‘Recursion’ by Blake Crouch – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

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

Oh my god this book was so much fun!

It was a time-twisty, mind-bendy, fast-paced delight and I devoured it in a single sitting. It’s a novel that on one hand is what I would term an extreme popcorn read in that it’s just bonkers and immediately enjoyable on a surface level…but then it’s also quite thought provoking and moralistic and raises these bigger questions about humanity such as what does doing something for the greater good even mean and asks whether or not it’s our memories that truly define us as unique individuals.

The book follows two lead characters, neuroscientist Helena Smith and NYPD Detective Barry Sutton and how their lives become intertwined after Barry starts investigating False Memory Syndrome. It’s a seriously trippy journey that they embark on together but totally gripping.

This was my first Blake Crouch read and I’m entirely certain it won’t be my last. Definitely recommended to people who like fast paced sci fi thrillers that could almost pass for reality!

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Pan Macmillan, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Published June 2019

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30 thoughts on “‘Recursion’ by Blake Crouch – eARC Book Review

  1. MEMORY MAKES REALITY….Yeah…sign me the fuck up!! 😍😍

    AND AHHHHHHHHHHH THAT COVERRRRRRRR!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    AND YOUR REVIEWWWWWW!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘😘😘

    loved it!! 😍😍❤️❤️ AS ALWAYSSSSSSSS, Emerr!! 😍❤️

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    1. \It is definitely an interesting read but quite disposable too… I read another book by the same author soon after this (will have a review later this week) and I feel so much less enthused about this book since I read that! Strange the way that happens isn’t it. Thank you so much Rain <33333333333333

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      1. I know right? I mean sometimes after having read an okay-ish book, our thoughts alter sooo much after a day or two because by then whatever temporary effect it had on us has been lifted and we are left with an empty feeling regarding the book! Its only the REALLLYY good ones that stay with us FOREVERRR!! 😍❤️

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    1. Yeah I don’t recommend Blake Crouch as good sci fi, this is quite disposable fiction and once you read multiple books written by him you will get to see his plot patterns and his inability to create characters that will live long in the memory. This was a perfectly okay book….but since I read a second book by him I feel a lot more bitter about this lol!!!!!!

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  2. Ooh yay, glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I love stories that have to do with memories — they always have such fascinating concepts and I always find myself getting sucked in. Dark Matter was my first Blake Crouch book and I absolutely loved it. Would highly rec! Great review, Emer 😍

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    1. Oh Dini…….. I read Dark Matter a few weeks after Recursion…….. the less I say now the better LMAOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I have a review for it coming friday, if you like rants then you are in for a TREAT XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD <33333333333

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  3. I had a lot of mixed feelings on this one. I feel like the characters were lacking and the plot kind of fell apart for me at the end but I did love how it got me thinking and how many conversations it sparked after reading it

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    1. I totally get you!!! I liked this because it was so light and breezy and I was not in the mood for anything taxing… but then I read Dark Matter by this same author a few weeks later and I HATED it!!!!!!!!! I could see patterns of narrative, plot themes etc, and the characters sucked!!!

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    1. Omg… I read this in the summer and dark matter a few weeks later…. So don’t read my review of Dark Matter that I have scheduled for the end of the week then Kitty!!! I hated it 🙈🙈🙈 I found that it shared too many similarities to this and I was not impressed… I know… Shock horror Emer has yet another unpopular opinion lol!!!! What am I even like 🙈😂🙈😂🙈😂🙈😂

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      1. Oh no worries, tbh I like reading negative reviews of books I like, am weird like that lol! 😂 ❤ If the books are that super similar I might feel a similar way upon reading Recursion, feeling that it's too similar to Dark Matter lol. Interesting to note. It's unfortunate to hear that his books may be too same-y.

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    1. Oh Jonetta…. After I read this in the summer I thought I would love Dark Matter too…. I very much didn’t 🙈 I have a very ranty review of that coming up later this week lol!!! I just can’t seem to escape my unpopular opinions can I 🙈😂🙈😂🙈😂

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