- Author Blake Crouch
- Release Date June 11, 2019
- Publisher Crown
- ISBN/ASIN 978-1524759780
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by SJ
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From New York Times bestseller Blake Crouch, author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, comes this fascinating, fast-paced, and though-provoking novel about time-travel, memory, and who we think we are in RECURSION.
The story opens with New York City police officer Barry Sutton investigating a condition the media has named False Memory Syndrome, in which afflicted individuals go crazy suffering memories of lives they’ve never lived.
Helena Smith is a neuroscientist working at a secret location on a project that will change lives. Working to try to solve the mysteries of memory in hopes her research might help her father with Alzheimer’s, she ends up creating something wonderful…and monstrous.
But before long, Barry is suffering False Memory Syndrome. Helena realizes she’s made a tremendous mistake in judgement but has nowhere to turn and no way out, and the villain grows in power. When Barry encounters Helena, they realize they might be able to stop what’s coming. Together, the two make an impossible journey, and fail more often than they succeed.
The pacing in this novel is perfect; the juxtaposition of Barry’s trials and Helena’s realization of what’s she’s done is magical. Crouch is a master at revealing secrets, keeping the reader on the edge, glued to his prose.
The romance in the story enhances the plot, but make no mistake, RECURSION is a science fiction thriller driven by greed, hope, and love. It will leave the reader thinking about the ideas of self and memory long after finishing that final page. What an outstanding read!