Recursion – Published 2019
“That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.
As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds, but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.
But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?” – Goodreads
I am still not okay after reading this. I read it because Becca listed it as one of her top two reads of the year, and holy cannoli. What a way to start off 2022’s reading…
I am not usually a sci-fi reader, but I was extremely invested in this story from the get. It really sucks you in because honestly, wtf is going on?
The author is able to write a sci-fi in a way that also is emotional, which the main character’s personalities and experiences being developed more and more with each altered timeline and memory manipulation. It is suspenseful, fast-paced, and so well-done.
And, as you may predict, humans cannot be trusted with anything. Read this book.