RECURSION – BLAKE CROUCH

At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shockwave, unleashed by a stunning discovery – and what’s in jeopardy is not just our minds.

In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth – and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . . and the tools for fighting back.

Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy – before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

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REVIEW:

3.8 / 5

I am going to have to start off with the fact that science fiction is not my genre. I don’t recall the last time I read a book from this genre, so this book definitely did a great job of getting me through the entirety of it because I’ve attempted to read a few in the recent past and I just couldn’t get past the first few chapters.

What I love about this is that it isn’t crazy science fiction that involves mutants or aliens or unfathomable concepts. It’s humans, brilliant humans who use their minds to the extent of coming up with something that no one would have ever thought was even remotely possible. It involves neuroscience and brain mapping and to be honest this aspect of the book is what captured my interest and I loved every bit of this idea. You’ve got to be a genius on a whole different level to actually come up with something of this sort.

The first half of the book was fantastic; there was a perfect blend of mystery, science and a plethora of feelings and conflicting emotions. I loved the way it folded out and when I started connecting the dots, it really excited me and there were so many moments that left me stunned. Then we reach the second half of the book, which is when my interest began dwindling. A fast paced story that kept me at the edge of my seat suddenly turned into a slow paced story that just kept repeating itself over and over again. Suddenly a whole bunch of new characters were introduced and the same concept [I say concept because I cannot throw in spoilers] was repeated in slightly altered ways. It really got mundane in the last part of the book to the point that I started skimming through certain parts because I just couldn’t sit and read the same thing over and over again. But all that being said, the last chapter definitely wrapped up on a good note, which was satisfying, especially after the whirlwind of fluctuating thoughts the second half put me through.

Overall, this book has a unique concept and like I mentioned before, it’s the work of a creative genius and I truly loved the idea of this. It was the second half, more specifically the last few chapters that kind of ruined it for me but of course this is my personal opinion, what I didn’t like might be what the rest of you might like. So if you are into science fiction and you have a decent understanding of terminologies related to science [I say this because a lot of fancy neuroscience related theories and such were discussed and if it’s something that goes right over your head, then you wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did], I would highly recommend that you give this book a shot.

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