Recursion by Blake Crouch

If you've read any of my previous reviews you'll know that a lot of the books I read come as recommendations from my husband. I also acknowledged recently that I appear to enjoy scifi/thriller books more than I thought, but the books have to be based more on science than fiction. That's why I enjoy Blake Crouch's books, they're based in science, inspired by real discoveries, and they're a stretch of reality but not too much. This week I'm reviewing Recursion by Blake Crouch.

About Recursion


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?

Blake Crouch has invented his own brand of page-turner-fearlessly genre-bending, consistently surprising, and determined to explode the boundaries of what a thriller can be.

Karin Slaughter, #1 internationally bestselling author of Pieces of Her

My thoughts on Recursion by Blake Crouch

Before starting reading Recursion I was looking forward to it. I had just finished Dark Matter and enjoyed reading it so starting another Blake Crouch book sounded like a good idea. 

The first few chapters were easy to read and set the scene, but I couldn't figure out where the story was going. I kept reading, wondering how on earth it could turn into something worth writing a novel about. I was almost half way through the book before I recognised the peril and mystery behind the premise.

The novel is split into 'books' and that is further split between two characters. The shorter 'chapters' swap from one character to the other and that made it easy to keep reading. The shorter chapters or sections were quick to get through and made the choice to continue reading a simple one.

Throughout the book I rooted for the female character, I hoped she would find an answer to her problem. That's not to say I didn't like the main male character, I felt for him and while reading one chapter I even cried. 

Sections covering things like nuclear explosions, buildings changing within minutes, and the main characters having to run for their lives made the book a fun and exciting read. I'd highly recommend reading Recursion by Blake Crouch.

A masterful mind-bender of a novel. Crouch brilliantly infuses his story with dire repercussions and unexpected moral upheaval, and leaves you wondering what you would do if you had the chance to turn back the clock.

Mark Sullivan, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Private series
and author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

You can buy Recursion on Amazon.

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