BOOK REVIEW: Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
First published: July 26th 2016
Publisher: Crown
Finished reading: November 5th 2016
Pages: 342
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“We’re all just wandering through the tundra of our existence, assigning value to worthlessness, when all that we love and hate, all we believe in and fight for and kill for and die for is as meaningless as images projected onto Plexiglass.”

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Wow, just wow. This book is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. I have to admit I was a bit afraid to pick up my copy after all those raving reviews, but Dark Matter has proved to be one of the exceptions and is actually worth all the hype around it. It’s been a while since a story has been able to leave me with a book hangover, and even after a week I’m having problems writing down my thoughts in a coherent way. This review might sound a bit like I’m just fangirling all over the place, but words cannot describe how brilliant this science fiction story is. I should have picked up my copy of Dark Matter as soon as I got it, and I definitely suggest you to do the same if you haven’t read this little masterpiece yet. The characters, the plot, the prose, the worldbuilding, the pace… It just all works perfectly together and the story will pull you right in. In short, this book is a definite must-read!

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The last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious are ‘are you happy with your life?’. When he wakes up, he finds himself surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits and strapped to a gurney. Jason doesn’t have a clue what is going on, but the people around him seem to know him well enough. In the world he is woken up to, Jason’s life seems to be completely different. He is no longer married to his wife, his son was never born and on top of that he is no longer a ordinary college professor. Instead, Jason is a celebrated genius who has achieved something that had been deemed impossible. Is this world real or just a dream? And if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason make it back?

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I don’t often hand out the full five stars (this is only book number 12 this year), but Dark Matter definitely deserves the rating and more. It’s without doubt one of the best books I’ve read this year and it simply blew me away. The excellent prose, worldbuilding and fast pace had me hooked from the start and I literally flew through the pages. Dark Matter has a very an interesting concept and deeper meaning that makes you think about the consequences of the choices we make in life. Please read this book if you haven’t already; you won’t regret it!

Teaser Tuesdays #114 – November 15th: Homegoing

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Books And A Beat. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

With the Goodreads Choice Awards running this month, I have been trying to read more titles nominated in various categories. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi has been on my TBR for a while now, so I thought it was the perfect excuse to finally pick it up. (That and the fact that I discovered it was at least partly set in the 18th century, which is is exactly the era I was missing for a challenge). I’m only a few pages into the story, but it looks promising so far.

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My teaser (5%):

“Effia pulled his hand from her mouth and stared at him for a while longer. She remembered her mother’s joy at seeing her leave, and knew that James was right. She couldn’t go home.”

What are you reading right now?