Friday, July 19, 2019

Seth's review of Recursion by Blake Crouch

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?

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

Seth's Thoughts:
Lately, I've been reading whatever books my wife plops in my lap. Recursion is no exception to that. I asked what it was about, and she said science stuff. So, I picked it up and gave it a read through. It kept my interest most of the way through. The twist at the end is foreshadowed pretty heavily throughout the book, but it wasn't enjoyably executed. The thing is, I read a lot of sci-fi, and it wasn't something that hasn't been explored better by better writers in the past. Not to say the author didn't write a good story, but I literally have sci-fi anthology books that stack up as tall as me. I guess I'm just a jaded sci-fi reader. 

Seth gives Recursion: 2.5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.