Publisher: Ballantine Books / Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / Thriller
Memory makes reality.
That’s what NYC 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?
Well I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read Recursion by Blake Crouch! I absolutely loved his previous book Dark Matter but for some reason it took me forever to get to this one and believe me I am regretting it. Recursion is so complex and in depth, and I don’t know how Crouch manages to come up with this stuff. It was a great mix of both thriller and science fiction, and I was incredibly intrigued by the time travel aspect as well. You can tell he had to have spent ages researching this and it is very science heavy. However, like his last book, things are explained in a way that the reader can understand most of what is going on with minimal confusion. I love that about his writing, and it is amazing to me that something this complex can be relatively easy to understand just because he is that great of a writer.
One part I especially loved, was the relationship between Barry and Helena. I was surprised that there was a dash of romance in this one, but I loved it and I loved them. There is more than one timeline which could get confusing at times, but for the most part I didn’t have any issues following along although I would say it would be helpful to read this one. I listened to the audiobook, and I loved the way it was done with Jon Lindstrom & Abby Craden narrating, but it could definitely be harder to follow along that way for some people.
The way Crouch wrote this book really impressed me and I agree with the other readers that have called Recursion both unputdownable and addictive. It took me a minute to get into it and I was beginning to wonder if it was my mood, but that changed and then I couldn’t stop. If you loved Dark Matter, I highly recommend reading this too! I also hear it’s going to be on Netflix and that might be the best news I’ve heard all day.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own