Recursion

Recursion

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...

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Title:Recursion
Author:Blake Crouch
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Recursion Reviews

  • Matthew

    I am just going to say it – Blake Crouch is t

    I am just going to say it – Blake Crouch is the King of Modern Speculative Science Fiction!

    Here is your crown, Your Majesty! We are not worthy!

    Imagine trying to follow up Dark Matter with something just as unique and mind blowing? I think I probably would have just stopped there if I had written it. The apex would have been reached. There is no way I could have topped it. Even trying would probably have fallen flat . . . feeling like I just could not have done any better.

    To which Emperor Crouch says, “HOLD MY BEER!”

    Recursion is just as mind blowingly unique as Dark Matter. And, much like Dark Matter I cannot say too much about why it is awesome and mind blowing without ruining it. So, I will give you an idea of in what way it blew my mind by comparing to a scene from an episode of Black Mirror. This comparison will not spoil Recursion, but it will spoil Black Mirror, so I will put it in a spoiler tag. If you have watched all Black Mirror episodes or don’t care about spoilers, you can click it without concern.

    So, my mind was blown in the same way as

    Trying to wrap my brain around that scenario is the exact same type of brain wrapping I had going on with this book!

    If you loved Dark Matter, you must read this!

    If you love speculative fiction/sci-fi, you must read this!

    I have no complaints, to me it is just as perfect as I thought Dark Matter was. The only downside is now I will have to wait a long time to see what King Crouch will do next!

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    (4.5) As always, Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great job at mixing thriller and sci-fi genre.

    A mysterious disease starts affecting people’s memory, giving them memories of a life they never lived. NYPD detective Barry Sutton is trying to investigated how the False Memory Syndrome is spreading and ultimately will come to face Helena Smith a neuroscientist who invented a device that’s changing the world.

    Recursion wil

    (4.5) As always, Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great job at mixing thriller and sci-fi genre.

    A mysterious disease starts affecting people’s memory, giving them memories of a life they never lived. NYPD detective Barry Sutton is trying to investigated how the False Memory Syndrome is spreading and ultimately will come to face Helena Smith a neuroscientist who invented a device that’s changing the world.

    Recursion will make you question time, memory and life.

    While the characters and dialogues didn’t grab me from the start, I grew to care about them and their story more and more. By the end, I couldn’t put the book down.

    The story also became a lot darker than I expected (which I loved!) and the concepts mentioned were fascinating.

    If you’ve enjoyed Dark Matter by him, I recommend you pick up this one.

    Can’t wait to see the Netflix adaptation!

  • j e w e l s

    Book readers tend to throw around words like “addictive” and “unputdownable”. But, I'm dead serious about those words. And guys, I’m here to tell you, I read

    straight through dinner last night until I finished at three am this morning. What an intelligent and freakin’ addictive thriller!

    The first half sets up the rest of the book and it is crucial to read carefully and try to understand the very simple quantum physics necessary to travel around in time. LOL.😂

    I fi

    Book readers tend to throw around words like “addictive” and “unputdownable”. But, I'm dead serious about those words. And guys, I’m here to tell you, I read

    straight through dinner last night until I finished at three am this morning. What an intelligent and freakin’ addictive thriller!

    The first half sets up the rest of the book and it is crucial to read carefully and try to understand the very simple quantum physics necessary to travel around in time. LOL.😂

    I finally thought I had the timelines straight in my mind (without the use of a giant white board)--I wanted to keep it straight, so I read. And read. And cried. And marveled. And cried again. And closed the Kindle. And kept thinking and marveling and sighing.

    Who doesn’t want a do-over in life? Personally, I don’t trust anyone that says they live with no regrets. Even if you consider yourself a perfect specimen, I guarantee you have deeply hurt someone’s feelings or perhaps grieved the loss of a loved one. If those aren’t regrets, then you may be a sociopath.

    What if you could go back through your memories and “fix” them? Change events in order to protect children, countries, civilizations.

    This is the question

    poses to the reader. As wonderful an idea as this is, there are, of course, consequences to changing history. Blake Crouch turns his incredible imagination loose in his latest thriller and your mind will be racing trying to keep up him.

    is set in 2007 and 2018, this isn’t futuristic.

    I love sci-fi that reads like it could be factual. I love sci-fi with colorful, endearing characters. I love sci-fi with the entire world’s future at stake and these two characters must save us. I love sci-fi when those two characters carry on an epic love story to end all love stories. ❤️

    I love

    . I think I love it more than

    . And I never thought I would say that!

  • Petrik

    As many readers probably did, my first experience with reading Crouch’s work was for

    . I was super impressed by it and after hearing that the author has a new sci-fi thriller that’s highly recommended for readers who loved

    gave me so much joy; it would be insane for me to not take a look at

    . Do note that taking a look at Crouch’s novel can be surmised as reading the novel non-s

    As many readers probably did, my first experience with reading Crouch’s work was for

    . I was super impressed by it and after hearing that the author has a new sci-fi thriller that’s highly recommended for readers who loved

    gave me so much joy; it would be insane for me to not take a look at

    . Do note that taking a look at Crouch’s novel can be surmised as reading the novel non-stop until completion. This book was undoubtedly exceptional; it was so good that it made

    —which I loved and rated 4.5/5 stars—felt like a practice novel so that Crouch has the skill to unleash the full capacity of his brain towards the creation of this cleverly crafted insanity.

    Two central characters drive the plot. The first main character is Barry Sutton, a cop that’s investigating the mysterious phenomenon dubbed as False Memory Syndrome (FMS)—a phenomenon that drives its victims insane with false memories of a life they never lived. The other main character, Helena Smith, is a neuroscientist that understands the importance of memory; she decides to dedicate her life to create a technology that could preserve any moment of the recipient’s memories. This is pretty much all I can say regarding the general premise. Reviewing Crouch’s book is not an easy task; there’s a huge limitation on how much of the plot I can talk about unless I risk spoiling something and I don’t want that. To avoid spoilers, I will say this:

    is a sci-fi thriller about memories and how precious they are in defining humanity and their sense of identity. Imbued inside this resonating theme was an addictive story about love, loss, ambition, redemption, and life.

    When I started this book, I knew I would be thoroughly engaged by it and Crouch exceeded my high expectations brilliantly. Crouch outstandingly proved that he’s super capable of writing a fast-paced story that doesn’t neglect crucial characterizations.

    was thought-provoking and this book held similar philosophical discussions about life and choices but honestly speaking,

    resonated more with me because I believe that Crouch has improved as an author; his prose was extremely well-polished and the characters were more fleshed out. I truly didn’t expect this novel to be this evocative and large-scale. There were moments where I felt genuinely sad, terrified, and heart-warmed by what the characters went through. The poignant thought-provoking passages made me reflect on life; the gradual increase in stakes and scope that eventually became more destructive and global as the story progressed fully stole my attention cover to cover. I’ve been having difficulties in my life, it’s almost as if this book appeared at the right timing to brighten my mood by teaching me how to think better moving forward; I’m truly grateful for it.

    was relentlessly thrilling, unpredictable, and mind-blowing. Crouch’s narrative was utterly unputdownable, the harrowing events displayed were enormously impactful, and I absolutely loved every moment of reading this vivid magnificence. I can vouch with certainty that

    broke a new milestone for me by becoming the first sci-fi standalone to be included in my ‘favorites’ shelves with a full 5/5 stars rating. Read this breathtaking novel as soon as you can. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

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    I'm convinced that Blake Crouch is

    scienc

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    I'm convinced that Blake Crouch is

    science fiction/fantasy author of our time. You know, the one that readers pre-order their books without reading the description, the one that 50 years from now people are still talking about, dissecting his plot points and their dual meanings? Yeah, that's Crouch.

    While I've enjoyed all of the author's novels to date,

    is the one that sealed the deal in making me a life long fan. (But also

    )

    is another worthy entry in Crouch's SFF productions, and one that felt reminiscent of

    , which made me a very happy Chelsea. Yes, the plot is unique in it's own way, but it still gave off those complex vibes that are a cross between "exciting, high concept thriller" and "deep, emotional family drama".

    The premise of this novel is simple:

    I'm not entirely sure how the author devised the plot for this book, but I imagine it stemmed from a simple question, not altogether different from the one presented above. Once you've read the book, it's easy to see how an entire novel could spring from such an innocent thought. It's clear that Crouch has a way with writing sagas that pull the heartstrings, because all of his ideas that evolve into stories are a delicate balance of intellectually stimulating action and moving, emotional love mingled with loss. The kicker is that the author knows how to write a science fiction that seems so dangerously close to reality, you find yourself turning the last page, shaking your head and chuckling because that could NEVER happen, but secretly wondering if it possibly could.

    If you enjoyed

    and its extraordinary premise, you'll likely fall head over heels for

    as well. A few of the same concepts are used in both novels, but each of these books are truly a labor of love in their own, unique way. Once again, I have found myself floored at how a person's mind could concoct such a brilliant scheme, and I'm looking forward to finding out where Crouch chooses to take us next.

  • Melissa

    Whether you’re a reader that frequents the sci-fi genre, or one that only occasionally takes a risk when it comes to the suspension of disbelief (

    ), recognizing and appreciating the level of creativity behind

    ’s work takes little effort. Time and again, Crouch has proven just how rewarding it can be to take a chance on something different. Something totally outside of my typical. With

    (

    Whether you’re a reader that frequents the sci-fi genre, or one that only occasionally takes a risk when it comes to the suspension of disbelief (

    ), recognizing and appreciating the level of creativity behind

    ’s work takes little effort. Time and again, Crouch has proven just how rewarding it can be to take a chance on something different. Something totally outside of my typical. With

    (

    ) and now

    , Crouch presents readers with a mind-bending reality. While each book provides its own unique and fully immersive journey, they share the provocation of deep thought and emotion on the part of the reader.

    Fair or not, my feelings for

    sent me into

    with the highest of hopes. Hopes that I thought were going to be shattered early on when focusing felt undoable. A science guru I am

    . Wrapping my head around what these characters were trying to achieve with memory recalibration, while simultaneously trying to foreshadow how Crouch would tie the two timelines together,

    . So much so, I had to take a breath for a few days. Following that brief timeout, I did would I should have from the beginning. Instead of trying to make sense of it all—way too early on—I handed the reins back to Crouch and put my faith in his ability to tell an unforgettable story. And sure enough, along the same vein as

    , there was no walking away unscathed or unmoved by his words or these characters.

    The first tease of the storylines converging was all it took for the pitter-patter of this idealistic heart of mine to speed up. And wouldn’t you know, the two characters in question not only managed to steal my heart, but to hold it captive for the entirety of the remaining pages. It was with hope, fear, and bated breath that this lover of love watched the couple’s pilgrimage play out. There’s something to be said for Crouch’s ability to relay a love story of

    caliber within such an intricate and science-based thriller. There are romance authors out there who fail to pull off such an unwavering love; one that transcends several iterations, at that.

    From the very beginning to beyond the final words, Crouch’s exploration of memory, and what it would mean to have the ability to go back and undo those moments that tether our pain, proves to be more than just imaginative fiction.

  • Emily May

    Imagine you woke up one morning and discovered that your entire life - your job, your kids, your friends, all your experiences - wasn't real. It still feels real. You remember it vividly. But you also suddenly remember another life; your

    life. And you are told that the life you remember is a result of FMS (False Memory Syndrome)-- an illusion created by your brain.

    I don't know about you, but tha

    Imagine you woke up one morning and discovered that your entire life - your job, your kids, your friends, all your experiences - wasn't real. It still feels real. You remember it vividly. But you also suddenly remember another life; your

    life. And you are told that the life you remember is a result of FMS (False Memory Syndrome)-- an illusion created by your brain.

    I don't know about you, but that thought is

    In this book, New York City cop Barry Sutton investigates the suicide of a woman with FMS. She killed herself after trying to make contact with the husband from her false memories and finding him married with a child. How strange it is that she remembers an entire life with a man who exists, but he doesn't seem to remember her at all. Barry finds himself needing answers.

    Eleven years earlier, neuroscientist Helena Smith conceives of a technology that can preserve memories and could eventually be a cure for the Alzheimer's that is stealing away her mother's mind. Funded by a mysterious billionaire, Helena builds something that enables people to relive their precious memories. But she never foresees the darker side of the project-- the side that triggers an unraveling of, not only the past, but reality itself.

    Needless to say, these two stories collide and it is some

    . Crouch has written yet another weird, compelling and oddly romantic book. Like

    , you can expect this book to get bigger and wilder than you ever imagined before even a hint of a solution rears its head.

    I do also really enjoy how the author brings a lot of heart to these sci-fi thrillers. Sometimes sci-fi books feel a little cold and emotionally-distant, but

    is ultimately

    . Stories about memories really get to me, because our memories and experiences make us who we are. I

    my memories. And one of the saddest things I can think of is not being remembered by someone you love deeply.

    A thrilling story with very moving moments.

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  • Debra

    "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."

    - George Orwell, 1984

    This was a book I had to sit and think about before writing my review, mainly because I had to let it sink it. What would it be like to live your life over again? What would it be like to go back and change past events? How would this action affect your future? How would it affect the future of others? This book is deep and is thought provoking.

    Blake Crouch has written a very ambit

    "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."

    - George Orwell, 1984

    This was a book I had to sit and think about before writing my review, mainly because I had to let it sink it. What would it be like to live your life over again? What would it be like to go back and change past events? How would this action affect your future? How would it affect the future of others? This book is deep and is thought provoking.

    Blake Crouch has written a very ambitious and carefully crafted book about memory, preserving memory, shifting reality, and using our memories and dangers associated with altering these things. He does this with skill and finesse. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall while he was writing this.

    Neuroscientist Helena Smith has dedicated her life to inventing a device which will preserve our memories. Her intentions are pure. She wants to help her Mother who has Alzheimer’s, she wants to help those experience their happy times once again. But what happens when people begin experiencing False Memory Syndrome - a syndrome that causes irrational behavior in those who experience memories of lives they never lived.

    NYC police officer Barry Sutton begins to investigate the syndrome, he learns that there is more going on than meets the eye (or memory). As he digs deeper, he becomes more involved until he is knee deep in neuroscience, time, memories and a lifetime of trying to get things right.

    I highly recommend making note of the date/YEAR on each chapter as this book is told in both timelines. Things jump around a bit and can be confusing if you are not on your toes keeping track of your time lines. This is a book I really needed to sit and ponder after reading. I found that the more I thought about this book, the more I enjoyed it.

    Blake Crouch has a brilliant creative mind and he puts it to good use in this book. The beginning of this book was work for me until I found my rhythm with this book. Fans of his previous book

    will enjoy this one as well. I did enjoy Dark Matter more mainly because I found it was easier to follow but his one is good, but it took a little more (okay, a lot more) work on my part.

    I also loved that not only is this science fiction it is also a love story and Crouch writes some beautiful passages such as “...I want to breathe the same air as you every minute of every day of my life, no matter how many timelines I live." and "My soul knows your soul in any time line."

    Science Fiction fans, Crouch will not let you down with this book. Read those chapters headers and keep them in mind while reading each chapter as time does jump around.

    Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Holly  B

    From the author of 

    which has been on my reading list for some time, but still haven't read it

    .

    Hmm, that seems like a loaded question and it is! This was quite an edge of your seat, genre crossover that had me needing answers and quick.

    A brilliant neuroscientist Helena Smith, has developed technology that will redefine how we think about time and memory. 

    From the author of 

    which has been on my reading list for some time, but still haven't read it

    .

    Hmm, that seems like a loaded question and it is! This was quite an edge of your seat, genre crossover that had me needing answers and quick.

    A brilliant neuroscientist Helena Smith, has developed technology that will redefine how we think about time and memory. 

    is

    she is headed and some seedy people just might want a piece of this technology. 

    I really enjoyed this fast read, although it took some "work" on my part. A lot happens and moves quite quickly- think Evelyn Hardcastle meets time machine. Lets talk equations, science, timelines, and memory loopy de loops. If you have the patience, this is an entertaining, far-out puzzle to enjoy.

    Interested? Step right in, buckle up, place the helmet on and lets mess with time!

    Thanks to NG/Crown for my review copy.

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    *finishes reading any book by Blake Crouch*

    what the fuck…..

    [at dinner] what the fuck…

    [trying to sleep] what the fuck….

    [in the bathroom] what the fuck….

    [breathing] w hAt THe F uCK

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