Rach Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Oh, Dark Matter. Where to even begin. Honestly though, this book was wild. At one point I was actually saying out loud ‘dude…what!’ while death gripping my hair at the scalp. It was going to be one of those books.

Created in the dark and beautifully dramatic mind of Blake Crouch, Dark Matter is a thrilling and brilliant science fiction novel that explores the duality of multi-verses. It is a fast paced roller coaster through worlds that manifest from your thoughts and emotions, your ‘what if’s’ and unknown paths. And in turn, unknowingly, creating nightmarish worlds that pull you away from your reality. You are taken on a wild ride, whipped through many Chicago-esque landscapes while you follow Jason’s desperate attempts to reconnect with his universe.

But, let’s take it back for a second before things get to that ‘Oh Damn’ moment (and let me tell you, they start right away).

Jason. Average middle aged dude. Beautiful family. Living a ‘normal’ life. I use normal loosely because Jason ‘1’ does live a normal life, until the 32 other Jason’s show up. Never the less! Jason is a college physics professor living in the ‘burbs of Chicago. In his mind, a very average life. In his wife, Daniella’s eyes, a very average life. This story plays on the idea of the what if’s and the forks in the road. Well, what if I decided to not have a kid. What if I decided to turn left rather than right. Jason learns how dangerous it is to think that way.

Hold up. You see how this book is literally an ‘at the edge of your seat’ book? Not yet? Just wait…

A broken and scared Jason is forced, by gun point by a guy in a Geisha mask, to take a drive to the out skirts of the city. He is injected with some serum, and wakes up in a world that is not his own. He wakes up in a mirrored world of a lustful reality. A world where he chose science over family and love. Where he chose success and scientific exploration over a son and loving wife. Daniella is an artist , the artist she had always wanted to be, that she gave up to have Charlie. This universe lets Jason and Daniella be what they always wanted to be, a success in their field of science and art. Jason soon realized that this world is distorted and nothing he wants to be a part of. His kidnapper, whom we find out is Jason (?) swapped lives with him. This relevant scientific prodigy is now sitting in bed, stroking Daniella and celebrating his son’s 15th birthday. Fight or flight is injected into Jason’s veins (kind of literally) and he becomes a man on a mission.

Easier said than done, my friend. In a nail bitting 300 something pages, you are submerged into insane universe of poverty, death, illness, sickness, desires. In each universe something is different, something poses a threat, but each reflect what is in Jason’s mind. In each world Jason is walking a very fine line as he plays with his emotions and feelings he has for Daniella. In each world where she is in existence, he seeks desperate attention, showing how delicate the mind truly is when it comes to love. It shows how his emotions take over, and you see that through the progression of the worlds. His desperation tosses him into universes that reflect his instability.

Once he finally makes it back to his universe, there is no longer just him and Jason 2; there are about 30 other Jason’s all dislodged from different multi-verses, and they all want the same thing – Daniella and Charlie and to take over the ‘real’ Jason’s life.

It was a crazy read. It was so interesting to discover something new in each universe. To understand the emotion and frustration of each universe. To watch Jason race against the clock in attempts to find his world, to see his drive turn into frustration and desperation. The psychological state of Jason develops through out the novel, you see him at his weakest. Through wild theories in to the wind, watching his hope default like an old balloon.

At some points, I was semi lost myself, wondering if my narrator was really who he said he was. Was I listening to the ramblings of the real Jason? Or had he some how got swapped when he was rummaging through the streets fighting to stay alive. Who knows, maybe the Jason at the end of this was not Jason, and is was another form of ‘Jason.’ But that’s what makes this so chilling. The concept of you, standing in a room with double mirrors and seeing the infinite you’s.

Blake Crouch did a fantastic job creating a disoriented universe, and multiple at that, where even the reader feels uneasy. An outstanding, edge of your seat read. Strap in, guys.

05/05 stars

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Autumn Reading List

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. So many fun festivities happen during the autumn months, that it is hard not to get excited! From pumpkin patches and spiced lattes, to a *very* full tummy on Thanksgiving, what is not to love about autumn? I love being out doors in the cool and crisp weather, but there is something about a hot apple cider, a fireplace, piles of cozy blankets, and a good book that is just all too appealing. Books make me happy and I love sharing my to read lists. Here are my current, and autumn reads.

 

Currently Reading

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

What a perfect read for this time of the year. Of course I needed to add in some horror! I have been wanting to read this, year after year, when my group reads it for our October pick, but I never got around to it. This year, I finally got it and I cant wait to finish it.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This has been on my to read list for a while. So many people have told me I need to pick this up and read it. Well, I finally did! I cannot wait to dive in deeper. I love books where you can place yourself into the character, and really actually learn something about yourself as well.

 

To Read

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Raving reviews for this one. So naturally, I must read, like, NOW! I see, and hear, nothing but excellent reviews, as you are brought back in time with an enchanting story. I cannot wait to read this new age masterpiece!

Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom

I have been wanting to read this book for a while. I know how emotional it will be, specifically with what I am going through right now, but I am finally open and ready to read this. The beauty behind their relationship seems so captivating. This seems like the perfect time to sit down, really take in the words that are being said, and written, and reflect on this one.

Darling Days: A Memoir by iO Tillett Wright

This is a coming of age, emotionally raw memoir that I cannot WAIT to get my hands on. It is a recent release (sept. 2016) that is a telling of a young girls growing up in the urban bohemia of New York. With a memoir like this, you can only get the gritty, emotional and personal development of someone. It seems as if it will be a provocative and tantalizing read.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

This is not a newly published book, but one that has been on my list for a while (so many books, so little time!). A mysterious, historical fiction? Sign me up. I see nothing but, yes… great reviews, for this one as well. I love books like these where they transport me to a completely new time and new world. Can’t wait to get this one up on my shelf!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I wanted to put a little self-help/reflecting book in here. I love reading these types of books bit by bit so I can really take them in and reflect on. This book basically simplifies the art of ‘tidying’ up your space. I think reading this book towards the end of the year is going to get me ready and put me in the right mindset for the new year and new goals. Even though it is about tidying your space, it is sure to help you reflect on other aspects of your life.

 

So that is my autumn reading list for this year! I hope you pick up one of the books mentioned above and read it with me! If any of my fellow bibliophiles would like to join me on Goodreads, you can find me here! I also run a really fun book club there (pssst. you should join!). You can join in on all the fun at Coffee & Books.

Leave your autumn reading list down below! If I have time, I will add it to mine!

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