Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Dark Matter

Title Dark Matter
By Blake Crouch
Genre Adult Sci-fi
Rating ⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Jason Dessen lives a somewhat mediocre life with his wife and child. Once upon a time he could have chosen to go a different route but he didn't. When he's abducted and wakes up in a alternate universe where he has no wife and child and gets to see where his life could have gone, his mediocre life doesn't seem so mediocre after all and he'll do anything to get the life he had back.

First Sentence
I love Thursday nights.



Another book club read. Since I read and loved Crouch's Pines (the first book in the Wayward Pines series) I was very excited to read this one. Sadly, it didn't do much for me for several reasons.

First of all I've read several multiverse novels lately. It seems like that's the "In" thing right now and I'm a bit tired of them. They're hard to follow and wrap you're head around and must be done right. This one was not done right.

Littered with problems that were quickly brushed under the rug for the sake of the story, I found myself growing increasingly more angry as I listened to this one. Sure, it was a fast paced ride but that doesn't make up for all its flaws.

Luckily, I wasn't the only one at book club that felt this way. Usually I feel like I'm alone in my dislike of a book but there were a few other people there that had just as many issues with it as me.

Burnt out on multiverse stories or not, this one was just too flawed for me to appreciate. I'll still give Crouch's other books a chance, though.

Should you read it
No. I can recommend a few other multiverse books that are better than this one.

19 comments:

  1. I've not read anything by this author. I suppose I'll have to give this book a miss and try his other books instead.

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  2. Jenny, I read this one last year and enjoyed it a little more then you but not one I would recommend. I just read my review again, 3 1/2 stars, interesting. If you want to read my review.

    I also enjoy novels in Verse, it is been a few years of reading one though.

    https://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2016/10/review-dark-matter-by-blake-crouch.html#comment-form

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    1. I think I would have liked it better if it wasn't so cliche right now.

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  3. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who didn't like it too. I will have to try his other books.

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    1. Yeah, you need to. If this one didn't taint you too bad.

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  4. I think I'd rather spend my time reading his Wayward Pines series.

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  5. I really like reading multiverse books, but I'll skim this one. I hope your next read (and next book club book) are amazing!

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  6. Other than Kami, who else hated it?

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    1. Mostly it was just us but Jessica A started to agree with us by the end.

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  7. I haven't read many multiverse books, but I enjoyed this one. I loved the Pines series.

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    1. I Liked the first Pines book a lot better than this one.

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  8. What??? I LOVED this book. I haven't read many multi-verse novels and this one blew my mind. Sorry it didn't do the same for you.

    The Wayward Pines series is much easier to read, for sure. I really enjoyed it, too. I'll be interested to see what Crouch does next.

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    1. Ha Ha! Sorry. I didn't hate it I was just super underwhelmed.

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  9. This was my first multiverse novel and I loved it - absolutely could not put it down. So, I'm definitely curious what books you liked better. I didn't even know there were more multiverse novels out there!

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    1. Version Control by Dexter Palmer is sort of Multiverse and I liked it a lot better. However, it's a lot slower than this one was.

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