Review: Recursion

By Blake Crouch
336 pages
Published June 11, 2019 by Crown Publishing Group
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

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.

Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. 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?  

I absolutely loved Dark Matter, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Recursion! My undergraduate degree was in psychology, and all the brain biology and neuroscience was my favorite, so this book was perfect for me! As I said  in my review of Dark Matter, I read VERY little science fiction, but anything psychology based like this definitely grabs my attention! This book was a crazy wild ride!!! I could not put it down and was telling literally everyone I knew how excited I was about the book while I was reading it!

While I absolutely loved this book, it took some work to follow--you REALLY had to pay attention. Don't read this one when you're sleepy. It was tricky to follow at times, and I was really glad I had the physical version of the book--dates were important in this book and I frequently had to flip back to see which date I was reading about. And, as is normal with sci-fi--you just have to go with it when it doesn't make sense or seem logical.  However, don't let that scare you--it was SO WORTH the read. In addition to a wild ride, this book was also deeply emotional. Our memories are so connected to our emotions, particularly the memories that Helena was so intent on saving.

This is definitely on my list of top reads of 2019. Blake Crouch is definitely an auto-read author for me. I encourage you to read this one, even if sci-fi isn't your thing--and especially if you're a psychology nerd like me!

"Time is an illusion, a construct made out of human memory. There's no such thing as the past, the present or the future. It's all happening NOW." -Page 97

Happy Reading!