Posted in Apocalyptic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, General Fiction, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Thrillers

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Publication Info: Published June 11th 2019 by Crown. E-book kindle edition courtesy of Netgalley.

Summary: Helena Smith, a neuroscience researcher, feels disheartened. Her project is about to run out of money and she’s nowhere near a solution. Driven by her desire to help her mother who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, Helena is trying to discover a way to preserve and restore memories. She’s on the verge of giving up when a mysterious man offers to fund her project beyond her wildest dreams. Recursion Crouch

Barry Sutton, an NYPD detective tries to talk a despondent woman, Ann Voss Peters,  down off the ledge of a high-rise. After a brief conversation with her, he realizes she is a victim of false memory syndrome. In her mind, Ann lives two lives. In one set of memories–her real memories–she lives single life in New York. In another, she remembers a husband and young son. Her second set of memories are in black and white, yet the emotions associated with them are completely real. After listening to her story, he tries to talk her out of suicide, but fails.

In alternating chapters, Helena and Barry narrate their stories, unaware that they are destined to meet and change the world–over and over.

Comments: Recursion is a genre jumping look into the repercussions of fear and power. In a book that blurs the lines between science fiction, apocalyptic fiction and thrillers, it has potential to appeal to a broad audience. There is even a G rated love story tossed in for good measure. I can envision this book translating well to film.

Highly recommended for readers of sci-fi, speculative fiction, apocalyptic fiction, thrillers and anyone who likes general fiction with a twist.

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