Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Five Stars)

Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Five Stars

“If you go in with fear, fear is what you find.”

Totally awesome. The best science fiction I’ve read this year. Called a science fiction thriller and a romance, it goes beyond many genre expectations. Explores how choices relate to identity. We are who we chose to be.

“I have total control, but only to the extent that I have control over myself.”

Well-conceived, well-developed, well-written.

“I’m not allowed to think I’m crazy. I’m only allowed to solve this problem.”

The title, of course, is a pun. The story only tangentially relates to physical dark matter; it really launches from M- or membrane theory, which applies to all matter … we think … maybe.

“Completely oblivious to … a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

I’ve just read two excellent novels relating to string or membrane theory, the other being Liu Cixin‘s  Death’s End. Both explore the possibilities I alluded to in my essay In Defense of Reading Fiction 104. The potential is endless. Schrödinger’s cat lies.

“You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.”

Don’t care for the cover art.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” A. Einstein

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Five Stars)

  1. Oh, wonderful review! I look forward to talking about this book with you and the others. So glad you liked it. You know much more than I do about membrane theory, etc. I’d like to understand more. I suspect that’s why I wanted to read Death’s End after I read your review.

    What I can say of the cover? It sure is bright.

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