I ended up enjoying this time travel story the more i read. At first it seemed to be a couple of almost unrelated stories but as they unfolded, and their connection started to develop, i got more and more into it. I’ll have to reread it as some concepts were pretty complicated but i think i would anyway - it’s a bit gut wrenching at times but the ending was quite beautiful. I found Crouch’s writing professional, reminded me of Michael Crichton and a pleasure to read. I read Dark Matter before this and found it quite bleak so I almost didn’t read this one. I’m glad I persevered.
Blake Crouch is back, with another thought provoking mind bending novel that takes time, to travel through time and realise the full butterfly effect, or is that Mandela effect of what it means to remember.
The story is well paced but longer than expected and broken into 5 "books". This services a timeline of events and makes it easier to read in order.
That said what starts out as two distinct stories destined to converge - The send half of Recursion is more sci fi futuristic and all together linear changing up the reflections and mystery for straight up action.
The last arc of the narrative is suitably repetitive while also stretching the credibility of its own ideas. There are points towards the end where it.just.doesnt.end. And then very easily it does and yet the final ending feels unfulfilled, it felt like so many threads had been retconned and left unresolved.
If there is one issue with Blake's story is that he seems intent on telling a story of two destined lovers, and yet then totally ignores that poor wife and daughter of one of the main characters. The daughter especially is ignored in the backhalf dead twice and relegated to never being born, the wife an afterthought. I was expecting some resolution here but alas, at least the 2 main characters found each other again .
Not the Notebook, or the Butterfly Effect or Looper this book does what Blake Crouch does best.