Recursion

A mind-bending, plot-twisting thriller about a race against time and memories to remake a world that might crumble from its own forgotten past. Your perception of time and reality will never be the same again!

There are so few things in our existence we can count on to give us the sense of permanence, of the ground beneath our feet.
People fail us. Our bodies fail us. We fail ourselves.
But what do you cling to, moment to moment, if memories can simply change. What, then, is real? And if the answer is nothing, where does that leave us?

— Blake Crouch

Synopsis:

NYPD cop Barry Sutton is perplexed by the recent reports of False Memory Syndrome, where people wake up remembering a past that never happened. As he investigates, he’s pulled farther into a web of confusion and destruction unlike anything he could have ever imagined. Working alongside him is neuroscientist Helena Smith, who had been attempting to create technology to capture our most precious memories. They must race against time itself to remake a world crumbling in on its own forgotten past.

 

Review:

INSANE. This book takes your mind and pretzel-twists it, and then tells you what you THINK is a pretzel is actually a straight line. Oh, and maybe it’s a straight line that doesn’t really exist, but if it does exist then other people would probably just see a black hole, oh and also there is no such thing as a past.

I MEAN…! Wow, I’m exhilarated and exhausted all at the same time.

Thrillers and time-traveling science fiction have never been my go-to genre. I do, however, adore books that make my brain kick into overdrive and have me constantly questioning my understanding of the plot/characters/life/reality. Recursion does all that and more. I felt a connection with the characters and what drove them, and the action felt cinematic and visceral. I was anxiously pinching and nibbling my lips as I read. And read. andreadandreadandread. I could NOT put it down!

Analyzing the plot here would be a complete spoiler-fest, and I think this book is best served as a constant barrage of plot twists and surprises. I had no idea what I was about to read when I picked up Recursion, and I think that worked well to have no pre-conceived notions or expectations. So really, just give it a try. Your brain will curse and thank me.

I’ve never read anything else by Blake Crouch, but I’m definitely picking up his book Dark Matter next!

Life with a cheat code isn’t life. Our existence isn’t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain. That’s what it is to be human – the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without the other.

— Blake Crouch

Recursion
by Blake Crouch
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Summary

A mind-bending, plot-twisting thriller about a race against time and memories to remake a world that might crumble from its own forgotten past. The last bit of the book felt a bit redundant, but overall it was a fantastic ride! Your perception of time and reality will never be the same again!

— Cassie
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