Recursion by Blake Crouch: Book Review


Finally, I picked up a book from June 2019 new releases. I was pretty excited about this one and I longed for a book from the sci-fi genre. Recursion is a dark science fiction book and has a bit of thriller element to it.


Recursion by Blake Crouch: Book Review



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? 



One hell of a ride! It took me some time to process this book because I have never read anything like this before, something that messes with my brain to this extent. Recursion was my first Blake Crouch book and I am pretty sure this is not going to be the last one. 

So, what was this book about? This is the story of New York City cop, Barry Sutton who is divorced and has lost his daughter in a car accident 11 years ago. He is dragging himself through his life and wants nothing more than a second chance to set everything right. Meanwhile, Scientist Helena Smith is trying desperately to create a machine that can help people relive their precious memories. She is motivated to do this because her mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Helena succeeds in building something way more powerful, unpredictable and dangerous than she can imagine. And like all the wrong things that find their way in some wrong person’s hand, this one does too. Barry and Helena have to work together to stop this evil from destroying the world. 

This book initially plays in two different timelines some 10 years apart, one is lead by Helena and the other by Barry. Barry’s first encounter with the patient of FMS (False Memory Syndrome) shows how ignorant the world is towards the disease. They know next to nothing about it and think of it to be some kind of a contagious mental disorder. 

      “My son never existed. Do you get that? He’s just a beautiful misfire in my brain.”

You are having flashbacks from some life you have never lived. Then you space out and come back to reality which is nothing close to what you just saw. And everybody around you is going through the same thing. The world is going mad. 

I still have so much to talk about this book. The book was a masterpiece but failed to get a perfect score of 5 because it got repetitive in the middle and I was having a little hard time getting myself through. But it was awesome, one of the best sci-fi I have ever read. It was a complicated plot and the author did an awesome job of turning it into a fabulous book. If you love dark sci-fi with a bit of thriller, go for it. If you love it when a paperback takes you through a rollercoaster ride, READ THIS BOOK! I will be picking up another Blake Crouch book soon, Dark Matter seems like a perfect choice. Many of you guys have loved it so Dark Matter it is! 



Hello there! Thank you for stopping by. My name is Anuja and I am an engineering student, currently in my junior year. I cry about books more than I cry about my grades. This is my blog where I ramble about books and everything else that fascinates me. Feel free to talk with me about anything and let's be book buddies!

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