Author: Blake Crouch
Author: Blake Crouch
This is my 104th read for the year.
You may see a lot of "off challenge" books over the next few months. A new library has opened up here in Basel that has a pretty nice English book section. So I am going to use that to grab some of the titles I have been longing to read, but am on the "forever and a day" waiting list for the e-book versions.
This dystopian novel takes you through what would happen if we developed a way for someone to go back into the past and change things. Cop Barry Sutton is a cop who is investigating something called False Memory Syndrome - something that is widely known but has not yet been explained. People remember lives in parallel to the one they are actually living. It makes them go mad - feel like they are losing their minds.
Helena is a neurologist looking for a cure for Alzheimers before her mother succumbs to it - trying to save memories so that patients don't lose who they are. She invents a machine that can "change" people's memories, but the consequences of that prove disatrous.
Helena's chair that she invents falls into the wrong hands and it is a race to stop them for using it to cause world chaos. She and Barry have to work together to solve a problem she didn't mean to create.
This book was pretty good. I read it over one day because I borrowed it. It is a fast paced book that you are going to want to speed through to see where it is going and how it will end. The story took a little while to build up to where it was going, but once it got there, I felt that it almost moved too quickly. That too many things were happening to the point of exhaustion. The timelines and do-overs actually got to be a bit old after awhile. The ending wasn't great, but not terrible. It is so hard to write a satisfying ending.
I am a fan of Blake Crouch overall. I have read his Wayward Pines series (and watched the TV show). I read Dark Matter. Both great books. I was anxious to dive into this one because I love dystopian future novels. And I would say overall it was a worthy read.