Recursion: If I Could Save Time In a Bottle



Never having read anything from Blake Crouch before, I had no idea what to expect when I started Recursion back in August. I definitely wasn't expecting...that.

Recursion is a pretty wild one. The book is told from the point of view of two characters: Barry Sutton and Helen Smith, two completely unrelated people, or so it seems. Barry is a NYC police detective and the first on the scene of a potential jumper. The woman he finds on the edge of a building tells him she suddenly remembered living a whole other life. In this life she had a husband and a son, a life totally different than the one she is actually living. She's not the first to experience this new phenomenon called False Memory Syndrome. However, this is Barry's first encounter with the strange ailment. Something about the woman's story piques his interest and sends him down a bizarre rabbit hole.

A decade earlier, Helen is a struggling researcher looking for a cure for Alzheimer's. She's trying to get funding for the building of her Memory Chair, an invention she hopes will help patients hold on to their remaining memories. Unexpectedly, she receives a dream offer from a generous donor. The only catch is that she must build it on an abandoned oil platform in the middle of the ocean. What could go wrong!

When I started reading Recursion, within the first few chapters I thought, Ok, this is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is fine. I could have read that book, no big deal.



But.. then it was something else, and then... SOMETHING ELSE. It was totally bonkers. I can't even tell you where this plot goes. Just go with it. It did get grimly repetitive near the end and I so wanted that to end sooner than it did. But don't give up, it does wrap up and we get a somewhat happy ending.

Here's the thing though. After I finished it, I ended up lying in bed at night trying to work out the events in this book. There were some things that just didn't add up. At least in my mind. Maybe they all make perfect sense to Crouch, but who knows because it gets pretty weird.

Don't try to figure it out

About the Audio
: Recursion is narrated by |Jon Lindstrom and Abby Craden. Linstrom is not new to me. He also read Ghostland which I reviewed. 
Thank you to Random House Audio for the review copy via Volumes. All opinions are my own.

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