A Novel

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Investigating a suicide, New York City police officer Barry Sutton finds a connection to the outbreak of a memory-altering disease and a controversial neuroscientist working to preserve precious memories.
Publisher: New York : Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524759780
Branch Call Number: FIC CROUCH 2019
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 05, 2019

This book will take you on a wild ride, and keep you reading (and thinking) after every chapter.

Nov 23, 2019

tried to get into this book. but if I have to work that hard it's not for me.

Nov 17, 2019

Great concepts, weaved into a story that launches into captivating whirlwind of events, supplies more intrigues than memory can sustain, but when two physically apart protagonists finally meet, followed by the looming apocalypse, a lackluster moral lesson is revealed.
Memory, in (non-linear) time and space, is fascinating, with FMS as an affliction or a palliation, I hoped the book could be ground breaking until reached Book Five where it appears to be a boring reiteration of a life lived in many times when I kept hoping Barry's turn to step in the deprivation chamber again. The recursive, a key to track the plot, is also a burden.

ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

Even if there are holes in the theory of time travel described here, the concept is so much fun to ponder.

JCLHeatherC Oct 23, 2019

Wouldn't you like the ability of a do over? Change the outcome of a single situation and it could change the rest of your life. The best of intentions can sometimes lead to disastrous unintended consequences.

Sep 21, 2019

I honestly wasn't sure if this book would top Dark Matter and honestly wow. I finished it two days ago and I'm still kind of agape at the ending. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat as well as tugged at my heartstrings. And that last line, wow did I ever sob! What a super read! Can't wait for more from Blake Crouch!

Aug 05, 2019

Crouch certainly has his niche, almost to a fault. While I did thoroughly enjoy 'Recursion,' it was almost too similar, too in the same vein as 'Dark Matter.' Well thought-out theoretical science, characters experiencing intense regret, attempt after attempt at a solution, seemingly all hope lost, and FINALLY one singular shower-thought theory leading to the opportunity to undo all the bad - this is the gist of both novels by Blake Crouch. Don't get me wrong, I loved both of them separately - but I hope the author branches out in terms of storyline before his works become a bore.

Jul 27, 2019

Another winner from Crouch after Dark Matter. In an interesting take on the multi-verse theory, people can travel back via their memory of a past event. Once there, you can make a change. The only catch, if you make a change that affects others, when you "catch back up" to the time line you left, everyone else remembers the events of all the time lines. When the technology to do this runs wild, society breaks down as people start to lose track of what is real. There is lots of good action and suspense. Probably best not to think too deeply about the paradoxes. Just enjoy the ride.

Jul 17, 2019

Very entertaining speculative fiction. It will keep you up at night because you want to read more, but not because you're terrified by what you just read! I like that this second novel is from two perspectives, including a female character.

JCLJohnK Jul 10, 2019

Crouch once again proves his genius at extrapolating a premise in original and mind-bending ways. The only problem is I can’t quite bring myself to accept the premise this time around. This is an excellent time travel / alternate timelines story. The ramifications he envisions for how it unfolds and the consequences of time travel are compelling and wonderful. But I can’t believe the way he makes time travel happen in the first place. If he had just used a different mechanic for it, this novel would be on par with “Dark Matter.” Everything he extrapolates from his premise is strong but the premise itself is half-baked. Mostly, I got the sense that he tried too hard to be clever. It’s an excellent and entertaining book but it’s not as brilliant as it should be.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

But there was a dreamlike quality to the last eleven years. He was swept up in the minutiae of living, and with no tangible connection to the life he'd been ripped out of, it was all too easy to relegate what had happened to the deepest recesses of consciousness and memory. But now, sitting in a cafe on the banks of the Hudson Rover with Julia and Meghan on the morning of his daughter's twenty-sixth birthday, he has a blinding awareness of being in this moment for a second time.


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