Recursion by Blake Crouch

What if you could go back in 'time' and fix something in your life – would you do it? To save your child? To become wealthy?

This book is about a scientist who invents such a machine to go back in 'time' and how this utterly fucks up our world. Why do I keep typing 'time' in quotes? This machine actually transplants the consciousness of the person into an earlier memory. Of course this sort of 'time' travel is not without its side effects.

I like this author. His stories have a sci-fi dilemma at the center of it but the story mostly centers around people. I also appreciate that he doesn't make book series. His previous book, Dark Matter, did deal with time travel in a way but it's still a very different book than Recursion. It does seem the author has time travel on the brain lately though.

Time travel is one of those endlessly fascinating things human think about, such as immortality. What would happen? Could humanity cope with such power? Does anything matter anymore if it can always be redone?

“Time is an illusion, a construct made out of human memory. There’s no such thing as the past, the present, or the future. It’s all happening now.”

Crouch has managed to make another really solid sci-fi thriller. I hesitate to compare the author to Dan Brown but Crouch has done the same thing for sci-fi that Brown did for historical fiction. Is sci-fi thriller a genre? Well if it is, Crouch's novels would firmly be placed in that category.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #14 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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