5 Reasons to Read ‘Recursion’ by Blake Crouch

Recursion by Blake Crouch

If you read one book this year, make it Recursion by Blake Crouch.

Recursion is a reality-altering thriller, similar to Crouch’s earlier, also excellent, novel, Dark Matter (which I reviewed here). Here are 5 reasons why you should read it.

1. The Hi-Concept.

Memory. A cure for dementia. The possibility of reseeding memories in the minds of people who can no longer hold their own. A machine that affords the opportunity to relive moments of your life with perfect clarity. This is the elegant concept of the novel.

1. A Billionaire Villain.

Memory. A cure for dementia. The possibility of reseeding memories in the minds of people who can no longer hold their own. This is the elegant concept funded my enigmatic tech billionaire Marcus Slade. He hires a brilliant researcher and takes her to an isolated platform (lair) in the middle of the ocean. What can go wrong?

1. A Single-minded Scientist.

Memory. A cure for dementia. The possibility of reseeding memories in the minds of people who can no longer hold their own. That is the elegant concept conceived by research scientist Helena Smith. When her funding has been pulled, she reaches out for funding from another source. Backed by serious money she creates something wholly unexpected; the ability to relive moments of your life. But to unleash her invention’s secret something truly terrible has to happen.

1. Rewrite Your Memories.

Memory. A cure for dementia. The possibility of reseeding memories in the minds of people who can no longer hold their own. That is the elegant concept that underpins the novel. Who doesn’t have parts of their life they’d rather forget? Tragedy, heartbreak, reading book reviews that try to be overly clever. Tech billionaire Marcus Slade sees the true potential of Helena Smith’s invention and helps her make it a reality. But at what cost? If you rewrite your memories to prevent terrible events or enable great success, what are the repercussions for those around you?

1. Time is mutable.

Memory. A cure for dementia. The possibility of reseeding memories in the minds of people who can no longer hold their own. The mutation of events. Success into failure, failure into success. What large government organization wouldn’t want that? But what will other world powers make of it, when they find out? And, if nothing is permanent, how do you stop them finding your technology, stealing it and rewriting history for themselves?

The TL;DR.

Recursion is a fabulous, mind-bending thriller that explores the nature of memory and time-travel. Like all high-concept thrillers, when the final pages collapse all the possibilities to a single outcome, you might raise an eyebrow, but the journey through the book is so enjoyable, you won’t much care. Recursion is a fast-moving, thought-provoking, exhilarating beach read.

If you enjoyed this review, do check out my other 5 Reasons to Read posts.

If you want to pick up a copy of Recursion, you can do so here, in the US and here, in the UK.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to write this review and the links at the end of the post are affiliate links.

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