Hello book friends,
Today I'm discussing Blake Crouch's latest novel: Recursion.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Memory makes reality. That’s what New York 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.
That's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. 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?
Friends, I come bearing bad news (and a highly unpopular opinion). Blake Crouch's latest novel is one of the biggest book let downs of the year.
If you know me, you know that I've been dying to pick up another Crouch novel since Dark Matter—my only five star sci-fi read to date. And when I found out that he was releasing Recursion, I couldn't say "SIGN ME UP" fast enough. Unfortunately, Crouch's latest novel turned out to be repetitive, slow, and extremely anticlimactic.
Despite having an extremely captivating and unique storyline, it's the execution of Recursion that let me down. Dark Matter was fast-paced, thrilling, and extremely captivating. Its storyline and characters were enchanting and unforgettable. But Recursion was the exact opposite. While the premise was remarkable, the events that unfolded were uninteresting and monotonous. I kept waiting for something significant and exciting to happen but it never did. To sum it all up: the entire book just read like one big, jumbled mess.
There have been plenty of readers who have enjoyed Recursion, and while that's totally okay, I'm not ashamed to say that it wasn't for me. I'll be looking forward to Crouch's next novel, but in the meantime... which sci-fi picks should I add to my tbr? Let me know in the comments or message me on Instagram @theazereads.
Did you like Recursion?