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Memory makes realityThat’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 livedThat's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes It’s. me finishes reading any book by Blake Crouchme what the fuckme at dinner what the fuckme trying to sleep what the fuckme in the bathroom what the fuckme breathing w hAt THe F uCK

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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 terrify. Ticking away the moments that make up a dull dayFritter and waste the hours in an offhand wayKicking around on a piece of ground in your home townWaiting for someone or something to show you the wayTired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rainYou are young and life is long and there is time to kill todayAnd then one day you find ten years have got behind youNo one told you when to run you missed the starting gunPink Floyd TimeI am just going to say it Blake Crouch is the King of Modern Speculative Science FictionHere is your crown Your Majesty We are not worthyImagine trying to follow up Dark Matter with something just as uniue 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 betterTo which Emperor Crouch says HOLD MY BEER Recursion is just as mind blowingly uniue 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 concernSo my mind was blown in the same way as view spoiler the episode where they are trying to get the guy to give details about a crime by interrogating a duplicate version of his consciousness that thinks it is the real him At the end of the episode they turn on a Christmas song and leave him locked in a kitchen listening to the song over and over In the real world they just decide to leave him locked in as a form of torture over the weekend But to the trapped consciousness it will feel like billions of years not being able to eat sleep or stop listening to the same Christmas song over and over hide spoiler

Blake Crouch Í 3 read

Ing 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 itBut how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around the. Creative Though provoking Emotionally charged MemorableWhether you re a reader that freuents the sci fi genre or one that only occasionally takes a risk when it comes to the suspension of disbelief hello that s me recognizing and appreciating the level of creativity behind Blake Crouch 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 Dark Matter one of my all time favorite books and now Recursion Crouch presents readers with a mind bending reality While each book provides its own uniue and fully immersive journey they share the provocation of deep thought and emotion on the part of the readerFair or not my feelings for Dark Matter sent me into Recursion 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 not 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 felt taxing on my brain 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 Dark Matter there was no walking away unscathed or unmoved by his words or these charactersThe 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 uestion 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 this 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 My soul knows your soul In any time 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 than just imaginative fiction Life with a cheat code isn t life Our existence isn t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of painThat s what it is to be human the beauty and the pain each meaningless without the other Thanks to my bookbestie Haley for sending me a gorgeous ARC and for ensuring that I didn t miss out on this mighty piece of fiction


10 thoughts on “Recursion

  1. says:

    But what do you cling to moment to moment if memories can simply change What then is real? Imagine you woke up one morning and discovered that your entire life your job your kids your friends all your experience

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    UPDATE IT'S OUT Go read it so we can all gush about it45 As always Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great job at mixing thriller and sci fi genreA mysterious disease starts affecting people’s memory giving the

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    me finishes reading any book by Blake Crouchme what the fuckme at dinner what the fuckme trying to sleep what the fuckme in

  4. says:

    Congratulations for winning of best sci fi category from goodreads choice awards 2020 This is one of my favorite

  5. says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Goodreads Choice Awards Science Fiction Winner Everything will look better in the morning There will be hope again when the lig

  6. says:

    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull dayFritter and waste the hours in an offhand wayKicking around on a piece of ground in your home townWaiting for someone or something to show you the wayTired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rainYou are young and life is long and there is time to kill todayAnd then on

  7. says:

    Creative Though provoking Emotionally charged MemorableWhether you’re a reader that freuents the sci fi genre or one that only occasionally takes a risk when it comes to the suspension of disbelief hello that’s me recognizing and appreciating the level of creativity behind Blake Crouch’s work takes little

  8. says:

    FIVE MIND BENDING STARSBook 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 RECURSION straight through

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    Recursion has become the first sci fi standalone to be included in my favorite shelvesAs many readers probably did my first experience with reading Crouch’s work was for Dark Matter 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 Dark Matter gave me so

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    3 Stars What can I say about Blake Crouch’s new book Recursion? Well it’s got “a Whole Lotta Crazy Going On” Can you say do over? Are your memories to be trusted? What happens if your memories are replaced with new ones and you keep re living your life over and over? Just ask NYPD Detective Barry Sutton whose life has been in tatters for the last several years ever since the death of his daughter Meghan When he is called to the sce