The premise of recursion, like Crouch’s other novels, is very unique. He’s definitely an up-and-coming voice in sci-fi.
His ideas are grounded in plausible modern physics. This time around (pun-intended), we have memory recovery researchers stumbling upon the most advanced, yet dangerous technology known to man. What begins as a method of healing Alzheimer’s patients ends in proving that our consciousness, perception, and reality are literal byproducts of memory and can be explored like a time-machine.
As such, Crouch can be hard to follow without a visual aid. I feel that Christopher Nolan could take this (and especially Crouch’s Dark Matter) and do it justice.
One of the things I like about Crouch is that his books start out one way and I think I have it pegged. And then about 3 or 4 more times later, the plot zags hard for me and the premise becomes something else entirely.
I was reminded of many other works during the book, such as:
* Dark (German TV series about time travel)
* Minority Report
* Groundhog Day
* a host of apocalyptic war movies and disaster movies
This book started out as a 2-3 star and ended a 4. For me, when a novel gets too “action-y”, I begin to get fuzzy eyed. I care less. But when it sticks with the characters, it keeps me grounded.
Thankfully, Recursion didn’t stray too long. It got back to the humanity of its characters and stayed there for the 3rd act.