I got an advanced reader copy of Blake Crouch's (Of Wayward Pines fame) new novel Dark Matter. It took me two days to read. TWO DAYS. I normally don't read thrillers, but this one was pretty good. It helped that I really enjoyed the Wayward Pines tv show last year. That sucker. I can normally guess where something's going pretty early. I had no clue with that one. I can say those are the best kind of stories for me.
This is going to be kind of hard to review, because if you say too much, you give the whole plot away. So I'll be super vague in my bullet points.
- The action starts right away and doesn't let up. The trouble begins when local college professor Jason Dessen goes out for a quick drink to celebrate his friend's prestigious science award, and talking about accomplishments turns into talking about what ifs. The story spirals from there.
-Dark matter, Schrodinger's cat, and superposition are talked about casually through the book but are explained enough in layman's terms so that you can get a general grasp on the technology.
-There are parts of the book you have to suspend disbelief. Some of the theories and subplots aren't likely (or even possible), but it's believable enough, and fast enough, that you don't care.
-The characters are likable, even the ones that you want to hate.
-There is so much going on toward the end of the book, but Crouch manages to make a spectacular turn around, and spin an ending I didn't really see coming. It was smart, clever, and a little bit hopeful.
If you like thrillers then I would recommend this book. Even though it treads on some familiar ground it manages to keep things fast and suspenseful. (Again, can't really review it all the way-Spoilers you know?)
*I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*