The Sci-Fi Book for People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi: Dark Matter

Science Fiction is tough in my opinion. Either you’re really into it and it’s the majority of what you read, or it’s just kind of meh and you can’t ever really get into it. I’m in the latter category.

I’ve read a few Sci-Fi books here and there, The MartianEnder’s Game, etc. I enjoyed them enough, but it’s still not something I typically lean towards. If there’s a Sci-Fi book getting a lot of buzz I’ll pick it up, but even that is only really because, as we all know, I have a horrible case of FOMOOB (Fear Of Missing Out On Books).

Dark MatterAll that being said, I’m about to tell you how much I loved Dark Matter. In fact, this book rocked my world so much, it actually put me into a pretty hard core book slump upon finishing it. I picked up 3 different books after Dark Matter and was so bored by all of them.

Let’s get to the book…

Jason, our protagonist, has a great life. A wife he loves, a beautiful son, and a job as a professor. He loves his life, but upon seeing his best friend and former scientific partner accomplish all his dreams and goals professionally, he can’t help but wonder if that life could have been his as well.

Then one night Jason is abducted by a masked man. He wakes up in a completely different world. A world where he never married his wife, never had his son, and was not just a professor, but instead a scientific genius who accomplished something remarkable.

This book was thrilling, face-paced, and although science-y at times, confused me waaaay less than The Martian. I finished it in two sittings and my mind was still spinning when it ended. The best part is, the ending was left open for a sequel. Fingers crossed it happens because I would love for this story to continue.

I’m in the process of writing my Best Books of 2016 post and I can 100% guarantee this book will make that list.

PS- this book would make a great christmas gift for the book lover in your life. buy it here!

Have you read Dark Matter? What did you think? Obsessed like me?!

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  • So I always think I hate science fiction, but I loved The Martian! I guess I should say I normally stay away from science fiction (and fantasy–some exceptions being The Martian & Harry Potter) but I really want to read this one! It kind of sounds psychological thriller-y too, which is my favorite genre.

    • it is definitely psychological thriller-y too! I really think you’ll like it Mattie!

  • This sounds almost like Sliding Doors in a way, in that it’s a what if kind of story. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi because a lot of times they confuse me, and I know that’s one of the reasons that I didn’t love The Martian. I’ll have to give this one a try though.

    • the thing that really bothered me about the Martian was all the Science talk. ugh. I literally passed by all of the science mumbo-jumbo in that book. This book has some science elements, but waaaaay less than the Martian did. it’s also got some psychological thriller aspects to it, which are my favorite!

  • Stephanie

    Sci-fi isnt normally my genre either, but I will have to check it out! And FOMOOB is so real.

    • so glad you understand my FOMOOB condition. seriously the struggle is real! 🙂

  • I’m like you on sci-fi, but did love The Martian. I guess I can take some of the sci-fi that become crossover hits? I didn’t even consider picking up Dark Matter b/c of that, but now you’ve got me rethinking that. I’m adding it to my TBR….we’ll see when I get to it…ha!

    • Just checked my library’s e-book lending and I’m now proudly number 44 on the waiting list…HAHA. I’ll get to it in early 2018 probably. But, the fact that it’s on hold means I likely will read it.

      • LOL! holy cow! it’s definitly a popular book right now! I really think you’ll enjoy it! especially if you liked The Martian. I liked this better than the Martian personally.

  • This title is spot on – I don’t like sci-fi but loved The Martian and have loved all Blake Crouch reads.

    • this is the first book I’ve read by him but I’ve heard really good things about his Wayward Pines series so i’m thinking i have to give those a go!

  • You’ve intrigued me!! My husband is constantly accusing me of being a book snob since I have these books that I LOVE and nothing else every lives up to them, so I’m always disappointed trying to find a new favorite to add to the exclusive bunch. (I guess teaching literature does that to you!?!) However, any book that will put someone in a book slump post-finish is definitely worth a read. I’m adding this to my list of things to find and read!

  • I’ve heard such good things about this one..I’m in a book slump so this sound perfect.