Recursion by Blake Crouch
That’s what NYC 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 lived.
That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s 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 more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just 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 it.
But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?
At once a relentless pageturner and an intricate science-fiction puzzlebox about time, identity, and memory, Recursion is a thriller as only Blake Crouch could imagine it—and his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Ableist language
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Alcohol consumption
- Forced drug use
- Alzheimers’ disease
- Nonconsensual human experimentation, on-page
- Forced & coerced sensory deprivation
- Grief depiction
- Death of a daughter, recounted
- Death of a child
- Torture, including psychological torture
- Death by a fall, on-page
- Atomic bomb
- Animal medical testing