Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: “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.

My Thoughts: Wow!!! This book blew my mind! A fun adventure from the first page to the last, my jaw dropped several times while reading this. There were many unexpected moments that I never saw coming. This is the kind of story you want to go into blindly because the revelations make it amazing.

This is the epitome of a thought provoking book…I can’t stop thinking of the plot and all of the things that are presented in the story.

The protagonist, Jason, is very likable and I was rooting for him throughout the story. His wife Daniela was a bit less well known…you only saw her through Jason’s eyes but it was clear how much he adored her.

I appreciated that the author didn’t need to use gore or vulgarity to make the story impactful.

This story crosses several genres…science fiction, suspense, mystery, thriller, romance, and even has some horror aspects. I truly believe that this is the kind of book that would appeal to a large audience of readers.

This book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone. It will live on my favorites list.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Armada by Ernest Cline Review

armadaGenre: Science Fiction

Plot: Zack Lightman, high school senior, is ranked number 6 in the world in his favorite video game, Armada. One day, he thinks he might need to take a break from playing it as he sees an enemy ship from his game flying outside his school window. Soon after, Zack finds out that his skills are needed in the upcoming battle against an alien attack.

My thoughts: I was a bit hesitant to read this book as I have never been a “gamer”. I dabbled in Atari and Super Nintendo as a kid, but it was never something that I truly loved. That being said, this book was still an extremely fun adventure. There were many gaming references that whizzed over my head but they didn’t affect my understanding of the story. The story surprised me in several places and didn’t go in the direction that I expected it to (which was a good thing). Cline is extremely gifted as a writer and creative with his plots…he is very skilled at world building…I felt like I was walking beside Zack throughout the story. The main character Zack develops through the story and is someone you really want to root for.

This book would cater to a large audience…there is something in it for almost everyone. It’s the kind of book that people who don’t like to read could really enjoy, especially if they prefer video games (i.e. adolescent boys). I have never considered myself a fan of Science Fiction but this book has me questioning that now.

My Rating: 4/5 stars…Read it!

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Review

rpoGenre: Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Plot (From back cover): In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.  Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines-puzzles that are based  on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win-and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My thoughts: If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be fun. This is the book you want to pick up if you want to get lost in a fun world of adventure. I really loved almost everything about this book.

The Good: This book has tons of 80s pop culture references, which made it so much fun. I was born in 1980 and remember playing some of the Atari games mentioned in the book…I also loved the movie references. I found myself googling some of the unfamiliar ones and loved learning things that I didn’t know. Wade, the protagonist, was extremely likeable…he was the kind of character that you have to root for. The world building was perfect, I was able to picture everything that was described so vividly and found myself wishing that OASIS was a real thing. The author points out some of the negative things about living in a virtual world, which I really appreciated. It was a bit scary to realize that the world in this book could easily become a reality based on where we are today.

What I didn’t Like: My main gripe about this book was with 2 pages in the beginning of the book. The author presents his political and religious views in a very “ranty” kind of way that seemed very out of place and uncharacteristic for Wade, the narrator. These pages weren’t relevant to the story and seemed out of place. After reading this, I became very disenchanted with the story and it took me a while to start enjoying it (I even considered dropping it because I found it very offensive). If those 2 pages would have been omitted, this would have easily been a 5 star book for me. I also felt like the last 100 pages dragged a little bit, the action scenes felt a bit too long (but I’m not a huge fan of action scenes).

My Rating: 4/5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to almost anyone, especially if you loved the 80s (who doesn’t???) or if you’re a gamer.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith Review

lockdownThe Plot from Goodreads: Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible – escape – is the only hope.

Genre: Young adult, Horror, Science Fiction

Series: This is book 1 of a 5 book series

My Thoughts: I would NEVER want to go to Furnace! The story is about Alex, who has been sent to Furnace, an underground prison for teenage boys. He meets his new roommate, Donovan and makes a friend named Zee. Things at Furnace are very hard and scary. Survival is not easy.

The good: The author’s descriptions are very detailed so that the reader is able to very clearly see Furnace. The story had action non-stop from the first page to the last. The pacing is great and the writing style is very easy to get into.

The Not So Good: The book has a lot of unanswered questions but it is book 1 of a 5 book series so I’m sure everything will be resolved eventually. I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters as much as I would have liked. The main character, Alex, drove me crazy with some of his choices.  The book ended with a huge cliffhanger, which may be a negative for some people but I’m planning on reading the second book soon, so it’s not really a negative for me.

My rating: 4/5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a creepy story that is a bit bizarre.