“Dark Matter” (Blake Crouch) – Insanity par Excellence

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Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Science Fiction

Year of Publication: 2016

Pages: 352

ISBN: 1447297571 (ISBN13: 9781447297574)

Synopsis

This hi-octane Sci-Fi thriller is about the influence of the choices we make in our lives. Its about Jason Desson who wakes up one morning in a world where everyone knows him but he doesn’t know anyone. His wife, his son, his home and everything else dear and near to him  is gone. He is split between two worlds … is he dreaming now or has he been dreaming his whole life? This is an insane roller-coaster that leaves you breathless, gasping for more.

“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”  – Blake Crouch (quoted form “Dark Matter”)

Our Rating

4_star

Review

If this book was a vehicle, it certainly would’ve earned a few tickets for its ludicrous speed and its venturing into unwarranted territories.

Anybody out there who doesn’t know what “being driven crazy” feels like??? anybody who feels the desire to be slapped out of sanity??? anybody who can no longer differentiate between awkwardness and awesomeness???

I don’t know about anyone else … but after spending two completely sleepless nights to finish this book … I certainly have reached mental crossroads … i feel as if I have gained unfathomable wisdom … and yet, at the same time I feel like a lunatic. This is what this book and its mind-bending story has done to me. If this book was a vehicle, it certainly would’ve earned a few tickets for its ludicrous speed and its venturing into unwarranted territories.

Its entirely commendable how the writer keeps playing with the strings of reality while singing a song about imaginary worlds.

Even if I try to provide spoilers for this book, I can not think of anything which can spoil the fun of reading it for anyone. It moves at such a pace that you find yourself breathless by the time you reach the acknowledgments. The amazing thing is that all these mind-bending twists are continuously supplemented by heart-wrenching emotions.

Whereas, at the surface, its the Sci-fi awesomeness of the story which grasps your attention, but as you analyse the book deeper, you get amazed by its symbolical genius which actually sheds a very though-provoking light on the impact of choices that we make in our lives. Its entirely commendable how the writer keeps playing with the strings of reality while singing a song about imaginary worlds.

Final Word

I want to write so much more about the book… but that definitely would make me spill out some crucial aspects of the story. All I can say is that the book teaches us that the choices we make in life always have long-lasting impacts… and my choice of reading this book and its impact on my mind is sure going to stay with me for a long time.

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