Book Review: Recursion (Blake Crouch)

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Way back when I first started blogging, I read and reviewed Dark Matter which quickly became one of my favourites! As a person who rarely reads novels with a science fiction vibe, I was shocked by how much I loved it.  I raved about it.  I shouted from the rooftops. I reread it.

So, at the end of my school year, when I realized that Blake Crouch was releasing Recursion, I rushed to add this one to my summer TBR and I dove in.

Like Dark Matter, Recursion is a novel that bent the line between reality and fiction leaving me uneasy…and I loved it!  Essentially looking at the idea of memory and recalling memories, Recursion follows a scientist, Helena, and a cop, Barry, as they navigate lives, past lives and memories.  Fast paced and thrilling, the novel moves back and forth through narrative view and time.  As their stories collide (along with their past and present memories), I found myself flipping through the pages and completely hooked!

My one complaint with this work is that I felt like it was about 100 pages too long.  I loved the pacing at the beginning, and I found that I needed all the explanations; however, by the end, I felt the story dragging and stalling without reason.   I was frustrated with the continuous repetition by the main characters, and, even though I understand the plot relied on this repetition, I felt like I could have done without a few of the minor story arcs.

Regardless of my length issue, I did feel like this one would be a great read for summer.  I lounged around my patio for countless hours devoured by this storyline.

4 stars.

Would I want this as a series on Netflix?  ABSOLUTELY!  Give me this story a hundred times over in a mini-series.  I want this explained in flashbacks.  I want this story developed by actors.  Someone breakdown this science!

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Recursion (Blake Crouch)

  1. I loved this one and Dark Matter too! Have you heard they are developing a movie and tv series based on it at Netflix?


  2. Thanks for sharing your review! I’d been considering this and Dark Matter as future read so it was very helpful 🙂


  3. Like you, I enjoyed Recursion recently. It’s not an easy book to truly grok. To explain what’s going on I put together a plot explanation, FAQ and chart of all the timelines here:

    I’m hoping to help other readers who have questions about the book. It took me a re-read to appreciate it. Would you please take a look and add a plug to my explainer post in yours if you find it useful? Thanks!


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