Tomorrow Never Knows
By Jupiter, it’s murder!
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352 pages | Paperback Author: Eddie Robson Publisher: Snow Books The bad news in Eddie Robson’s Tomorrow Never Knows is that even after colonising Jupiter and its moons, mankind remains beset by the plague of hipsters, “telling themselves that they lived both at the bleeding edge of NOW and also in another, more authentic time of their own choosing,” in Robson’s words.
Despite the Jovian setting, the story feels firmly rooted in the contemporary. People obsess over social media and there are references to New Order and Now That’s What I Call Music compilations, plus a church that worships The Beatles ( hence the title). At the centre of the novel is Loreto, a floating city on Jupiter, where Magic Alex, a pastor in the aforementioned church of the Fab Four, is framed for murder. Tomas, a savant with a talent for numbers, suspects something is wrong with the city itself, while college dropout Ashton has the strange ability to read people’s lives from touching their hair...
Robson has a whimsical, gently comic style which makes his prose very digestible, but there’s a lack of urgency in Alex’s predicament and it takes a long time for the different strands to weave together. Robson is guilty of withholding information from the reader to suit the plot, and the final act deus ex machina is awkward, but the breezy tone helps to smooth out the bumps in the road.