Cover Love: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Please note that this post includes spoilers.

If you haven’t read Dark Matter, I’m not kidding: the book is much better if read it without hearing spoilers. In other words, read the post only after you finish the book. If you still need to read it, find the book here: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads.

Most cover images are taken from a question posted by Katie, who facilitated the discussion on the book in the Facebook group. I’ve also quoted her commentary on the German and Spanish titles, as I thought it was very insightful.

Dark Matter American hardback cover

The American hardback cover, and the one I was familiar with before searching for additional covers. It’s eye-catching, but before reading the book I didn’t care for it. After finishing the book, I can appreciate the subtle hints it provides to the story.

Dark Matter American paperback cover

The American paperback cover. I feel like this is more distracting than the very similar hardback version, but emphasizes the thriller aspect of the novel.

Dark Matter Australian cover

The Australian version. I get what they’re doing with what looks like red paper cut into strips, but it doesn’t do much for me as a cover, and it wouldn’t make me pick up the book.

Dark Matter German cover

The German cover. “The subtitle is odd, because he’s not a time-traveler, he’s a multiverse traveler. But time travel is Zeitreise, so I guess maybe the plural Zeiten conveys the multiple worlds? And then runner because it’s a race to return to his life/the thriller aspect. Mostly I just love the blurb, because Wahnsinn (craziness) is one of my favorite words in German, and also totally describes this book! Germans and their understatement.”

Dark Matter Spanish cover

The Spanish cover “focuses more on the dark matter of the title (materia obscura = dark matter), with all the little drops of oily black, but it also reminds one of the examples Jason2 uses to explain the multiverse to Daniela, describing each universe as a pond and the fish inside have no idea there are other ponds and a world that holds them.”

Dark Matter Twitter promotional cover

Promotional cover posted to Twitter. Makes complete sense once you know the story, and I’m surprised it was never used in any other way (apparently).

UK paperback cover. I like the maze-like appearance, and that Amanda is there, as she was such a great character. This may be my favorite cover.

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Introducing April’s Book Club Selection: Dark Matter


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

What’s It About?

(Description from Goodreads)

“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.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Why Was This Title Selected

I wanted a thriller for the year, and one that would be super readable and accessable for those who don’t typically read that genre. Buzz I was hearing about the book led me to think this would be a compelling, thought-provoking read that would promote a great discussion!

Anything Else to Know About It?

The discussion will begin soon in the Facebook group, and you’re welcome to come and join us.

If you haven’t read it yet, there’s still time for you to join us – it’s a very quick read, so you should be able to get it read and then join in on the discussion. Heads-up though that I’d stay away from the chat about it until you’ve finished the book; it’d be an easy one to spoil and you’ll miss out on a lot of the fun if you know too much about it before reading it.

It’s available in Print, for Kindle or Nook, or via Audible.

What’s Coming Up in May?

hannah-coulterHannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

What’s it about? An elderly farmwife looks back on her life and world.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads
(Note that you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.)

See all the books we’ll be reading in 2017 here.

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