Review - Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion by Blake Crouch
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Date Read: June 6, 2019
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.

“An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page . . . a fantastic read.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

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?
My Review

Wow!  This was such a unique concept that was executed in a completely entertaining manner.  I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw that it was being published.  I was very impressed with Blake Crouch's Dark Matter and I wanted to see if this new book would be as entertaining.  Once I really started reading this book, I didn't want to stop.  I really had a great time with this one.

Helena is a scientist.  She has made a chair that she hopes will preserve memories for individuals with Alzheimer's or other ailments that produce problems with memory.  Her chair ends up doing something a bit more.  This chair has the ability to propel individuals back into their memories.  Unfortunately, everyone connected to the events that are changed is left with memories of both timelines.  Barry is a New York City police officer.  He has been dealing with a lot of cases of False Memory Syndrome while on the job and he decides to look into the phenomena a bit further.  He has no idea what is really going on but what he learns shocks him.

I found the entire premise of this book to be very well done.  It was somewhat complicated and I found myself really trying to figure out how things would work out.  I think that the characters' desperation to change events and correct mistakes was perfectly illustrated and I couldn't help but cheer them on.  I think that this story really proved how big of an impact even a small change in our lives can make and how important our memories are.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was a very thought-provoking journey filled with fantastic characters and a lot of emotion.  I cannot wait to read more from this wonderful author!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Crown Publishing via NetGalley. 
About the Author

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I've not read anything by Blake Crouch although I'm pretty sure I own Dark Matter somewhere. I've heard some good things about this book already and it sounds like he has another winner on his hands!

  2. Wayward Pines was really good. Crouch is a creative master.

  3. Sounds like he has come up with another mind twister. I still need to read his Dark Matter.

  4. It looks really well done there

  5. I'm glad to see you really enjoyed this! I have Crouch on my list for books to get my husband and I think he'll really like this one! He's hit a book that he's not liking that is absolutely crawling so I think I might have to get this one and substitute it. He's even worse than me when it comes to DNFing!

  6. i have read some blake crouch and enjoyed his work. glad to see this is a good one.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. I haven't read this author but I see him everywhere. Wonderful review - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  8. I did read Dark Matter, and now I can not remember what I felt

  9. I love those thought provoking books, they are the best. So I am glad to hear that this was such a winner for you.

  10. I am yet to read his books. This sounds unique.

  11. I read *listened* to Dark Matter and really enjoyed it. Yes, my head was spinning in parts, lol, but it was a great story. This sounds like it'd be another great audio. Glad to hear it was a win, Carole! :)

  12. I loved Dark Matter and when I saw the blurb for this one I was expecting another mind- bender, and it sounds like he delivers! I absolutely can't wait to read this. :)

  13. I have seen a lot of people reading this one lately and didn't realise it was the author who wrote Dark Matter! I love when books are unique :D It sounds like this one certainly is.

  14. I'm so nervous about this one because I didn't really care for Dark Matter. But I think I need to give it a try!! :) Awesome review!


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