I read this between May 15th and May 24th, 2020 and gave it four stars. For the sake of accuracy, it’s more like 4.5, but I always round down on Goodreads. This was simply amazing. It was like reading an action movie and I was totally into it. I had heard other book reviewers talking about this so I kind of knew what it was about, which I probably would’ve preferred not to, but I wasn’t spoiled or anything like that. Even though I have many thoughts and opinions, I’m going to try to be very vague so that you can go into this book, if you choose to read it, which you should, with as little information as possible.
To give you a general idea of the vibe, I’ll say that at first it reminded me of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, which is a book I read last year and that totally destroyed me. When I say I was reminded of the vibe, I don’t mean the plot or the unique elements of each story, but I mean more in terms of genre. It is no secret to anyone that I am not a sci-fi reader, right? But I do enjoy books that have some sci-fi elements or that tend to be speculative. I like to read about a world like ours in which the reader, along with the main character, learns about this new thing. In More Happy Than Not it was this memory-altering treatment, and for a moment I thought that Dark Matter would go down that same route, but it didn’t.
Dark Matter is way more sci-fi heavy than More Happy Than Not, but not in a way that went over my head or that confused me or made me want to wish I were smarter. I even appreciated the fact that there was stuff the main character didn’t know or couldn’t figure out. Oh, right. Without going too much into the plot, Dark Matter is about how there are infinite alternate universes in which the versions of ourselves live as a result of the choices we did not make. I’m making it confusing, but I tell you, it’s not. Blake Crouch was way better at explaining that than I was.
Even though it took me so long to read this book because I was sort of in a reading slump at the time, every time I sat down I had to at least read an hour-long chapter. I am overcoming my fear of long chapters and now I’m starting to prefer them, but besides that, the author had an amazing ability of make each chapter seem like a short story. I swear, they could stand on their own. I had never read something like that, and it made me keep going. If you like Black Mirror, each chapter in this book is like watching an episode of the show, only way better.
You know I’m a sucker for happy, closed endings, and I knew that I would most likely wouldn’t get one in this book. This isn’t a happy book at all. But I also knew that even if I didn’t get everything wrapped in a little bow, it would totally make sense. I’m not going to lie, I got a bit of a book hangover and I think I will still wonder about the characters for a while. And yes, I cried towards the end.
Have you read anything by Blake Crouch? Should I? Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila