Recursion by Blake Crouch (4 out of 5)

Try sitting in a hospital room with your dying father and reading a book where the chapter in question is counting down the last seconds of a character’s life.

I don’t recommend it.

I waited for months for this book. Matt C and I were trying to get an advance of it. I begged Stefan at Penguin, who asked someone who asked someone else. I entered I don’t know how many giveaways on Goodreads and Shelf Awareness. I had my coworkers entering contests on FB and IG. No dice. In a last frenzied attempt to read it months before it was released, I went on Twitter and tweeted a request to the author. Not surprisingly, abject failure followed. I was not meant to read this until the week of June 11, its release date. Also the week my father was admitted with this bleed which ended up being the thing that took him out of this world. Again, as I was telling a customer about this just the other day, the universe meant for me to read this when I did. Except I had to put it down and finish it after my dad had passed. It was TOO INTENSE in its unfailing portrait of the love of family.

Love of family.

I should apologize in advance because a lot of my rambling discourses known as book blog entries may veer toward my father’s death. It will take time to work through this. There were so many fucked up things going on in the year, the months leading up to, the week before and of his death, and just wait until you hear how the month since has worked out. Life and loss of it? Crazy shit. Speaking of.. this book? Crazy shit. In a good way. And before you ask, I did like Dark Matter better. But by a smidge. Crouch is great at bending what you think of as conventional reality and messing it up so, so bad. You question it. You reread the same page several times. You try to process it. You may succeed. You may not. But you will not be bored. And if you are? Well, your loss.

Barry Sutton is a NYC cop investigating False Memory Sydrome, an illness where victims recall memories of a life they’ve never lived. Helena Smith is a neuroscientist who is trying to create technology that will preserve the most important memories of our lives. Helena’s mom is battling for her memories, which drives Helena to make a potential deal with the devil to get her memory chair done. Barry and Helena must join forces to defeat the enemies that are supposed to be helping them with their respective fights. But are they really on the same team? And can they make these things happen before innocent people are affected? This book is fluid in that it never stops moving. It also never gives you an idea what the hell is going to happen. So, a definite win in every way. I just couldn’t put away the bleakness. For a book with dual premises of a happy outcome, it is so, so dark. Almost too dark for me. But you? You might dig it. Recursion is available in hardcover at your local bookstore.

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~ by generationgbooks on July 23, 2019.

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