Recursion by Blake Crouch – ARC Review

Recursion by Blake Crouch.jpgSummary:

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 technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. 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?

Review: 3 Stars

Recursion is a bit out of my normal genre preferences, but the idea behind the novel really intrigued me, so I thought I would give it a chance. This book was pretty interesting and very thought provoking. Recursion is one of those books that changes the way you look at after reading it. It is a mind bending science fiction novel and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.

I did have a few issues with this book while reading. The beginning was amazing and really got me thinking about memory and just how vivid my memories actually are. I found the beginning well paced and fascinating, but then I hit a point where I felt like I no longer cared what happened. I didn’t love the characters and I found the middle of the book to be a bit dull. I set it aside for a little bit, but picked it back up and towards the end it got really good and thought provoking again. This book really made me think about memory, the concept of time and just the importance of appreciating life and moments while you’re in them.

I think my issue with this book came from the fact that I didn’t really connect with the characters. I found Helena and Barry to be a bit vanilla and bland with no real personality to them. I thought the plot was pretty interesting and completely mind bending. There was a lot of action in this book, but I still found it really easy to set down in the middle, At times I got bored of the repetitive plot and just wanted this book to end. I almost did not finish this book, but it picked back up right before I gave up on it. The ending was pretty cool, so I am glad that I actually finished it.

Even with all of the issues that I had with this book I am glad that I read it. Recursion was a book that made me think and sparked many conversations after reading. It was the concepts behind this book that made it enjoyable, not necessarily the writing or the characters.

I received an advanced review copy from Netgalley and Crown Publishing.

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  1. Like you, sci-fi isn’t my preferred genre although Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand was a welcome exception! It’s a shame you didn’t connect with the characters but great that the book sparked some discussions afterwards 🙂 Lisa

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  2. Shame that the characters weren’t memorable or special because the premise of this book sounds excellent! Great review and I hope your next read is more interesting 🙂

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      1. Now that it’s been a while since I read it I am looking back kind of fondly. While I did have a lot of issues with the book it has really got me thinking and sparked so many conversations about memory, time travel and government. I think for those reasons it’s worth the read.


  3. The premise sounds really interesting. It is a shame that you didn’t click with the characters as that can really break a book. It sounds like if there had been a bit more character development in the middle that it could have been a really great read! I’m glad it picked up for you at the end though!

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  4. I’ve been going through the same thing with some of my latest reads. The plot is ok, the premise sounds interesting, but the characters ruin everything. Either too bland or so strong they scream fictional characters that I lose interest or cannot connect in any way possible with them. That brings the book down a notch ( or two.. or three)

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