Book Review: Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch

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It is ten years since the attack that reduced Pittsburgh to ashes. Today all that remains is the Archive: an interactive digital record of the city and its people.

John Dominic Blaxton is a survivor, one of the ‘lucky ones’ who escaped the blast. Crippled by the loss of his wife and unborn daughter, he spends his days immersed in the Archive with the ghosts of yesterday.

It is there he finds the digital record of a body: a woman, lying face down, half buried in mud. Who is she … and why is someone hacking into the system and deleting the record of her seemingly unremarkable life? This question will drag Dominic from the darkest corners of the past into a deadly and very present nightmare.

About the Author

Thomas Sweterlitsch has a Master’s Degree in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon. For the last twelve years he has been a Reader Advisor with the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter. Tomorrow and Tomorrow is his first novel.

“Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is a unique novel that blends cyberpunk, dystopia, and crime noir into one inter laced story.

The future sci-fi aspect of the story is rather bleak. People are hard-wired with ad-ware; constantly being bombarded with advertising, porn and violence. I think it may even be an allegory for today’s world; where one single tragedy could be filmed by dozens and posted on the internet within seconds without a pause for thought or empathy.

The main character John, is addicted to drugs and virtual memories of his dead wife. While working for the archive in a post apocalyptic Pittsburgh, he discovers a mystery. His job is to investigate the deaths of those who perished in the event- on a routine investigation he discovers a woman’s death with a missing data- data that had been deleted. Slowly he uncovers why.

“Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is an ambitious debt with a lot going on. Unfortunately at times I felt lost with all the dizzying events. With that being said, I did enjoy it and I can see how it compares to William Gibson’s Neromancer and Philip K. Dicks’s Minority report.

Thomas Sweterlitsch created a future world that is so bleak and shallow, that is frightening to think that if we continue with things- that could be our future. It is a thought-provoking novel and a must read for future sci-fi fans.

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