Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 This book was sent to me for free to read and review, but I was not financially compensated for this post. This review and the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own based on my experience.

              I've always been an avid reader, ever since I was a little girl, but lately it's harder and harder for me to find a book that will hold my attention. I have absolutely no interest in the popular themes of current young adult books (i.e. vampires, wizards, teen angst, teens dying of cancer, teens falling in love, teens stuck in the friend zone, you get the picture...) I love stories with darker themes, psychological thrillers, and anything that has a dramatic twist that nobody saw coming. Just to give an example, a few that I enjoyed before discovering this one were Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. If you're into dramatic thrillers that'll mess with your mind a little and even make you maybe shed a tear or two, then this book is for you.

            Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a story about an average college physics professor who gets abducted and drugged - only to wake up in world that is not his own. Everyone around him knows his name, his address, his career - but none of these things are the same as they were in his world. His wife doesn't exist, his son doesn't exist, and his colleagues are praising him for the success of some experiment of which he seems to be the subject. The rest of the novel chronicles his journey through this new world, battling strange side affects and a lapse in memory, all while trying to grasp the crippling thought that maybe THIS world is his reality, and everything he truly loved and knew was only a dream. 

          I absolutely loved this book - I was hooked from the first page. Crouch does an amazing job of making the characters and situations in this book completely believable. There were no "slow" or "dragging" chapters, each one served a very specific purpose in telling the story, and each had its own form of suspense. There is a lot of scientific language in this book; Crouch's use of quantum physics and related concepts in this book was not only engaging, but added a whole new level of intelligence and credibility to the story. He seamlessly incorporated these elements into the story, without creating confusion or disconnect between the reader and the characters. As someone who is not schooled in physics, I found these parts of the book surprisingly easy to understand. The characters that Crouch created and developed throughout this story were lovable - although a few were wonderfully hate-able as well.

              If you're on the look-out for a new book, or perhaps looking to test the waters in the science-fiction genre, this novel will NOT disappoint. Whether you're someone who likes to feel connected to the characters, or someone who likes a fast paced storyline with lots of thrills, I encourage you to give this book a try.

What's YOUR favorite book or favorite genre?

Xoxo, Kate

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