Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Posted April 3, 2017 by Lily B in Reviews / 17 Comments

Review: Dark Matter by Blake CrouchDark Matter by Blake Crouch
Series: standalone
Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Buy on Amazon
Rating:4.5 Stars

“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

I can’t believe it took me this long to pick this book up. I actually bought this for my dad about a month ago and after he finished, he told me “Lily, you got to read this.” I was a bit busy, had a lot on my plate, and did not get a chance to. I went to the library and behold, they had a copy available and I snatched it up.

Guys! I could NOT, put this book down. It was…Wow.

What is so great about this? Uh… Everything. It’s a science fiction, but it doesn’t completely read like one. I admit, there had been parts that made my head swim a little, but who cares? Crouch is a fabulous writer. The man knows how to suck you in from the very first page and it just never really lets you go. I lost sleep because of this, for reals. But who needs sleep, right?

This book never had a dull moment for me, I was eating up the pages eager for the end, wanting to know how it all turns out. Quite the roller coaster ride.

Don’t ask me to explain what this is about, I might literally explode. Read the blurb, that is the gist of it, the rest you pretty much have to experience on your own.

This book grabbed me from page one and never really let me go. My eyes are burning me, I am tired, but I am so glad I got to finish this. Crouch is really such a great storyteller.

Does most of this book make sense? No, it’s a science fiction. But, it’s interesting, it’s different, it’s compelling and it’s the first book in over a month that has me so damn giddy. I wasn’t coming into this willing it to make sense. I just wanted fun, excitement, something different.

Different it was. I LOVED the concept, the idea of multiverse. How our lives branch out. How there is a possibility of like everything that we could do in a critical moment in our life. The characters were just so raw, so real, the main character especially. I couldn’t help but feel the connection, I felt his love, pain, his loss and the need to come back home.

It was just so good. Crouch to me is a master in storytelling, he succeeded in everything for me. I felt it. I enjoyed it.

I took away half a star because in the end, I felt the ending to be a little weak. A LITTLE BIT. After everything, I felt like maybe it could have used a few more pages. But I get it. The characters were tired.

It is a bit open ended, it is. BUT, but, you guys in this case, given the structure of the book – it does not annoy me. It felt almost perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It totally made sense following the events, so, go read it if you have not yet. The science fiction part of it is light, but it’s science fiction, don’t go into it thinking it has to make sense, just be open and enjoy every moment.

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17 responses to “Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

  1. Oh I love the sound of this one. I have it on my wishlist and I may have to move it higher up that list. I know my library has it! 🙂 I usually hate an open ending but on occasion it works. Glad to see it works here and I won’t be worried about it. Brilly review!

  2. You have me so curious. I love what you’re saying and about the bits that are tough to explain without telling the good stuff. I will read this intriguing book at some point. 🙂

  3. Oh Lily, I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for almost a year! (I got it at BEA) Your review with your almost palpable excitement, has me itching to go pull it off the shelf! 😉 Maybe in May…. Awesome review!

  4. I downloaded this one from my library’s app last month for my husband and he loved it. He was telling me about it along the way and I couldn’t believe how “out there” it sounded. Definitely not like anything I’ve ever read! It seemed like a lot to wrap your head around. I can’t remember now what he thought of the ending but now I’m curious so I’ll have to ask. So glad this one was such a hit for you, Lily!

  5. I’ve heard great things about this book, and I think I’m gonna have to give it a try because I’ve been craving a mindscrewy type of book with alternate realities and whatnot ever since this one book I read back in like January. This sounds like it just might hit the spot. Great review!

  6. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed this! And I’m glad different worked out! I really must check this out soon. I’m glad that despite the ending not being perfect perfect, it was okay that it was a bit open ended. Awesome review, Lily!

  7. I saw this on either Netgalley or Edelweiss, but I didn’t request it because it didn’t quite sound like my thing; then I saw a couple of rave reviews by bloggers I follow, but by then it was too late to request. If I see it come up on ebook special I will definitely buy a copy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.:)

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