Recursion by Blake Crouch

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.30 with 6,928 ratings (as of 7/2/2019)

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..…more

200 Word Review

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

Wow! Wow! Wow!

I write 200-word reviews. They are exactly 200 words. For Blake Crouch’s Recursion, my review could be just writing the word “wow” 198 times and could end it with “read this!”.

I rarely rate a book 5 stars. They have to be extraordinary, either extraordinarily written or be an extraordinary story. This was both. I also usually write my reviews soon after finishing a book but I needed time to decompress and process this story.

I was a Psychology major and had several people close to me suffer from Alzheimer’s so I am fascinated by memory.

In Recursion, in 2007, a scientist works to create technology to preserve our memories to help her mother who has Alzheimer’s. In 2018, people suffer from False Memory Syndrome, an affliction that drives people mad with memories of living an entirely different life, a life they never lived.

Recursion asks, “what if you could go back through your memories and “fix” them? Change events in order to protect children, countries, civilizations.” Would you?

I have wanted to read Blake Crouch for more than a decade but did not get around to it. I am annoyed I did not read him sooner.

This review was published on, Smashbomb, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble on 7/2/19. When available, the review will be published on, and, using Overdrive, will be rated in 9 libraries.

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Print Length: 336 pages
ISBN: 9781524759780
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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