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review 2019-10-09 00:26
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch




Blake Crouch Kind-of-Trippy
Science Fiction
With A Love Story

With Audio Performed by Jon Lindstrom






Blake Crouch has a way of taking you for a ride...one wild and crazy ride with thought-provoking situations and dilemma's that leave you contemplating the meaning of life and love and the pursuit of happiness and such.  He also does science fiction in a way that is easily digestible. 

For the sake of a Reading Challenge (Halloween Bingo), I went into this knowing certain aspects of it, and I don't believe knowing that ruined the story...because ultimately I didn't really know where this was going to end up.   I just kind of let it take me where it would...and wow the taking was intense, especially that ending.  I would have really loved to know what happened to Amanda, though.

The Audio was excellently executed by Jon Lindstrom, who is also an actor, and it shows...he was amazing, really brought the story to life.  FYI, this would be amazing as a TV Show, or a Movie, but I don't think a movie could really get the scope of it.


Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.8/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.7/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 4.8/5 Cliffhanger I don't even know how to answer that...
Book Cover It's trippy...
Setting Chicago
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 9 minutes

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review 2019-06-24 05:13
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Audience: Adult

Format: Physical/Owned



I love Thursday nights.

- first sentence


Such an ordinary opening line for an extraordinary story. Jason (a college professor), his wife (Daniela), and their teenage son Charlie spend Thursday nights together, making dinner, eating, and talking. Until the Thursday when Jason goes to meet his friend at a bar and is abducted on the way home. He wakes up in a world he doesn't know. He is confused and wondering which world is real and which is the dream/crazy place he made up in his brain. The truth is even crazier and trying to wrap my mind about it almost broke my brain.


I was fascinated by the story and trying to figure out how Crouch was going to resolve the main problem of getting Jason back to his wife. Every time Jason stepped out of the box, I was thinking, "no - go back in, it isn't safe!" But he kept going out into worlds that obviously weren't his. I especially loved that Crouch didn't shy away from the last problem that kept Jason from being happy - I didn't even think about it until it happened, but then it made perfect sense.


Another highly recommended Crouch novel!


I read this for Booklikes-opoly Beach Week 10 (author's last name begins with one of the letters in BEACH). At 342 pages, it is worth $3.00.


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text 2019-06-14 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 352 pages.
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

OMG! Every time I think I finally wrapped my mind around this story, Crouch adds something else to mess with my mind.

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review 2019-03-02 21:49
Dark Matter
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

DNF @ 127p. (of 255p.)


Dark Matter was Paver's first book for the general adult readership, and it shows. To me, this still reads like a YA novel and I cannot get invested in the story or the main character's situation.

What is worse to me, reading Dark Matter after having read Thin Air, is that Dark Matter reads like a practice piece - that, with a few tweaks, would develop into Thin Air later. 


I ended up skipping ahead to the end of the story and am glad to have done so. The similarities with Paver's later book are very strong, so I do not feel I missed much by "abridging" this read.

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text 2019-03-02 21:15
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 255 pages.
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

Still bored.


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