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    Unique concept

    Wow! This was such a unique concept that was executed in a completely entertaining manner. I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw that it was being published. I was very impressed with Blake Crouch's Dark Matter and I wanted to see if this new book would be as entertaining. Once I really started reading this book, I didn't want to stop. I really had a great time with this one. Helena is a scientist. She has made a chair that she hopes will preserve memories for individuals with Alzheimer's or other ailments that produce problems with memory. Her chair ends up doing something a bit more. This chair has the ability to propel individuals back into their memories. Unfortunately, everyone connected to the events that are changed is left with memories of both timelines. Barry is a New York City police officer. He has been dealing with a lot of cases of False Memory Syndrome while on the job and he decides to look into the phenomena a bit further. He has no idea what is really going on but what he learns shocks him. I found the entire premise of this book to be very well done. It was somewhat complicated and I found myself really trying to figure out how things would work out. I think that the characters' desperation to change events and correct mistakes was perfectly illustrated and I couldn't help but cheer them on. I think that this story really proved how big of an impact even a small change in our lives can make and how important our memories are. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a very thought-provoking journey filled with fantastic characters and a lot of emotion. I cannot wait to read more from this wonderful author! I received a digital review copy of this book from Crown Publishing via NetGalley.
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    WOW!

    Just a Few Words:  This author turns my brain into mush.  He makes me think.  He makes me question.  He makes me crave his next  book.  Okay, let's begin... Recursion by Blake Crouch is a Science Fiction novel. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crown Publishing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Neuroscientist Dr. Helena Smith has a dream that may help her mother, and so many others. She wants to find a way to help those with Alzheimers to capture, preserve and regain their memories. When Marcus Slade approaches her with unlimited funding, Helena jumps at the chance to build the chair she is sure will work. She is more successful than she could have hoped for. Unfortunately, her original ideas and design have been expanded upon until the end result does so much more than it should ever do. In the wrong hands... Barry Sutton is a New York City police detective, who could not prevent the suicide of a woman named Ann Voss Peters. Before jumping to her death, she told Barry that she had False Memory Syndrome (FMS), and was sure that in another life she had been married to Joe Behrmann, and had a 9 year old son. She said she had just come from visiting Joe, and he denied knowing her, but she is sure he recognized her. She came to the place where Joe’s first wife Franny had committed suicide, in hopes that Joe may show up. He did not. She jumped. From other things she said, Barry decides to visit Joe Behrmann, and his wife Franny. He is about to find out more than he should. False Memory Syndrome is on the rise. People are suddenly dealing with memories of two different lives, and they aren’t handling this well. Which memory is right? Suicides are up, mental illness is sky-rocketing, and no one knows who to blame. When the chair falls into the wrong hands (again), and then into the hands of many, the whole world is in trouble. Helena and Barry are going to have to work together to stop what Helena has created, before the world destroys itself. But they will have to try again and again, as time keeps re-setting itself, as do their memories. My Opinions: I continue to enjoy Blake Crouch’s books. I never know where his imagination will take me, and although he often delves into science, he always explains it in such a way that the novice (me) can understand. I am not saying I didn’t have to pay close attention, but in the end, I got it. This was one Hell of a ride. At times it was a little confusing as the story is told in different and repeating timelines. The characters were engaging, the plot amazing, and the outcome a little unexpected. The plot had me wondering….if I could go back and change something in my life but know that the change would affect others….would I? Would you? Would you be able to help yourself? Would you think twice? Would I? A dilemma… Then, what if you invented something that could benefit people, and someone came along and said it could be used for other purposes, maybe not as ethical, what would you do? Pull the plug? Go forward anyway? Another dilemma…. Am I rambling?  Okay, I’ll be thinking about this book for a while… This was one of those books that was really hard to put down, partly because I was afraid I’d lose my spot in the timeline. Mostly, however, because it was just so addicting. I loved it!
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    Recursion

    Recursion is the latest, and perhaps best, story by Blake Crouch. This book is almost impossible to put down and when you aren't reading this it is still in the back of your mind. Waiting to fall asleep at night you will be thinking "What if?" and "When?" I wish I could give this story more than 5 stars. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Groundhog Day goes thermonuclear

    If Michael Crichton wrote Groundhog Day, plus Blake’s signature flavour of action. Mr. Crouch deserves respect.
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    A mindblowing tour de force!

    A wealthy megalomaniac who came from the gutter: Marcus Slade. A well-intentioned and ambitious neuroscientist who wants to implement a technology to preserve memories for Alzheimer's patients. A New York City detective who stumbles into the nightmare of the False Memory Syndrome. They all interact in RECURSION, one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read! It surpasses even Mr. Crouch's fantastic DARK MATTER! RECURSION is Groundhog Day and The Matrix on steroids and hallucinogens! "Memory...the filter between us and reality". "What time did we do the experiment tomorrow?: this is what this book is about!. Who are we without our memories? ARE we? As a philosophy student, I fell in love with Plato, Augustine, and Martin Heidegger for their works on perception of reality, but especially time and the self in conjunction with time. There is no real present; as soon as we realise it has occurred, it's already in the past. Does time exist without memories? Time is insubstantial, and memories are ours to know, to remember. Or in the case of RECURSION, are they? As a rule, I don't like time travel, yet I had loved the author's Dark Matter and RECURSION is even better; Blake Crouch is a genius, there are no two ways about it! The voyage that is RECURSION is so extraordinary, I knew that the ending wouldn't matter to me one way or the other. It is utterly mesmerising, and the best novel I have read in ages. Towards the end of Book One, I had to take a short mental break, because WHOA! I almost felt like crying because I couldn't finish the book in one stretch, and yet RECURSION is so exhausting, I don't think I could have. It felt as if Philip K. Dick and my favourite philosophers had come together, in one timeline, to write a technothriller! And I can't think of anything better. The plot twists, especially the first huge one, made me gasp and re-read to make sure I hadn't misunderstood, and that was the first "Wow, what?!" of many. I can't believe how incredibly original, exhilarating, and terrifying RECURSION is. It's super fast-paced, not a word is wasted as you follow the story, and think, think, think, and try not to forget and process what's happening. I honestly can't imagine how Blake Crouch was able to sustain the suspense, the pace, and how he didn't get confused. I was enthralled and simultaneously impressed with the author's ingenuity and research. RECURSION belongs on my keeper shelf forever. The mind boggles at what Blake Crouch will think of next, but I'm already waiting with bated breath.
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