[Review] Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Crown Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback

“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.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


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My thoughts:

I received this complimentary book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion. 

My mind has been blown into bits. I have no words at all, but I’m still going to try my best to translate all my confused thoughts into words. Never did I expect this book to be complex and interesting enough for me to enjoy. I somehow expected it to be a little good because the hype is there and thank God it’s true.

This is the part where I usually describe or summarize the book, but I don’t think you’ll enjoy it if I give you any information about it. It is best to dive in without any idea at all. However, I’m still going to include some words that will kind-of cover up the entire premise, and they are: multiverses, action, love, and mind-boggling (for you).

“I think about you every second. I think about all the choices we’ve made that created this moment. Us sitting here together at this beautiful table. Then I think of all the possible events that could have stopped this moment from ever happening, and it all feels, I don’t know…”

“What?”

“So fragile.”

I don’t know if that will be able to coerce you to go to a bookstore right now and grab a copy for yourself and read it instantly because it is so damn good that it mostly kept me at the edge of my seat. It is action-packed and thrilling, and it always make me literally question my humanity and the world. I definitely don’t want to spoil anything good because I believe it’s for you to enjoy and decipher on your own.

The characters are OK; it’s not that typical annoying people in books, but they are just like how normal people roll. The book does not really have a lot of characters being introduced, mainly because the main character is the highlight of the story. Although, there are times that it will be confusing, so watch out because I won’t tell.

” ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.’ ” – Albert Einstein

One reason why I still continued reading this is because of the adventure of the main character. It sparks my curiosity which then will become fun. Again, I do not want to talk much about this because I want you guys to enjoy it as much as I did. Despite the ending having a nice closure, I still wanted more because I somehow expected a lot for the ending. Thus, it made me take off a star.

From all the things that I have uttered in this review, you know that I truly recommend this book. I also felt a Rick & Morty vibe while reading the book, so if you like that animation show, you will definitely like this one. Also, I rarely read anymore, but I still want to give my hundred percent on reviews (and I also want to fully enjoy the book I’m reading). I’m forcing you to buy or order a copy now.

4 swords4 stars for the mindfuckery!


About the author:

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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.


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[Review] League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

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Title: League of American Traitors
Author: Matthew Landis
Publication: August 8th 2017 by Sky Pony Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: e-ARC

When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.he confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


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My thoughts:

It was so, so difficult to keep up with the pacing of this book. I really wanted to like this one because of its interesting premise, but it just did not work out that well for me. The concept was well-thought of, however the execution was the one extremely lacking. The potentiality that it could have delivered greatly had me in high hopes.

The League of American Traitors is an association of historic traitors that has made America today. Jasper, who has a traitorous father, is definitely on the ropes when he is invited to this association. His life is at stake, as well as the other descendants of historic people. Although he wants to amend and correct history, he is hindered by obstacles and people who do not want to rewrite history.

I do not really have a lot to say about this book because I did not really feel anything while reading this. To be completely honest, it was hard to coerce myself to finish the book. The author’s way of writing was normal, but I felt that that were no emotions at all. The ending which was supposed to be a part that makes you somehow, at the least, emotional, but it just did not make me feel that way.

To give you a more vivid detail, I could perhaps compare this book to a roller coaster who only goes up and down without twists and turns. In the first part of the book, there was not a single thing that interest me at all. But, all of a sudden, the middle part kept me at the edge of my seat because this book delivered me what I truly enthused over. Then, it just slowly went downhill again, and even the climax did not feel like a climax at all.

Before I end my review, there are still some good and commendable things about this book. First, the title is very intriguing which made me curious. Next, the action that it has brought was packed and intense. Last, the premise is what I completely admire about this book. Unfortunately, it just did not hold up its end of the bargain.

From what I can say, the book has a potential because of its concept, but the concept has a really wide scope, thus I believe that it takes time to execute it well. Also, the characters were introduced in a rush, and the author just splashed names and names into my face without me getting to keep up. I just really wish that it could have been a lot better.

2 swords2 swords for historic disappointment!


About the author:

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Raised in Bucks County, PA, I returned home after four amazing years at Penn State to the greatest job of all time: teaching 8th graders American History.  I also convinced the most ridiculously amazing girl I’ve ever known to marry me, bought a dog, lived in a renovated barn for two years, and then decided it was time for a home that didn’t have animals underneath.

It’s simpler than that: I love history, but not in the old, awful, kill-me-now-please kind of way. My passion is convincing my students that the past is actually hilarious, shocking, tragic, disturbing, and altogether UN-boring.  While getting my graduate degree in History at Villanova, I realized that there was yet one more way to do this: write contemporary young adult books laced with history to convince my students that the past doesn’t have to be a life-sucking topic. That’s a huge reason why I wrote The League of American Traitors.

Some other stuff: I love poetry but don’t understand it; I want Gordon Ramsay to give me a fatherly hug at some point; I tend toward the unapologetically dramatic; I’m a recovering gamer who can sometimes be found reading the novelization of HALO. I firmly believe that self-deprecating humor is the best kind.


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[Review Fest #3] The Kingdom of Assassins by Erik Mackenzie

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Title: The Kingdom of Assassins
Author: Erik Mackenzie
Publication: May 18th 2015 by Conrad and Mackenzie
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback

When a raid on a terrorist cell leaves no survivors and few clues, New York City police have a problem: since the tip was anonymous, they have no idea why the terrorists were there.

Detective Mike Maclaymore has the impossible task of finding out what the cell was planning. When a Saudi princess shows up to ID one of the bodies, he knows this goes deeper than anyone feared. He and the princess pair up to learn the truth, neither sure they can trust the other.

The trail leads to a Saudi diplomat, beheaded in his apartment. And to a shadowy figure from Mike’s past as a Black Ops soldier in wartime Afghanistan—a warlord hunted by all sides, and caught by none.

Now Mike races to uncover his identity, and stop an attack that will destroy New York City—and then the U.S. economy.


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My thoughts:

I received a review copy from the author himself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

The Kingdom of Assassins tells a story about a detective trying to solve a case wherein a terrorist attack suddenly occurred. Someone anonymous has told the detective about the plan of the terrorist beforehand. A Saudi princess came to him, bearing a lot of information, that led them to team up to uncover the truth from these attacks.

Honestly, the whole thing was confusing. I didn’t know where the story was going. Its directions are going to multiple places at once. It was hard for me to keep up with the book because it felt like there was no story at all. I have no idea what’s really happening.

“Every day of your life is a page of your own history.”

Not to mention the chapters of this book. There were a lot of viewpoints on this book. From a detective to a princess of Arabia to a prince of Iran. It felt like that there were too many characters and the author failed to focus on their development.

The pace of this one was unbelievably slow. The book felt dragging on the first hundred pages, and I just didn’t feel like reading this anymore. Fortunately, the pace kept up, and the scenes started to get intense and action-packed. It actually seemed like a CSI episode, it’s amazing.

“Every dead body had a story to tell. Some were novels, other poems. We all die, and it happens in a million different ways. Some reach horrific endings, others die in piece; some die cowards and others heroes– but everyone dies.”

There were a lot of things I did not understand about this book mainly because of the jargon it uses. It was technical; it was difficult to understand, but there were some words that I understood because I was familiar to them. Despite the jargon words being complex, those words definitely add a beautiful element to the story. Ultimately, the ending of this book was confusing as well. It kind-of ended with a cliffhanger, but it had a unique way on ending it. Surely enjoyed this one, but some problems just got in the way.

3 swords3 swords for this action-packed, intense novel!


About the author:

Erik Mackenzie lives in New York and is busy creating the Manga graphic novel adaptation of The Kingdom of Assassins.


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