Recursion by Blake Crouch
Reviewed by Carina, Librarian at Warren Township Library
Brilliant neuroscientist Helena Smith set out to map human memory in an effort to save her mother from Alzheimer’s. She instead creates the means to command time itself through memory, and of course big money wants a slice of the tech. Helena fights big corporations, time, and memory itself resulting in a page-turning thriller that can only be described as the love child of The Terminator and Quantum Leap.
While Helena fights big corporations,memory, and time, innocent Detective Barry Sutton gets swept along the maelstrom. He fights his own personal demons and past memories as he struggles to help Helena in her ultimate mission and their connection ignites a love story that nothing can seem to kill.
Recursion is one of those novels that you know is going to be big before it was even published. It’s the kind of book that you hope someone will turn into a movie – an albeit really expensive movie – but a future blockbuster nonetheless. Blake Crouch’s latest triumph has romance, a strong female protagonist, murder, action, and enough hard science fiction to rival Andy Weir’s The Martian.
Despite Recursion’s foundation in the hard sciences, degrees in neither physics nor biology are required to truly love this book. It isn’t about the science but rather how the science affects the people we loved, love now, and will love in the future.