Dark Matter kept showing up as a best seller on every book site I visited, so I figured I should read it while its hot, I read it in two days. My Sister’s Keeper was an accidental read, I picked up the book for 10cents at a local thrift shop.
Blake Crouch – Dark Matter
Ahhh! I don’t know how to write this review without spilling the beans on the book. First off, let me say, this one is a true science fiction work of art. Blake Crouch is on his way to being one of my favorite sci-fi authors. There were a few times early in the book I thought to myself “that’s too easy! I know whats happening here!” only to have my hypothesis smashed to bits on the next page. I couldn’t put the book down, because frankly I wanted to know “what the heck is going on?!”
Dark Matter is thrilling, dark, sciencey, futuristic perhaps, and a perfect book for nerds who sit around and wonder about the paths they haven’t taken, or will take, or have taken in their dreams but not real life, or maybe how far they would go to back up and take a different path, or how far they would go for the ones they love. Gosh, I’m a little worried that sentence gives too much away, but how can it? It’s just as mind boggling as the book is. So nerds, sci-fi fans, thriller readers, go ahead and one click this one. I LOVED IT.
“What if all the pieces of belief and memory that comprise who I am–my profession, Daniela, my son–are nothing but a tragic misfiring in that gray matter between my ears? Will I keep fighting to be the man I think I am? Or will I disown him and everything he loves, and step into the skin of the person this world would like for me to be?
And if I have lost my mind, what then?
What if everything I know is wrong?
I am not losing my mind.”
Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
I just love reading Jodi Picoult books. She has a way to make you feel like the story she is telling isn’t just a story in a book, but a real story with real people we can relate to. The story is fiction and about a 13 year old girl who was a “designer” baby created to be the perfect match to her sister that has leukemia. Anna spends her whole life being the medical match, from her stem cells at birth to bone marrow and now she is being asked to donate a kidney. Anna decides to hire a lawyer to get medical emancipation from her parents, so she can control if she donates or not. All the while her sister is dying, and her brother is being ignored at every turn. So much so, that he turns to entertaining himself with arson so that his firefighter dad has to leave their families side to respond.
The book is a page-turner, one of those you don’t want to put down until you finish it. There is a movie, made based off the book, if you have seen it you have NOT read the book. The movie is missing so many key points, the brothers story, more insight into the lawyer and the court appointed liaison. In addition, the book ends completely different than the movie. WAY different than the movie, just be prepared with your tissues, it was a bit of a tear-jerker.
“There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass – if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it’s okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.”
“There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it’s the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It’s far easier than telling ourselves the truth.”