G my head around what these characters were trying to achieve with memory recalibration while simultaneously trying to foreshadow how Crouch would tie the two timelines together felt taxing on my brain So much so I had to take a breath for a few days Following that brief timeout I did would I should have from the beginning Instead of trying to make sense of it all way too early on I handed the reins back to Crouch and put my faith in his ability to tell an unforgettable story And sure enough along the same vein as Dark Matter there was no walking away unscathed or unmoved by his words or these charactersThe first tease of the storylines converging was all it took for the pitter patter of this idealistic heart of mine to speed up And wouldn t you know the two characters in uestion not only managed to steal my heart but to hold it captive for the entirety of the remaining pages It was with hope fear and bated breath that this lover of love watched the couple s pilgrimage play out There s something to be said for Crouch s ability to relay a love story of this caliber within such an intricate and science based thriller There are romance authors out there who fail to pull off such an unwavering love one that transcends several iterations at that My soul knows your soul In any time From the very beginning to beyond the final words Crouch s exploration of memory and what it would mean to have the ability to go back and undo those moments that tether our pain proves to be than ust imaginative fiction Life with a cheat code isn t life Our existence isn t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of painThat s what it is to be human the beauty and the pain each meaningless without the other Thanks to my bookbestie Haley for sending me a gorgeous ARC and for ensuring that I didn t miss out on this mighty piece of fiction CONGRATULATIONS Goodreads Choice Awards Science Fiction Winner Everything will look better in the morning There will be hope again when the light returns The despair is only an illusion a trick the darkness playsI m convinced that Blake Crouch is THE science fictionfantasy author of our time You know the one that readers pre order their books without reading the description the one that 50 years from now people are still talking about dissecting his plot points and their dual meanings Yeah that s Crouch If you don t agree then that s ok I ll respect your opinion But also FIGHT ME While I ve enjoyed all of the author s novels to date Dark Matter is the one that sealed the deal in making me a life long fan But also Desert Places Recursion is another worthy entry in Crouch s SFF productions and one that felt reminiscent of Dark Matter which made me a very happy Chelsea Yes the plot is uniue in it s own way but it still gave off those complex vibes that are a cross between exciting high concept thriller and deep emotional family drama How would I know if one had changed What would it feel like The premise of this novel is simple What would happen if the memories contained inside your mind had never occurred I m not entirely sure how the author devised the plot for this book but I imagine it stemmed from a simple uestion not altogether different from the one presented above Once you ve read the book it s easy to see how an entire novel could spring from such an innocent thought It s clear that Crouch has a way with writing sagas that pull the heartstrings because all of his ideas that evolve into stories are a delicate balance of intellectually stimulating action and moving emotional love mingled with loss The kicker is that the author knows how to write a science fiction that seems so dangerously close to reality you find yourself turning the last page shaking your head and chuckling because that could NEVER happen but secretly wondering if it possibly could If you enjoyed Dark Matter and its extraordinary premise you ll likely fall head over
HEELS FOR RECURSION AS WELL Afor Recursion as well A of the same concepts are used in both novels but each of these books are truly a labor of love in their own uniue way Once again I have found myself floored at how a person s mind could concoct such a brilliant scheme and I m looking forward to finding out where Crouch chooses to take us next Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy me finishes reading any book by Blake Crouchme what the fuckme at dinner what the fuckme trying to sleep what the fuckme in the bathroom what the fuckme breathing w hAt THe F uCK But what do you cling to moment to moment if memories can simply change What then is real Imagine you woke up one morning and discovered that your entire life your ob your kids your friends all your experiences wasn t real It still feels real You remember it vividly But you also suddenly remember another life your real life And you are told that the life you remember is a result of FMS False Memory Syndrome an illusion created by your brainI don t know about you but that thought is horrifyingIn this book New York City cop Barry Sutton investigates the suicide of a woman with FMS She killed herself after trying to make contact with the husband from her false memories and finding him married with a child How strange it is that she remembers an entire life with a man who exists but he doesn t seem to remember her at all Barry finds himself needing answersEleven years earlier neuroscientist Helena Smith conceives of a technology that can preserve memories and could eventually be a cure for the Alzheimer s that is stealing away her mother s mind Funded by a mysterious billionaire Helena builds something that enables people to relive their precious memories But she never foresees the darker side of the project the side that triggers an unraveling of not only the past but reality itselfNeedless to say these two stories collide and it is some mind bendingly awesome stuff Crouch has written yet another weird compelling and oddly romantic book Like Dark Matter you can expect this book to get bigger and wilder than you ever imagined before even a hint of a solution rears its head I do also really enjoy how the author brings a lot of heart to these sci fi thrillers Sometimes sci fi books feel a little cold and emotionally distant but Recursion is ultimately a very emotional and human story Stories about memories really get but Recursion is ultimately a very emotional and human story Stories about memories really get me because our memories and experiences make us who we are I am my memories And one of the saddest things I can think of is not being remembered by someone you love deeplyA thrilling story with very moving momentsBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtub. Ing than any disease a force that attacks not ust our minds but the very fabric of the past And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it only he and Helena working together will stand a chance at defeating itBut how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around the. ,
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3 Stars What can I say about Blake Crouch s new book Recursion Well it s got a Whole Lotta Crazy Going On Can you say do over Are your memories to be trusted What happens if your memories are replaced with new ones and you keep re living your life over and over Just ask NYPD Detective Barry Sutton whose life has been in tatters for the last several years ever since the death of his daughter Meghan When he is called to the scene of a potential suicide he learns of something ca FIVE MIND BENDING STARSBook readers tend to throw around words like addictive and unputdownable But I m dead serious about those words And guys I m here to tell you I read RECURSION straight through dinner last night until I finished at three am this morning What an intelligent and freakin addictive thrillerThe first half sets up the rest of the book and it is crucial to read carefully and try to understand the very simple uantum physics necessary to travel around in time LOL I finally thought I had the timelines straight in my mind without the use of a giant white board I wanted to keep it straight so I read And read And cried And marveled And cried again And closed the Kindle And kept thinking and marveling and sighing Who doesn t want a do over in life Personally I don t trust anyone that says they live with no regrets Even if you consider yourself a perfect specimen I guarantee you have deeply hurt someone s feelings or perhaps grieved the loss of a loved one If those aren t regrets then you may be a sociopathWhat if you could go back through your memories and fix them Change events in order to protect children countries civilizations This is the uestion RECURSION poses to the reader As wonderful an idea as this is there are of course conseuences to changing history Blake Crouch turns his incredible imagination loose in his latest thriller and your mind will be racing trying to keep up himRECURSION is set in 2007 and 2018 this isn t futuristic Helene our genius scientist works to discover a cure for Alzheimer s and you will find yourself constantly wondering if this memory recapture business is actually a real thing now IT IS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IN THE BACK I love sci fi that reads like it could be factual I love sci fi with colorful endearing characters I love sci fi with the entire world s future at stake and these two characters must save us I love sci fi when those two characters carry on an epic love story to end all love stories I love RECURSION I think I love it than Dark Matter And I never thought I would say that Hey all you influential readers this is still available on NetGalley Grab it before it is too late NETFLIX already bought the movie rights and it is gonna be HUGE Many thanks to the publisher and the author for allowing me to read and review the advanced copy of RECURSION All opinions are mine Ticking away the moments that make up a dull dayFritter and waste the hours in an offhand wayKicking around on a piece of ground in your home townWaiting for someone or something to show you the wayTired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rainYou are young and life is long and there is time to kill todayAnd then one day you find ten years have got behind youNo one told you when to run you missed the starting gunPink Floyd TimeI am ust going to say it Blake Crouch is the King of Modern Speculative Science FictionHere is your "crown Your Majesty We are not worthyImagine trying to follow up Dark Matter with something ust as uniue and "Your Majesty We are not worthyImagine trying to follow up Dark Matter with something Aspects of South African Literature just as uniue and blowing I think I probably would haveust stopped there if I had written it The apex would have been reached There is no way I could have topped it Even trying would probably have fallen flat feeling like I The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused just could not have done any betterTo which Emperor Crouch says HOLD MY BEER Recursion isust as mind blowingly uniue as Dark Matter And much like Dark Matter I cannot say too much about why it is awesome and mind blowing without ruining it So I will give you an idea of in what way it blew my mind by comparing to a scene from an episode of Black Mirror This comparison will not spoil Recursion but it will spoil Black Mirror so I will put it in a spoiler tag If you have watched all Black Mirror episodes or don t care about spoilers you can click it without concernSo my mind was blown in the same way as view spoiler the episode where they are trying to get the guy to give details about a crime by interrogating a duplicate version of his consciousness that thinks it is the real him At the end of the episode they turn on a Christmas song and leave him locked in a kitchen listening to the song over and over In the real world they Social Media in Academia just decide to leave him locked in as a form of torture over the weekend But to the trapped consciousness it will feel like billions of years not being able to eat sleep or stop listening to the same Christmas song over and over hide spoiler Congratulations for winning of best sci fi category from goodreads choice awards 2020 This is one of my favorite books of the year Five OMG I m suffering from brain cells bleeding and explosion of my last standing grey cells what the hell Iust read and who am I starsI know the drill but let me rephrase one time This is not an easy soft sunshine and rainbows reading In my opinion people who are brave enough to dive into this ourney should put themselves an I test and discover their cognitive skills luckily I read the uantum physics for dummies before "The Beginning But I Feel " beginning but I feel I can be great cast for future dumb and dumber movie if they will ever produce the third installmentSo this book is amazing combination of time traveling alternated lifetimes Minority Reports meet Groundhog Day versus Black Mirror and Back to the Future kinda fascinating science fiction crashes into thriller and romance starting with an effective and memorable suicide attempt scene A woman suffers from FMS false memory syndrome who thinks her child was being erased her husband denied her existence so there was nothing better than ump and end her life But she had small hope in her heart her husband could come to rescue her but when he didn t show up she didn t want to fight any and Yes this book starts with aw dropping scene and you re hooked It S Addictive Unputdownable Nerve addictive unputdownable nerve exhausting ride You wanna know what s going to happen and think about yourself if I had a chance to save my loved ones by turning back and making my wrongs turn into rights what would happen Saving her daughter from the traffic accident curing your mother s Alzheimer disease prevention of school shooting saving so. Memory makes realityThat’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 livedThat's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes It’s. Ldiers from the terrorist attacks are ust the samples writer show as in alternative realities that have possible to be changed The difference of Recursion from Dark Matter might be romance parts because I really enjoyed Barry and Helena s love story Not only they fought to bring universe into the right pattern but also they fought to get back together to be each other s final word everlasting love end game This was thrilling mind bending provoking book Dark Matters is going to be Netflix series and I m already sure that as a brain numbing project this book finds its place at big screen on near futureHighly recommended smart different uniue and exuisite book but not for everyonebloginstagramfacebooktwitter UPDATE IT S OUT Go read it so we can all gush about it45 As always Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great Modern English in Action (Level 12) job at mixing thriller and sci fi genreA mysterious disease starts affecting people s memory giving them memories of a life they never lived NYPD detective Barry Sutton is trying to investigated how the False Memory Syndrome is spreading and ultimately will come to face Helena Smith a neuroscientist who invented a device that s changing the worldRecursion will make you uestion time memory and lifeWhile the characters and dialogues didn t grab me from the start I grew to care about them and their story and By the end I couldn t put the book down The story also became a lot darker than I expected which I loved and the concepts mentioned were fascinatingIf you ve enjoyed Dark Matter by him I recommend you pick up this oneCan t wait to see the Netflix adaptation I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Recursion has become the first sci fi standalone to be included in my favorite shelvesAs many readers probably did my first experience with reading Crouch s work was for Dark Matter I was super impressed by it and after hearing that the author has a new sci fi thriller that s highly recommended for readers who loved Dark Matter gave me so muchoy it would be insane for me to not take a look at Recursion Do note that taking a look at Crouch s novel can be surmised as reading the novel non stop until completion This book was undoubtedly exceptional it was so good that it made Dark Matter which I loved and rated 455 stars felt like a practice novel so that Crouch has the skill to unleash the full capacity of his brain towards the creation of this cleverly crafted insanityTwo central characters drive the plot The first main character is Barry Sutton a cop that s investigating the mysterious phenomenon dubbed as False Memory Syndrome FMS a phenomenon that drives its victims insane with false memories of a life they never lived The other main character Helena Smith is a neuroscientist that understands the importance of memory she decides to dedicate her life to create a technology that could preserve any moment of the recipient s memories This is pretty much all I can say regarding the general premise Reviewing Crouch s book is not an easy task there s a huge limitation on how much of the plot I can talk about unless I risk spoiling something and I don t want that To avoid spoilers I will say this Recursion is a sci fi thriller about memories and how precious they are in defining humanity and their sense of identity Imbued inside this resonating theme was an addictive story about love loss ambition redemption and life Life is nothing how he expected it would be when he was young and living under the delusion that things could be controlled Nothing can be controlled Only endured When I started this book I knew I would be thoroughly engaged by it and Crouch exceeded my high expectations brilliantly Crouch outstandingly proved "That He S Super Capable " he s super capable writing a fast paced story that doesn t neglect crucial characterizations Dark Matter was thought provoking and this book held "writing a fast paced story that doesn t neglect crucial characterizations Dark Matter was thought provoking and this book held philosophical discussions about life and choices but honestly speaking Recursion resonated with me because I believe that Crouch has improved as an author his prose was extremely well polished and the characters were fleshed out I truly didn t expect this novel to be this evocative and large scale There were moments where I felt genuinely sad terrified and heart warmed by what the characters went through The poignant thought provoking passages made me reflect on life the gradual increase in stakes and scope that eventually became destructive and global as the story progressed fully stole my attention cover to cover I ve been having difficulties in my life it S Almost As If almost as if book appeared at the right timing to brighten my mood by teaching me how to think better moving forward I m truly grateful for it Life with a cheat code isn t life Our existence isn t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain That s what it is to be human the beauty and the pain each meaningless without the other Recursion was relentlessly thrilling unpredictable and mind blowing Crouch s narrative was utterly unputdownable the harrowing events displayed were enormously impactful and I absolutely loved every moment of reading this vivid magnificence I can vouch with certainty that Recursion broke a new milestone for me by becoming the first sci fi standalone to be included in my favorites shelves with a full 55 stars rating Read this breathtaking novel as soon as you can Trust me you won t regret it SidenoteI heard Recursion is currently being planned for TV series adaptation by Netflix and I m so excited for itYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Creative Though provoking Emotionally charged MemorableWhether you re a reader that freuents the sci fi genre or one that only occasionally takes a risk when it comes to the suspension of disbelief hello that s me recognizing and appreciating the level of creativity behind Blake Crouch s work takes little effort Time and again Crouch has proven Nature-Inspired Metaheuristic Algorithms just how rewarding it can be to take a chance on something different Something totally outside of my typical With Dark Matter one of my all time favorite books and now Recursion Crouch presents readers with a mind bending reality While each book provides its own uniue and fully immersiveourney they share the provocation of deep thought and emotion on the part of the readerFair or not my feelings for Dark Matter sent me into Recursion with the highest of hopes Hopes that I thought were going to be shattered early on when focusing felt undoable A science guru I am not Wrappin. Why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories If she succeeds anyone will be able to re experience a first kiss the birth of a child the final moment with a dying parent As Barry searches for the truth he comes face to face with an opponent terrify.