Recursion cover

Review: Recursion


Recursion coverAuthor: Blake Crouch;
Genre: Science Fiction;
Format: Audiobook;
Narrators: Jon Lindstrom and Abby Craden;
Publisher: Random House Audio (2019);
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5).

This title has very mixed reviews, and there are good reasons for that. Overall, however, the clever plot and the good narration really saved it for me.

This is mind-bending science-fiction dealing with memory and how dangerous it can become. A New York City cop becomes obsessed by an apparent suicide where the victim suffered from False Memory Syndrome, a terrifying (and thankfully made up) disease that creates an entire life of memories that never actually happened. This story is woven in with that of the scientist who inadvertently created the virus some years earlier. Hence to two narrators: the male detective and the female scientist.

There are some intense and heartbreaking scenes, but the story is fascinating. Unfortunately, there is a lot of repetition—the nature of the beast—that served to drag out the story a bit. This is one of the most-celebrated science fiction titles of 2019, and it’s definitely thought-provoking.

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