Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5/5)

18 Oct

I somehow missed the hype of this book when it came out. I knew it got some good reviews but it was never on my radar. Man, do I regret that. This book blew me away. I’m so glad my book club picked it. I must have missed it due to a class in one book club because they were all shocked I was just getting to it. I’m so glad I’m in two!

Cover image via Goodreads

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Summary from Goodreads:

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

At first, I didn’t like this book. I was having flashbacks to The Maze Runner and the frustration I felt when the main character had no idea what was going on and he was getting no answers. But as soon as Jason figured out what was going on, I was in. I finished this book in three days and that’s no easy feat for me now with how busy my life is. I stayed in bed a lot on my days off, napping and reading this book. It blew me away. It was very original and yet it used something familiar enough that I could understand it. I wish I was still reading it. Fair warning, it’s hard to not have spoilers in this review so continue reading at your own risk.

I loved Jason. He was very realistic and yet he was so smart that it was unimaginable. I loved the relationship with him and Daniela. I thought he was really resourceful. Overall, it was really great. The ‘other Jasons’ were fun, too. I wish that had some more screen time.

Daniela was my favorite character. I loved her as a wife and mother and I loved the other versions of her we met. She was creative and fun and still very much the same person. I thought the way she acted at the end was believable and it showed how strong her relationship with Jason was.

While none of the things in this book have happened to me, I understand Jason’s’ dedication to his wife. I love my husband with an odd ferocity and I can understand why he was willing to go to such extreme circumstances to make sure she was safe. I’m not sure I understood the lottery he was willing to set up. I’ll never be in that circumstance so I guess I never have to.

Blake Crouch
Image via Twitter

I liked Amanda and Jason trying to navigate the box best. It was fun to see the strange worlds they ended up in and how the navigated them and got out. It was a fun adventure and it led well to the final adventures of the book. I understand why it was necessary, too, but the fun was the best part.

I didn’t like being kept in the dark for the first 100 pages. I was frustrated and might have put the book down. Crouch’s writing was quick and easy to read, which kept me going forward, but I hate not knowing something critical when the narrator also doesn’t know. It seems like the writer isn’t sure what he’s doing yet but in this case, Crouch had a very good idea!

Jason’s love for Daniela obviously drove the book. If he hadn’t been so driven and dedicated to getting back to Daniela and Charlie, he might have stayed in the other world. Success, riches, and intelligence didn’t mean anything if he didn’t have Daniela and Charlie to share it with. Even successful Jason wanted the happy family.

Writer’s Takeaway: Crouch’s short sentences kept me reading fast. The long chapters and short chapter interchanged kept me guessing. I loved the way he paced this novel, though I wish it had been a little faster earlier on. It was a really fun and quick read, something I haven’t enjoyed in a while.

Really run and enjoyable, Five out of Five Stars

Until next time, write on.

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22 Responses to “Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5/5)”

  1. Ellie Pelto October 18, 2018 at 10:25 AM #

    Thanks for linking to my review! I absolutely loved this one too! 🙂


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

      I was so glad to find it! I wish our books overlapped more lol. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. macsbooks311 October 18, 2018 at 10:49 AM #

    This was one of my favorite reads. It’s so “trippy” and amazing. I’m glad you liked it!!


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

      Trippy is a good word for it. It kept me guessing the whole time. Happy reading!


  3. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog October 18, 2018 at 11:28 AM #

    Fantastic review and thanks for the the mention!


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 11:36 AM #

      No problem! Glad to have read a thriller this time of year. Happy reading!


  4. Cathy746books October 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM #

    This sounds excellent! Definitely one to check out.


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 4:50 PM #

      I think it has pretty wide appeal. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!


  5. Bookstooge October 18, 2018 at 5:49 PM #

    Thanks for the link back.


    • Sam October 18, 2018 at 7:56 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bookstooge October 18, 2018 at 9:01 PM #

        How did you run across my review in the first place? I know I don’t follow you…


      • Sam October 18, 2018 at 9:02 PM #

        I did a google search for Crouch Dark Matter WordPress and you were on the first page of results. I do this for every book review I write so there are other opinions shared.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Bookstooge October 18, 2018 at 9:03 PM #

        Ahh, good old google.
        Thanks, I was just curious 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Diana October 19, 2018 at 4:41 AM #

    Great review! So glad that you enjoyed this one. I am still yet to read it but its on my TBR. Can’t wait to get to it soon 🙂


    • Sam October 19, 2018 at 4:49 AM #

      I hope you can. It was the right mix of creepy, spooky, and thriller for this time of year. Happy reading!


  7. Rae Longest October 19, 2018 at 6:49 AM #

    When I saw “5out of 5,” I knew I couldn’t skip this review! Now I know I HAVE to read the book!


    • Sam October 19, 2018 at 7:13 AM #

      Great! I hope you love it as much as I did. Great reading as the weather turns cold. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. carhicks October 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM #

    Nice reveiw Sam. I read this one a year ago and liked it. That is saying a lot because I am not a big Sci-Fi reader.


    • Sam October 21, 2018 at 11:14 AM #

      Same here. It’s not a genre I tend to seek out but this one was really enjoyable. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. whatcathyreadnext October 24, 2018 at 5:05 AM #

    Glad you enjoyed this as much as I did. I probably make this same joke on every review of Dark Matter I read but…I wonder, if I read the book again, would it turn out differently?


    • Sam October 24, 2018 at 6:12 AM #

      Lol that’s great! Great to start the day with a smile. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person


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