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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date for this Edition: 2016

Pages: 342

Rating: 10/10 ! = made it to “my favorites” list

“No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.” – Blake Crouch, Dark Matter


What.   The.   Heck.   Just.   Happened.

Here is the monologue that was going on in my head while reading this book:

“Wait, what?.. Okay, I know where he’s going with this..”
“Maybe not… okay, okay. I get it now…”
“What in the..?!!!”
What is going on?!?!”
“WAIT… what is happening???!!”
“GAHHH!!! Need to get to the end of this book!!!!!”
“Pfffffffttt”….(that would be the sound of my brain as it deflates from the exhaustion of trying to figure out this book’s direction)

That inner chaotic mess of “WTF” pretty much sums up the reader’s experience throughout this whole book. Just when you think you have cracked the code and unlocked the vault to the plot, WHAM! Plot twist! With an extra side of “what in tarnation is going on?!”

With the urgency to get to the bottom of things, this book demands you to read it whole in one sitting – which I did. If there were a mass horde of zombies banging on the walls and trying to knock down the doors of my home or if a tornado plopped Dorothy’s house right in my backyard, you would still find me cocooned on the couch and scrambling to get to the back cover of this book. I could not put this down and nothing could distract me.

Here’s the low-down:

Your average joe, Jason, is knocked unconscious and then abducted by a masked man. He wakes up in a world that looks like his but is all wrong – different wife, his son was never born,.. oh! and he is as distinguished, if not more, as Stephen Hawking. The remaining pages of the book is synonymous with the sole goal of Jason Bourne (ironic same name?) in “The Bourne Identity” – figuring out who the hell he is.. or, at least, where he is and what is happening.

Blake Crouch provides plenty of character dialogue and just the right amount of descriptive detail to make the reader empathize with the floundering Jason in his search for his normal life. This book brings that whole “Who-the-hell-am-I” 20-year old self-discovery meltdown to an extreme.

And if you were wondering, “Hey, that story has nothing sci-fi.” Ha! You just wait and read. Oh man, the promise of science fiction is kept by the end of this book.

Along with the insanely captivating story line that propels the reader through the pages, Blake Crouch’s word usage also helps the reader avoid the need for frequent trips to to the dictionary.

Recommendation Diagnosis:

Please, Please, Please, read this. Even if you don’t like science fiction books, give this one a try. It may just flip a switch for you. I recommend this to anyone who wants to open a book and feel as if you have time traveled. Meaning: you will open this book, read it straight through, check your watch, and then think “Where did the time go?”


YouTube Clip from Jason Bourne film:

When you realize that you have no idea who the hell you are or why you have awesome ninja moves:

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