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Review of Recursion by Blake Crouch

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

More wonderful character-driven science fiction by Blake Crouch.

Blake Crouch's Barry Sutton is a NYC detective looking into a suicide. Helena Smith is a neuroscientist creating technology to preserve memories and allow people to relive them.

People like the victim Sutton is investigating are told that their vivid recollections of their life’s memories are not real, and that they’re actually mentally ill, suffering from False Memory Syndrome. When they encounter loved ones from their memories who are now living alternate lives, in many cases they are unable to cope with their conflicting realities.

While Sutton begins digging into what’s real and what’s a lie, Smith works feverishly to preserve memories and reality. Together, they have to identify and confront dark forces that might be manipulating—and destroying—the minds and the framework of society as we know it.

I cared so much about Sutton and Smith and their mission. Recursion is more fantastic character-driven science fiction from Blake Crouch, and I found this sooooo good, unexpected, sweeping, and compelling.

What did you think?

Have you read any books by Blake Crouch? Dark Matter is another of his that I found fascinating. I'm all in on his books!

This was also listed in my Greedy Reading List Six Riveting Time-Travel Escapes.


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