“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

– George Orwell, 1984

My first book in the Sci-fi genre also my first read of Crouch’s work. I was really anticipated in reading this particular book for a very long time. This book certainly grabbed my attention when I was searching hard for the best book in the Sci-fi genre. I came to know about the book in Goodreads and the synopsis of the book intrigued me to buy it ASAP.  


The story is narrated in the view of Barry Sutton, an NYPD Detective who tries solving the case of the novel FMS- False memory syndrome. The victims of this syndrome get allusive thoughts of living two different lives. This global epidemic drives the affected crazy with memories of a life they never lived.

On the other end, we have Helena Smith who tries very hard in finding a solution to her mother’s Alzheimer’s. This spurs her to build a solution that is capable of saving a person’s memory for the future. The solution that Helena builds unravels to have a darker side which sets the spark to move the story forward.

The plot is all about how Barry makes his way to meet Helena and how they together strive in finding an antidote for the raising pandemic.


I loved reading each and every page of the book. I found it so compelling not to stop reading it. It drew me into a distinct aspect of reading Sci-fi. The treatment of science in the book is pretty different and engaging as there is a twist of love, emotion, and drama attached thought the story. There are different timelines, intricate scientific concepts running all over the story, which is keenly illustrated without any confusion or distress by the finesse writing of Blake Crouch.


If you are a lover of science fiction better add this book into your to-read list.