Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch
Posted by sailingaway at 1:18 PM Sunday, October 26, 2014
“Strong debut…vivid and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly
Yesterday cannot last forever...
A decade has passed since the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash.
While the rest of the world has moved on, losing itself in the noise of a media-glutted future, survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past. Grieving for his wife and unborn child who perished in the blast, Dominic relives his lost life by immersing in the Archive—a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh, accessible to anyone who wants to visit the places they remember and the people they loved.
Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cases long since grown cold, but when he discovers glitches in the code surrounding a crime scene—the body of a beautiful woman abandoned in a muddy park that he’s convinced someone tried to delete from the Archive—his cycle of grief is shattered.
With nothing left to lose, Dominic tracks the murder through a web of deceit that takes him from the darkest corners of the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, leading him into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than anything he could have imagined.
I can only imagine the fire that must be sparked in this man's soul because of what he has lost. One day, his pregnant wife is there loving him and being his world, and the next day they are gone, along with an entire city. I don't blame him for still wanting to be there even ten years later and investigate everything that went wrong through the archive of the city. There is definitely a lot to follow from the world being in a post apocalypse phase, to John's grief, plus the crimes that are being investigated. It makes for a full and rich story with a lot going on.
I really liked the whole idea behind the story. It is inconceivable to me to understand the amount of work it would take to archive a whole city. It took a lot for me to even get beyond that being possible, however once I did, I really started to truly enjoy the events that unfolded. I could see it being painfully addicting to be able to go back to a wife that isn't there and live some happiness for a few hours, even if it isn't real. To have lost everything that mattered to you in a split second with no chance of ever getting it back again must be the worst thing a person can experience. The story has so many levels that it dives into that it can get a bit muddled at times but the overall picture is somewhat of a masterpiece. Check it out and it will not disappoint.
*Reviewed by Chris*
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