Recursion by Blake Crouch
“We think we’re perceiving the world directly and immediately, but everything we experience is this carefully edited, tape-delayed reconstruction.” *
It’s been eleven years since NYC detective Barry Sutton’s sixteen-year-old daughter was killed in a hit and run. He’s still grieving that loss and the subsequent disintegration of his marriage when he begins to investigate a suicide involving the new phenomenon False Memory Syndrome.
“Eight months ago, the Centers for Disease Control identified sixty-four cases with similiarities in the Northeast. In each case, a patient presented with complaints of acute false memories. Not just one or two. A fully imagined alternate history covering large swaths of their life up until that moment. Usually going back months or years. In some instances, decades.” *
Meanwhile, scientist Helena Smith has been given unlimited funding to continue her research on mapping memories of dementia patients. Helena works non-stop to design a chair that will allow subjects in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s to reactivate mapped and stored memories. She’s determined to perfect the design before her own mother’s memories are lost forever.
As testing begins, Helena finds herself at odds with billionaire benefactor Paul Slade when it appears they are no longer working toward the same goal. Helena wanted a chair that would allow people to relive their memories. Slade shocks her with the news that the chair actually allows people to return to the past.
Running across multiple timelines, Recursion takes readers through the past and present in a race to save a world suffering the far-reaching effects of False Memory Syndrome from self-destructing.
I had a hard time putting this book down! It’s compulsively readable with a compelling story, likeable MCs, and multiple action-packed timelines that come together seamlessly once you can keep them straight!
Thanks to Crown and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Recursion is scheduled for release on June 11, 2019.
*Quotes included are from a digital advanced reader’s copy and are subject to change upon final publication.