Book Review

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

Rating: 4.5 / 5

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch is a book I had seen pop up on bookstagram a few times with recommendations, but it hadn’t made it onto my TBR just yet. When it was selected for the June book for #notyomamasbookclub hosted by @downtogetthefiction and @kraysbookclub on Instagram, I decided to give it a read.

DARK MATTER follows Jason Dessen, a college physics professor. He has a happy life with his wife and son, but he does wonder a bit about the path not taken when he chose his family over his career. While out to celebrate a friend’s recent career success, Jason’s life takes a drastic turn when he finds himself kidnapped by a masked man, taken to an abandoned power plant and knocked out.

When Jason awakes, he is in a world that is not his own. He is strapped to a table and surrounded by people who seem to know him, but who are in fact complete strangers. No longer a family man with a sedate teaching job, he is known to be a single, career minded genius responsible for developing great things.

Let me tell you, the hype for this book was strong! Buddy read participants started reading this book early and some even finished before June began! Our mid-month chat about the book was full of people fighting hard to avoid spoilers for the second half of the book because they couldn’t resist finishing it right away.

I didn’t start the book until nearly half-way through the month and by then I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Once I got to reading, it lived up to what I was told. This book takes you on a wild ride with a lot of twists that I didn’t see coming. It is science fiction, and there is some explanation of the science behind the ideas it conveys, but you don’t need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this journey!

For me, there were a few slow spots in the middle where I lost the fast pace and I think this may be a book that would have been better served if I had read it in one go instead of setting it aside at the mid-month stopping point and picking it up again a week or two later. That said, the slow points were few and far between and the ending was everything that I would have wanted in a fast paced thriller.

I can’t wait for our end of month book chat on DARK MATTER and I’m very excited to have Blake Crouch’s most recent release RECURSION as the July book pick for the #notyomamasbookclub because I can’t wait to see what Blake Crouch does next!

3 thoughts on “DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch”

  1. I recently hit one of those slow parts in the book (audio) and had to set it down due to excessive grumpiness. I definitely will pick it up again though! I may try the ebook this time though.

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