“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.”Blake Crouch, Recursion
In Black Crouch’s latest novel, Recursion, he follows the lives of Barry, a detective in New York City, and Helena, a scientist trying to create a technology to restore memories of people with Alzheimer’s. Helena is recruited by Marcus Slade to work with him on her device and given an unlimited budget. When Americans start experiencing False Memory Syndrome, memories that don’t seem to be their own, Helena and Barry’s lives soon become intertwined. This was my Book of the Month June pick and I don’t know why it took me so long to read it!
I’m not sure I even know how to write this review without spoilers. Blake Crouch uses a unique concept that hits close to home for a lot of us, making advances in technology and the people behind it the villain. Crouch does a great job of making you want to like the villain in the beginning and slowly bringing you around to thinking they’re bad. Technology is so prominent in our current culture you never want to think anything bad could happen from it so of course, you want to like the people behind it. It honestly reminds me of some of your superhero stories like Spiderman and Ironman where the villain uses technology to destroy the world.
I loved how the characters in the story’s lives come together. While they may not know each other in the beginning, they become quite acquainted in the end. It’s really interesting how Crouch manages to make the whole fictional world of people connected in a way. It’s great how the scientist is a badass female character too. We don’t see this often.
This book is action-packed! Every turn of the page left me wanting more. I’m a sucker for sci-fi and Recursion did not disappoint. This is the first novel I’ve read from Crouch and I will certainly be reading more now.