This has to be one of the most original and ingenious books I’ve read in a very long time. Recursion by Blake Crouch, as it stands, is my favourite book I’ve read this summer.
Helena Smith is a brilliant scientist who is on the cusp of ground breaking new technology research on memories. In the hopes of preserving memories for people with Alzheimer’s, like her mother, she has developed a chair that will record memories and re-implant them. When her project receives a massive boost by a rich philanthropist, Helena questions if there is a darker motive for his interest.
Barry is a police officer in New York City who has had his fair share of incidents with False Memory Syndrome that has rapidly effecting people in New York. When he decides to take his own investigation a bit further, he has no idea what troubles of his past will come to light with Helena’s new project. What are the side effects of having our memories manipulated and replaced? And is it really worth replacing painful ones with new events?
This is a stunning science fiction thriller that really makes you think about the future of technology and how mankind will use it as a tool or a weapon. While the premise of this book is really out-there, and sometimes complicated, I found myself trying to wrap my head around the scientific jargon and even trying to figure out how everything would all play out. Let me say, it is not at all how I imagined it would end!
What really drew me into the book were the two parallel characters, Helena and Barry. At first I didn’t see how they went together, but when they did, I was rooting for them until the end. Having diverse and even entertaining dialogue throughout made it light-hearted at times too, which was needed. Crouch outdid himself, again, with the characters, plot and even the writing. I couldn’t put this one down and finished it in one sitting!
Even though I’m not a huge fan of science fiction, Recursion by Blake Crouch takes you on a thought-provoking journey filled with suspense, tension and even a little romance! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is going to stay with them long after reading it! I didn’t think my mind could take another mind-f**k after reading Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, but little did I know Recursion came in for dirty seconds! This is thrilling, addictive and mind bending — you’re going to love every second of it!
Thank you to NetGalley, Crown Publishing and Blake Crouch for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.