Recursion

Recursion

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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
1524759783
Branch Call Number: FIC CROUCH 2019
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 25 cm

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Neuroscientist Helena Smith creates a “memory chair” to help Alzheimer’s patients, yet her tech does more than surface lost memories--it also creates false memories. This techno thriller accelerates the stakes for those who would use altruistic tech for evil deeds.


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Shido_Burrito
Sep 02, 2020

*wipes sweat off head* Whew. That was a close one guys. Things get pretty dire near the end of this and I wasn't sure how it was going to wrap up within 12 pages. TW for suicide. Many instances. This was much darker than Dark Matter (ha!) but definitely a page turner!

A quick and intense read for anyone who enjoys sci fi about multiverses, worm holes, time travel and time paradoxes! A different take on the ol' time machine.

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NB_Books
Aug 15, 2020

An uncomfortably stressful read. Highly recommended.

If you liked this, you'll like Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. And if you liked Middlegame, you'll like this.

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Tijerinn
Jul 06, 2020

This book reminded me of The Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher. A great book, although while I understand, I hate getting to parts that just verbatim, recall an earlier part of the book. I was punching the air at the end of the book because the sentence cut off. I want to read what was said! Then end it. The end and Epilogue go together, but it seems that would've been better added in a movie than the book.

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My biggest question is a person having the resolve to essentially relive the same years over with or without cause. That's insane. Whether it be a great life or horrible one, I couldn't imagine being anything other than the me with all the events that make me who I am.

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hollyharkener
Jun 16, 2020

Completely, utterly insane in all the best ways. I wish I could erase it from my memory so I could read it again for the first time.

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MRR0664
May 02, 2020

Not worth the time. I listened to the audio version and the premise was good, but the story didn't deliver.

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jenniferkuntz
Apr 09, 2020

One of my absolute favorite Sci-fi authors, Black Crouch always makes you think we're already on the cusp of the science he uses in his books. This one in particular kept me reading at a furious pace. There's just the perfect amount of explanation, tension, mystery, drama and sadness and hope. This was a thrilling read!

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 03, 2020

This book is mad bonkers but so intriguing and fascinating. The characters feel like someone you know really well by the end of the book. Blake Crouch is a magician weaving the most beautiful sentences together and punching you in the feels at the same time. He marries memory, love, science and a touch of madness in his new book. I want this to be a film or mini-series so badly, it would be incredible. This book is mind-bending and beautiful! 4/5 stars.

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jebolker
Mar 31, 2020

Dark Matter was a little easier to understand but this one really made me think. A lot of heartbreak with a nod at the end, like “yes, we have to live through painful events but we live it to fate to decide how we cope in the end.”

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Sarahb_2005
Feb 26, 2020

What a boring read and very repetitive.

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kiml00
Feb 15, 2020

This book is too much for my brain to process all that information. I would need to re-read it to make sure I understand all the concepts in the story. I can’t say much because it will give away the story but it’s a good read. My only pet peeve is that I’m not a fan of Helena, one of the main characters. I can’t explain why on here with this review because again, it will give away the story. Now I’m ready to read Dark Matter and hopefully it’s as good as this one.

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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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