Traveling Sister In a Coulee: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #BookReview #travelingsistersread


Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Kristin and read in The Traveling Friends Group

Boxes and multiverses and quantum physics, oh my!

This is one thought-provoking, page-turning, blood-pressure-elevating, fast-paced son of a book, and I enjoyed every little action-packed minute of it!


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

I don’t read much science-fiction, and for that reason, I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t have to be a sci-fi veteran in order to get sucked into the brilliance of this one. You don’t even have to be that big a fan of the genre, in my opinion.

It’s best I tiptoe around spoilers here, because *details* can be dangerous little revealers, so I’ll focus on writing…


“No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice.”

You know that feeling when you’re reading a book whose ideas are so unique and intelligent and intricately-constructed that you have to reread certain concepts once or five times just to prove to yourself that you got this, and that, no, you are not an actual idiot?

Well, yeah, some of that, but I sorted it out.

The way this author has formed a reality-based off these concepts is astounding, and all of it—every single minute detail—has a sturdy foundation to stand upon and will hold up well under scrutiny. Go back and check for yourself if you want, Blake’s got it all covered.


“Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse?”

(LOVE this quote!)

The prose here is beautiful—eloquent wording materializing into imagery so vivid you’ll feel as though you’re inside of it, leaving your own footprints in the snow alongside these characters. We are made to dissect our choices in life. To be concerned over where they’ll lead us and accept the fact that we’ll never truly know unless we live them.


“Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together.”

DARK MATTER is a thrilling ride that’ll keep you on edge, tense with anticipation until that final page is swiped. It proposes the theory that we hold the power to create our own reality–our own destiny–an idea not so far off-base for many, myself included, and makes you wonder just how far you’d go to live out your best life possible.

This story is not only about science, but about sacrifice and strength and LOVENamely love, in fact—because, truly, what in all the worlds is more important?

Norma and I read this one a while back before we started the groups and read them on our own.

Norma’s Review

Brenda’s review

Have you read Dark Matter?  Drop us a comment!



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