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New York City cop Barry Sutton 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. Neuroscientist Helena Smith dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. 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. Together they face a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. Memory makes reality-- and the force is beginning to unmake the world as we know it.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524759780
Branch Call Number: FIC CROUCH
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 25 cm


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A smart, fast-paced sci-fi thriller that has a little bit of everything: time travel, alternate realities, romance, and revenge.

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Nov 05, 2020

Crouch is a much-published author with critical acclaim and a following, and a lot of work has obviously gone into this novel, but I was left cold. Too much exposition, characters that I found lifeless and undeveloped (emotions and attitudes are more often described than displayed), scene-setting that depends excessively on music and brands, a recent-present setting that somehow accentuates the fact that the events didn't happen rather than suspend disbelief, a science-fiction premise that is unconvincing and has ancillary effects that seem tacked-on, and too much of the novel is taken up by action scenes that soon become boring. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Oct 14, 2020

Amazing, fast-paced book! I was unable to put it down, and when I did put it down, I spent a lot of time thinking about it and the implications of altering time. (That's all I'm going to say - I don't want to ruin it for anyone!)

Oct 14, 2020

All I can say about this book is wow! It takes you on twists and turns, and sometimes you don't know where you are, but it all makes sense in the end. It was mentioned that the last half of the book can be hard to follow (you're not always sure which timeline you're on), and while that's true, I didn't find it annoying. I highly recommend this book, especially for sci-fi fans.

Sep 02, 2020

*wipes sweat off head* Whew. That was a close one guys. Things get pretty dire near the end of this and I wasn't sure how it was going to wrap up within 12 pages. TW for suicide. Many instances. This was much darker than Dark Matter (ha!) but definitely a page turner!

A quick and intense read for anyone who enjoys sci fi about multiverses, worm holes, time travel and time paradoxes! A different take on the ol' time machine.

Aug 15, 2020

An uncomfortably stressful read. Highly recommended.

If you liked this, you'll like Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. And if you liked Middlegame, you'll like this.

Jul 06, 2020

This book reminded me of The Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher. A great book, although while I understand, I hate getting to parts that just verbatim, recall an earlier part of the book. I was punching the air at the end of the book because the sentence cut off. I want to read what was said! Then end it. The end and Epilogue go together, but it seems that would've been better added in a movie than the book.

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My biggest question is a person having the resolve to essentially relive the same years over with or without cause. That's insane. Whether it be a great life or horrible one, I couldn't imagine being anything other than the me with all the events that make me who I am.

Jun 16, 2020

Completely, utterly insane in all the best ways. I wish I could erase it from my memory so I could read it again for the first time.

May 02, 2020

Not worth the time. I listened to the audio version and the premise was good, but the story didn't deliver.

Apr 09, 2020

One of my absolute favorite Sci-fi authors, Black Crouch always makes you think we're already on the cusp of the science he uses in his books. This one in particular kept me reading at a furious pace. There's just the perfect amount of explanation, tension, mystery, drama and sadness and hope. This was a thrilling read!

Apr 03, 2020

This book is mad bonkers but so intriguing and fascinating. The characters feel like someone you know really well by the end of the book. Blake Crouch is a magician weaving the most beautiful sentences together and punching you in the feels at the same time. He marries memory, love, science and a touch of madness in his new book. I want this to be a film or mini-series so badly, it would be incredible. This book is mind-bending and beautiful! 4/5 stars.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Nov 03, 2019

But there was a dreamlike quality to the last eleven years. He was swept up in the minutiae of living, and with no tangible connection to the life he'd been ripped out of, it was all too easy to relegate what had happened to the deepest recesses of consciousness and memory. But now, sitting in a cafe on the banks of the Hudson Rover with Julia and Meghan on the morning of his daughter's twenty-sixth birthday, he has a blinding awareness of being in this moment for a second time.


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