Thursday, November 21, 2019

Review: "Recursion" by Blake Crouch

A year ago, I read Blake Crouch's Dark Matter while on a five-hour flight home from San Francisco. (Best. Vacation. Ever.) When I learned Crouch had a new book releasing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it ... except I had to, as there was a long waiting list at my library! My hold finally came in, and the wait was worth it!

Memory makes reality.

That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. 

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?

Just as I experienced with Dark Matter, I struggled to get into Recursion at first. But once that switch flipped, boy did it ever!

There's time travel. The chance to change the past. Minority Report-like implications. And it's so dang entertaining! There's not much else to be said, as this is one of those books that you just have to experience for yourself.  4 stars.

Note: This book contains fairly liberal use of the "f-word," as well as other explicit language. There's some non-explicit violence and mentions of sex. R-rated territory for language; mild PG-13 for everything else.

Buy the book. (affiliate link)
Read my review of Crouch's Dark Matter (4-1/2 stars).

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I borrowed this book and chose to review it. The opinions expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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