Personal Thoughts: At the beginning of 2017 I set a goal for myself to read more adult literature (particularly more adult science fiction and fantasy) and while I didn’t meet that goal in January, I could not be more pleased with my February pick! I felt like I was suddenly living a world where Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was mentioned EVERYWHERE. I’d been aware of the book since it’s release last July but seemingly out of nowhere, it was being mentioned on multiple podcasts that I listen to, by several BookTubers I watch and it’s pretty cover was just calling to me from my bookshelf. I became obsessed with making it my next read and I’m so very glad that I did!
Plot Summary: Everyone should go into Dark Matter knowing as little as possible about the story because this is truly a tale that is way more fun to see unfold on the pages. The little I will tell you is that it follows a professor named Jason who teaches physics at a college in Chicago. He’s happily married to his wife Daniela and he loves their son teenage Charlie very much. One night before his family is sitting down for dinner, Daniela encourages Jason to go to a bar in Logan Square to congratulate his former college roommate on his success in the scientific field. On his way home from the bar, Jason is attacked by a person in a Geisha mask who asks him if he’s happy with his life. The next thing he knows, he wakes up in a world that is completely foreign to him and that’s really where the story begins.
Critique: I loved this book so much! I was completely addicted to the story from the very first chapter. It’s rare for me to become as engaged in a story as I was in Dark Matter when I’m so few pages in but Dark Matter just completely gripped me. Blake Crouch did a fantastic job of creating dimensional characters who the reader feels fully invested in from the very beginning. Despite Dark Matter being a sci-fi book focusing on quantum mechanics, the books language is extremely accessible and the reader does not need any prior scientific knowledge to follow the story. One thing I will say is that it was quite easy for me to figure out a certain aspect of the story. I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that I read a lot or because I’m familiar with a lot of stories in the genre but I am pleased to say that while my initial suspicions were confirmed, there ended up being a lot more to the story than I was expecting.
Do I Recommend?: Yes!! I’m currently pushing this book on my husband at the moment who is slowly reading it on the train next to me while I continue to devour books at a much quicker speed. I had been so hesitant going in because the author also wrote Wayward Pines which I loved until the middle episode when everything changed but thankfully, this book was for me the whole way through. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he comes out with next!