Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic and you just post 5 books that fit that topic. This week’s topic is top 5 books to read without reading the synopsis: we all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.
Personally, I recommend reading this book without having read the synopsis because based on the synopsis, I already figured out what I feel like was supposed to be a kind of mystery for the plot in Dark Matter. Going in blind really won’t take anything away from this story, but I do think it’ll add more suspense to it.
I honestly think I would’ve liked this book so much better if I hadn’t read the synopsis. The synopsis describes a very different book than readers actually get, setting expectations that aren’t going to be fulfilled. The book is much more focused on self-discovery and family than the synopsis lets on, so if that’s your thing, you might like this – just don’t read the blurb.
Okay, to be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure I would recommend this book at all considering the questionable portrayal of Natives and all-around disappointing writing. HOWEVER, if you want to give it a try, I’d recommend doing it without reading the synopsis. The blurb led me to think the majority of the focus would be on the paleontology and rivalry, but in reality, it focused way more on the forbidden romance between Rachel and Samuel. I really didn’t like this book, but maybe it’s because my expectations didn’t line up with what was actually delivered in the book.
You don’t necessarily need to avoid this synopsis completely, but you should definitely recognize that it doesn’t give a great look at the whole story. First of all, it doesn’t even mention that the lead character, Autumn, has anxiety. And it also makes it seem as if the entire story takes place over the course of one weekend which it doesn’t. So while it gives you a decent look at the story, it really isn’t the best synopsis I’ve seen.
I’m just going to stop at four this time because I’m having a hard time thinking of a fifth book to include. Don’t get too mad at me 😉