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!

WWW Wednesdays #110 – November 9th

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m currently reading the Netgalley ARC Before You Leap by Keith Houghton and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I’m about 25% into each story and I’m loving both so far for completely different reasons! Basically, the only reason I haven’t finished them yet is that I’ve had practically no time to read in the last two days.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I first finished The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and I can definitely understand why so many people love this story. It was a bit too fluffy, cliche and predictable for me, but I LOVED the dogs, the fact that Clark is a fantasy writer and the geeky elements in general. Definitely recommended for contemporary romance fans!
* I then read the novella Lemon Sting by Collin Henderson, which turned out to be a fast-paced and entertaining thriller with without doubt a lot of action scenes. The prose was really easy to read as well and I liked the general plot.
* I also finished No Excuses Detox by Megan Gilmore, a cookbook which is to come out next year. I wasn’t convinced by all of it and some of the things were a bit complicated to be called ‘no excuses’, but there are without doubt a lot of recipes I will be trying out.
* The last book I finished was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which kind of left me with a book hangover. IT’S SOOOO GOOD!!! I can’t believe I haven’t read this one before and it made it right to the list of 2016 favorites. Absolutely brilliant science fiction read.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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The first book I’m going to pick up after I finish my current reads is The Power by Naomi Alderman. After I read Claire‘s review not that long ago and I can’t wait to start reading it! I also want to read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, one of the books that’s nominated for the Goodreads Awards… And The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt is another pending Netgalley ARC. My newest TBR jar pick is still A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I need to read that one ASAP!