The Captain’s Log – recursion (Blake Crouch)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This is me third book by the author and will not be me last.  This book was a fun sci-fi thriller that deals with the ideas of memory.  What happens if a person suddenly, out of the blue, has memories of a past life that they never lived?  What could go wrong?

Well in this book a cop named Barry Sutton finds out when he goes to help a potential suicide jumper.  The woman has “False Memory Syndrome” and is grieving the child she never had.  Barry’s interactions lead to lots of questions.  A mystery is born and it’s one that only increases in scale when Barry himself develops the syndrome.  At the heart of the issue is a scientist Helena.  Barry and Helena get caught up in the FMS and what it means for the future of the world.

I really, really enjoyed this novel.  It deals with time travel, consequences of actions, the roads previously not taken, a bit of romance, and of course saving the world.  I absolutely loved following the course of the changing time frames through the two characters’ lives.  The only negative things were some dragging moments and some (to me) major plot holes especially towards the end.  But the ride was quick, thrilling, and fun.  And the actual last chapter.  Perfect.  Arrrr!

Check out this quote from Matey Nilufer @ Goodreads:

So this book is amazing combination of time traveling, alternated lifetimes, Minority Reports meet Groundhog Day versus Black Mirror and Back to the Future kinda fascinating science fiction crashes into thriller and romance starting with . . . jaw dropping scene and you’re hooked!

And this one from Mogsy @ the bibliosanctum:

If the best thrillers make you feel breathless, then Recursion by Blake Crouch is definitely one you don’t want to miss! I also laughed, fretted, and raged a little. Heck, I’m not ashamed to admit I even cried some. I swear, if all books were this exciting and addictive, there’d be no such thing as reading slumps. But then I guess we’d also be in a lot of trouble, because nothing would ever get done and no one would ever leave their house again.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Memory makes reality.

That’s what New York City 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?

To visit the author’s website go to:

Blake Crouch – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

recursion – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

dark matter (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

run (Off the Charts – Thriller)

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