I’ll be honest. I haven’t been reading many books lately. I’ve been listening to them! Now that I drive to work, I pop them on my car audio and listen my entire 30 minute (or more like 40 minute now that schools in session) commute to work.
So I was happy I had some downtime to read some actual books that aren’t electronic!
Dark Matter is a sci-fi thriller that’s synopsis describes it as: ““Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.” It reminds me a little bit of the Martian and the movie Interstellar (think the tesseract). The book can lose you a bit in the tech-y quantum physics references but even if you have no background experience in physics, you’ll still love this book. I don’t want to go too far into details for fear that I’ll spoil the book for you, but I can tell you that the last 100 pages BLEW MY MIND! I finished this book on my 1.5 hour plane ride from Chicago to DC.
Crouch has a great way of telling stories which make you feel connected to the characters almost immediately. He’s also great at creating clear images to help you visualize the entire story.
I think that overall this story is a bit of a love story and for anyone who’s facing a quarter-life crisis, you absolutely should read it! Also maybe try to read up on the theory of Schrodingers cat before you read this. It might be helpful ahead of time 😉
For the people who have already read Dark Matter: Am I the only one who wanted to know more about Amanda or wanted her to come back in the end?
Thank you to Blogging for Books for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
In a Dark, Dark Woods
I’ve actually been meaning to read another Ruth Ware book “The Woman in Cabin 10” after I read a review from Amanda, but I was in need of a new book and they only had this book in the airport book store. So I grabbed it to read. Again it was quick read and I finished it in about 3 days. If you want to read the synopsis, check out the goodreads page here. But here’s how I’ll describe it:
Remember that friend you had in middle school who was always just a bit better than you, prettier, funnier, wittier? Okay now imagine if that issue still persisted into your adulthood and you were always still concerned about her? Great. Now she’s getting married and even though you lost touch, you still feel some obligation to go to her “hen” (bachelorette) party.
All things in the book were a bit of a stretch to me like her obsessively weird friend, Flo, the designer brands that are always mentioned, the fact that Nora even went to the bachelorette party, how no one objected to going along with terrible bachelorette plans (freaking shotgun ranges??), how Nora acted around the police. The list can keep going on. In addition, I felt that there were a few too many flashbacks or overly descriptive parts that I skimmed through. It was suspenseful and weird, but not frightening at all to me.
TBH, I’d suggest these thrillers any day before picking up In a Dark, Dark Woods.
Next up, I’m reading Go Set a Watchman. Any suggestions for what to read next?