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review 2017-02-28 00:49
I Ended Up Missing Futurama
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Honestly I think that for the most part I was bored by this book. I think the fact that I am a girl that has grown up reading Stephen King, none of the plot points in this book were surprising to me.

 

Dark Matter follows the character of Jason Dessen after he is abducted by a mysterious man in a mask and finds himself in a place that's familiar but is altogether different than the world he is use to. Jason spends most of the book trying to find his way back to his beloved wife and son. I do wish that I've got a better sense of Jason I feel like Crouch did not do a good job developing him. The only thing that this book is focused on is Jason and his family. And I think the way that his wife is elevated into this book into this prize is just a bit off-putting but thank goodness Crouch redeems himself in the end with that whole storyline.

 

We do get an interesting side character that is Jason's companion throughout his adventure but then disappears halfway through the book which disappointed me. I had so many questions left about this character and what their ultimate fate was.

 

Jason's wife Dani unfortunately wasn't developed as much as I needed her to be. We get glimmers of this character's strength, her ability to see beauty, her artistic ability, but I needed more if I had gotten more I think this would have easily been a 4-star book.

 

I thought that the mysterious man was kind of a joke because I kind of called who this had to be and once again this person's justifications for what they did was total crap. I kind of rolled my eyes a bunch thousand since all this book did was made me long for Futurama who did better with this same type of dilemma.

 

I kept waiting for this infamous twist that everybody kept talking about and it just was kind of a joke to me. Anybody that has watch Futurama would have definitely gotten there before the main character did.

 

 

I do think that though the overall plot was interesting, I wish that Crouch had pushed things a little bit more. I wanted to see more darkness in the story.

 

The writing was okay I think Crouch tried to explain the science behind this whole book, but I am always of the mindset that you don't need to over explain things to readers, it just often leaves you with plot holes like I saw by the time I got to the end of this book. The flow was really off after about one third of the book and it didn't really adjust itself until almost the very end.

 

The book taking place in Chicago was interesting to me and I really do wish that Crouch had use the setting a little bit better. He initially did use Chicago very well in the first couple of chapters and then it just kind of became a backdrop with nothing behind it. I could almost see this being staged in a theater somewhere and you would see a backdrop and the words with Chicago written on it to represent the city.

 

The ending is I think supposed to leave you with hope but all I did was leave me with more questions than answers.

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text 2017-02-25 16:25
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

This was actually not that long a book to get through which surprised me. Everyone I talked to about this awesome twist, but I guess I've read Stephen King too much to be taken aback by the twist, it made sense. I think Crouch wanted this book to have a happy ending, but I feel like he could have pushed it further. I definitely liked this book though. 

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text 2017-02-25 13:03
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

I am so confused.

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review 2017-01-31 15:54
Dark Matter
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

It's family night at the Dessen household, but at the insistence of his wife Jason Dessen leaves to go to a local bar for a drink where his friend is celebrating. On his way back Jason is threatened by a masked abductor and forced to drive to a remote location where he is then knocked unconscious. He wakes up to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits - strangers that know him and are extremely happy to see him. Jason begins to understand that this life he has woken up to is not the one he's been living in for the last fifteen years. His wife is not his wife, his son was never born, and Jason himself is not the ordinary college physics professor he used to be. Instead he is an incredible genius who has achieved something unbelievable. But he wants his old life back and he'll do whatever it takes to go back to that.

I can probably count on one hand how many sci-fi books I've read. This one sounded too good to not check out. And I'm happy to say I was not disappointed! This book was interesting and complex. The characters, the situations, the writing - everything felt so real that it was like I was actually a part of Jason's worlds.

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review 2017-01-28 20:56
Dark Matter
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is probably the fastest book I've read in a long time. I just didn't want to put it down. And when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I'm not sure I buy into the concept of parallel worlds, but I like thinking about the possibility. This book was successful in making me think about the choices I've made in my life (and even the ones I didn't make by avoiding the decision until the need passed). It made me think about how much of my personality is fundamentally me and how much is based on my experiences of the external environment. And in the midst of this scientific-based plot, the author even managed to infuse a bit of fate. I just wish I my book club would have read this with me as I'd love to talk about it with them!

 

Definitely worth the read and now I want to check out his Wayward Pines series as I've heard good things about it. 

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