Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Published July 26th 2016 by Crown
Goodreads Summary: “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.
From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.
Review: This book completely blew me away! I’ve heard from so many people how great this book was so I was really excited to finally get my hands on a copy. I’ve only been getting into science fiction the last couple of years so I haven’t read too many books from that genre but this one was absolutely fantastic! The whole concept of multiverses is something that really fascinates me and while some of the more technical jargon is a little over my head, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading the science behind the theory. The characters were written so well that I found myself bonding to them and hoping for everything to work out. The writing and the plotting were both so masterfully done. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it was so full of twists and turns that you need to be surprised with. I was at the edge of my seat for the majority of this book. This is a book I will be thinking about a lot for days. 100% superb.
We’re about halfway through the first month of the 20 Books of Summer challenge so I thought I would do a quick progress report. I was hoping to be a little further along but some I’ve had a few things come up that require my attention more urgently in my free time. We’re getting our townhouse ready to sell so we have a lot of cleaning, painting, and decluttering to do.
What I have read so far has been a pretty mixed bag. I started the challenge off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in it. I loved her debut novel so I was hoping to love this one just as much. You can read my review here. Next, I decided to switch things up from cutesy YA to gritty NA with Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher. I had heard how crazy this book was from a few people and after loving F*ck Love, I knew I would probably like this one. And I did! It was so messed up and had a few unexpected twists that threw me! Read my review here.
While reading challenge books I also have some ARCs that I need to read so I also read and enjoyed Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. It is a compelling thriller due to be released on the 20th of this month. Read my review here.
Getting back to the challenge, I chose Everland by Wendy Spinale to be my third book. I had this book forever sitting on my shelf unread. I love Peter Pan so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling but unfortunately it fell really flat for me.
Currently I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I’ve been dying to read it since it was released and I finally got a copy when I started my Book of the Month Club membership. I’m not very far into it because my weekend was spent moving boxes and getting painting supplies but I am really intrigued by it so far. I also joined a street team for M.C. Frank recently so I’m currently reading her book, No Ordinary Stars, which is dystopian set in 2525. So far it is a really fascinating dystopian world and I’m excited to continue reading it.
I haven’t quite decided yet if I’m going to count my side reading towards my challenge goal or not. I am notoriously bad at sticking to TBRs so I might just have to. But we’ll play that by ear and see how the rest of the summer goes.
How is your summer reading going?
Cathy @ 746 Books is once again hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge! This year I’ve decided to give it a shot and see how well I do. I originally said I wasn’t going to join any challenges or readathons this year but I’ve been reading a lot more than I thought I was going to so I might as well go for it. The goal is to read 20 books from June 1st through September 3rd. I have divided my main TBR into two categories: YA and Adult. I am notorious for not being able to follow a TBR so I’m going to add a bit of fluidity to mine and add 10 alternates: 5 YA and 5 adult. One of my personal goals for this challenge is to read 10 from each category. If I’m not feeling one of the YA books on my main list then I can choose one of my YA alternates.
- Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu
- Windwitch by Susan Dennard
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
- The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
- Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Everland by Wendy Spinale
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- After You by Jojo Moyes
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
- Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- American War by Omar El Akkad
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- Room by Emma Donaghue
- Euphoria by Lily King
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
So those are my books for the summer! I’m really excited to dive into these. I will also have a few ARCs I need to read as well so those will be mixed in throughout the summer as well.
Are you participating in this challenge? Even if you aren’t, do we have any of the same books on our summer TBRs?
And one last photo for good measure of the whole lot that surprisingly fit on one shelf!