that you think you can get your head around but you actually can’t because you’re just a tiny point in this entirety of universe (sorry for the dramatization). Basically, it’s a fast-paced, gripping thriller with concepts and scientific ideas giving a logical side to each and every event in this otherwise impossible-to-imagine story.
In addition to the intriguing plot, the characters interested me as much. Jason Dessen is an average guy with a wife, a son and an average job as a physics teacher. But it all suddenly changes one day when he’s kidnapped and wakes up around people he doesn’t know…or doesn’t remember. The progression of the protagonist alongside the plot is amusing; what starts with an average physics teacher who keeps thinking about his life if he’d worked on his intended path to become a scientist instead, ends with an average husband and father who simply wants to go back to his family, nothing more. It’s an empathetic story about desperation for a normal life—a life we often deem to be nothing extraordinary when it is so much better than the possible alternatives.
Anyway, before this review becomes a mere recollection of how amazing this was, I’ll sum it up. I’ll recommend this to those looking for a sci-fi thriller that makes sense while you keep thinking it isn’t making any, and all the while sit by the edge of your seat.
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