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review 2019-08-05 20:11
Book Takes Too Long To Get to the Point
Recursion - Blake Crouch

So at this point I cannot give this one more than three stars. The main reason is that I disliked a good 50 percent of this book. I kept going with it hoping it would pay off, but it took too long to get there. I think dividing up the POVs is what made it confusing. I get why Crouch did it (to make the reveal cooler) but geez it took forever and I was so confused I went back to the beginning to make sure I was reading things correctly. Also there's a twist that I don't think was in the book but we find out about later. I also call BS on how things got resolved. I had flashbacks to Twilight and that whole love shield and I just do not think Crouch wanted to go that way.  This book's world building needed to be stronger. 

 

"Recursion" deals with an America that is dealing with many people coming down with something called False Memory Syndrome. Every day men and women are waking up remembering another time and place that feels real to them. Many of them cannot handle it and end up committing suicide. Scientists don't know what is causing is, but it seems that when one person who has the syndrome comes into contact with others, it spreads. New York Police Department officer Barry Sutton starts wondering about the woman he met who jumped after suffering from False Memory Syndrome. He is still reeling from the anniversary of his daughter's death and wants something more out of his life. When he starts following the trail of the dead woman he comes across something shocking. We also follow neuroscientist Helena Smith. Helena wants to figure out a cure to her mother's Alzheimer's disease. 

 

I have to say that it takes a long time to see where Crouch is heading for this. Thank the stars we just follow Barry and Helena. Anymore primary characters would have done my head in. The book jumps back and forth between them and you really have to pay attention to the dates/times otherwise you are going to get completely confused. I have to say that I don't know about Barry and Helena at times. It took til the last half of the book that I warmed up to them both.

 

Barry we get is broken after his marriage falls apart after his daughter's death. He seems to be barely functioning. When he is given an opportunity that I don't think many people would turn down, he ends up still not embracing things that had changed for him. 

 

Helena took a whole lot longer to understand. I don't want to spoil, but think that Crouch lost some of the heart of the story when we mostly focused on Barry towards the end. 


The secondary characters like Slade and others really have no rhyme or reason to them I have to say. I needed more there. You can't set up what is going on in this story with a more focused adversary. 

 

The writing was okay, but as other reviewers said, the science really didn't make a lot of sense in this one. As I already said, that ending made zero sense to me and I think that Crouch wanted to just finish this up with the ending he already had in mind.


The flow was not good. There are four parts to this book and it takes until part of Part III to have anything start to make even a little bit of sense. I don't think Crouch should have spoiled readers, but he needed to make us understand more of what is going on besides talking about mice and memories. None of what is in this book read as plausible to me. I realize I like more dystopian books that end up on the speculative fiction side of things since to me that reads as things that could happen. I don't see how any of this could happen. After a while it read like the movie Endgame to me in book form and I just wanted to get to the ending already. There is a lot of repetition that may make readers want to skip ahead too. 

 

The book jumps around a lot and I suggest that readers pay attention to the dates when people are speaking. I have to say that Crouch didn't do a good job of technological upgrades/advances when speaking of certain years/decades. We also jump around to different cities, countries and everything read as the same after a while.

The ending hit a high note for me and honestly the last 100 pages of this book were so good. I just wish that the beginning of the book was much stronger. 

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text 2019-08-04 02:45
Reading progress update: I've read 336 out of 336 pages.
Recursion - Blake Crouch

Wow.  Okay first part was confusing, second part easier and third and fourth was a lot of despair and then hope. 

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review 2019-08-02 22:06
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion - Blake Crouch


Holy Hell in a time traveling handbasket. This book was all sorts of deep and messy.


I feel that I must give fair warning though: this review will most likely have me swimming upstream against the tide of glowing reviews, salmon style... without the spawning of course.... mainly due to the fact that I had a COMPLETELY different experience than almost all of the other reviews I have seen. Bottom line is that I just didn't like the book. There, I said it, it dazzled with World Development but disappointed in every other category. I wanted to like it, I really did!! BUT, I couldn't seem to care for anyone or any thing which to me, is an unforgivable happenstance in a book.


This book hit some notes perfectly and the rest was discord. My experience with this book boiled down to something like this: (mindbending physics based philosophy) + (an annoyingly repetitive storyline) / (my precious reading time) = a massive case of Time Suckery...and not in a good way.


It is a Sci-Fi thriller that has its moments. It boasts okay characters, flat dialogue and absolutely brilliant world building. But can a book rest on its world building alone?? It is equal parts dark (good so far), fatalistic (which can definitely make a good read) and sluggish (zzzzzzz). Yes, there are lots of moving parts but they lack teeth or hooks to ensnare or even make me care one whit. Unfortunately it felt like an enormous Groundhog's Day ripoff with a bunch of (plausible sounding) scientific concepts thrown into the mix. This ultimately ended up coming out as a time loop yawn festival and that's saying a lot coming from me who absolutely inhales and lives for good Time Travel books. See there? The emphasis is on Good, and Recursion?? Well it was definitely on the wrong side of that word.


The story is told from 2 perspectives and both are pretty dull. Helena is a super genius, which is pretty awesome, but she is also a 2 dimensional character if ever I read one. Our second main character is Barry. He starts off as an NYPD detective who, many lifetimes later, casually picks up complex physics, philosophy and neuroscience like it was just a matter of changing his reading material. To me, that is quite unrealistic... but even with that, they still stumbled on.


I was zealously excited to read this book BUT I felt thoroughly cheated when reading started to feel like I was wading through syrup. What was the worst part you may ask? Well hands down that was when I got to the last sentence. There I found myself saying, through gritted teeth, "what the ever loving Fuck Blake??" It dropped off midsentence which is a categorical no no in my world!! There was slight conflict resolution but not enough to say "ahhhhhh now THAT was worth my time and mental synapse power making new memories of this book"! I want to sit in "the" chair, go back into my earlier timeline and choose a different book.


Overall: I guess Blake Crouch and I have officially decided to part ways. He just isn't for me. Both this book and Dark Matter gave me headaches (sans bloody nose, yet still just as annoying).


If you loved Dark Matter then this book will most likely be for you! Now me, on the other hand, I need a new book STAT to scrub this one from my memory.

 

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review 2019-06-23 18:53
Recursion
Recursion - Blake Crouch

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.]

This novel definitely dealt with an interesting idea, one that raised a lot of ethical conundrums—and not only when it comes to mapping and injecting memories. It’s hard to fully develop this without spoiling, and whoever has read the book will know anyway what I’m talking about. Suffice to say that considering the successive outcomes after the turning point “experiment”, it was only logical that things would go to the dogs a little more each time.

The events immediately after the leak were particularly shocking due to how.. logical and expected they were: one group trying to prevent terrorist events, and the terrorist group causing them switching to a new attack every time the previous one is unmade. I can totally see that happening.

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The concept explored here is one that lends itself todiscussion and to a lot of divergingopinions, and illustrates perfectly how the road to Hell is so often paved with good intentions. And I’d definitely side with Helena here: as much as her technology would be great if used at a very small scale, I wouldn’t trust humanity with it either.

The DARPA episode illustrated this so very well. Here we had this group of government-type people, who were committed to use the chair, but at least had enough wisdom to keep Helena on board as their safeguard, precisely so that they could make sure to use her technology to do good and never go too far. Then a leak occurred, and all their good work was thrown under the bus, and the worst-case scenarii started to happen.

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In terms of the plot, I was totally on board. The story demands one to stay focused on the details, since several events happening throughout the novel become essential again later on—I read mostly while commuting/walking, so I tend to unconsciously ‘skim’ at times, and here, I had to go back to realise that what felt like a plot hole was just my not having paid enough attention. I didn’t agree with everything in terms of science (doesn’t matter what happens at the quantum level, you can’t exactly use that and apply it to the macro level), but it didn’t have much of an impact on my enjoyment while reading, and I’m OK with that.

Where I didn’t like the book so much was when it came to the characters. Due to the nature of the plot, a lot rested on repetitive scenes, with the same characters. However, while I didn’t dislike them, I didn’t feel particularly connected to them either. Which is really too bad—you’ve got to admire Helena’s courage and resiliency, and the sacrifices she made, to try and repair the damage; that would turn more than one person completely mad after the first couple of attempts. But I wasn’t convinced by the shortcuts taken with the characters’ relationship (how they get to know each other, how said relationship developed). To be honest, for me, this was Helena’s story. Barry mostly seemed like he was needed so that there would be someone (anyone) with Helena to give a hand, with more importance towards the end, which in itself also tasted a little too much like “in spite of all the girl’s efforts, the guy’s the one who saves the day”, so…

Conclusion: 3 stars. It was a plot-driven story, a plot that I liked, but in this specific case, it also needed to be character-driven, and that didn’t happen.

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review 2019-06-20 02:44
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion - Blake Crouch

Wow, this was one crazy and very cool ride! It was like a Black Mirror, Fringe, and Twilight Zone episode all wrapped up and made into a movie.


There are already enough reviews of this book to look through that I am not going to re-hash what the synopsis is about except to say it has to do with memories, time travel and timelines- and let me tell you, this one is crazy-loopy!


If you love a good sci-fi story give this one a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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