Published by Crown on July 26th 2016
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Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well, Well, Well Blake Crouch has done it again. When I saw this book offered on NetGalley, I felt like the kid in class: you know the kid that sits in the front row: sitting straight up waving his/her arm in the air as if to say “pick me pick me”. I selected “Request it” and crossed my fingers and silently whispered “pick me pick me”
I was picked! This is my second Blake Crouch novel and it will not be my last. There is something really compelling and intelligent about the way Crouch writes.
“I feel the wind in my face as I ride in the bed of an old pickup truck down a county road at night, dust swirling red in the taillights and the entire span of my life yawning out ahead of me. It’s the beautiful thing about youth. There’s a weightlessness that permeates everything because no damning choices have been made, no paths committed to, and the road forking out ahead is pure, unlimited potential.”
I don’t really consider myself a big fan of science-fiction type books, but I’m a fan of Blake Crouch books. He has a way of writing that makes sense. I can picture the scenes he has created. I am drawn into his worlds. In this book, Jason Dessen is kidnapped at gun point, taken to an out of the way location and drugged. When he wakes up, he is told “Welcome Back” by a man who claims to be friends with him, and his wife and son are nowhere in sight. He soon learns that his son does not exist and his wife is not his wife. Thus begins the Dark Matter journey.
As I mentioned, Crouch is a gifted and intelligent writer who can take a subject such as physics/quantum physics and make it sound not only interesting but makes it almost understandable to us, the reader. That is a gift in and of itself. As I mentioned this is a science-fiction novel but it is also a love story. It’s a story about physics, love, life choices, and coming home.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it fast and then wished that I hadn’t. Isn’t that the way of great books? I just have to keep turning the pages, I need to know more, I want to read more, it’s past my bedtime but I don’t care because I need to finish this book to see what happens. That is what I experienced when I read Pines (by Crouch) and when I read this book.
I highly recommend this book. Don’t be intimidated by it being a book that may be outside of the book genre you most enjoy. This book is so well written that I think just about anyone will enjoy it. It has depth and some of the writing is just plain beautiful.