Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (401 pages)
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a story told against the backdrop of video game design.
Two friends form a bond over the joy of video games. Sam Masur fell in love with Sadie at a very young age but they’ve never been lovers. During his junior year at Harvard, they reconnect to create a game that launches them into stardom.
Literally overnight, Sam and Sadie set the world of gaming on fire with Ichigo. At twenty-five, they’ve achieved success and riches but ambition gets in the way of their friendship. Over the next thirty years and several continents, this novel examines friendship, failures, disability and the need to be loved and to love.
This is not your traditional love story
A uniquely nostalgic and funny and sharply written story with flawed but relatable characters.
Sam and Sadie forge an unlikely friendship that leads to a business partnership. Each came from a different background, and both have unique personalities. The one thing they do have in common is their passion for gaming.
The next thirty years of their friendship is messy, often contentious as they take the gaming world by storm. This story is about the obstacles in life and business, and the perseverance to explore variations of love.
The author shifts the point of view, ¾ of the way through the story, to the inside of a video game transitioning from the character’s point of view and various timelines. This shift is immersive, as the reader becomes a part of the game.
The Bottom Line: 4/5 Brookie Stars
This novel is about a gaming friendship that spans 30 years.. A platonic friendship is built in their youth and transitions them through adulthood. These characters experience hardship, love, loss and the renewal to start again together. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a love story that explores what is love across friends and across time. It does contain a lot of gaming references which helps to frame the bond between the characters. The reader doesn’t have to understand gaming to appreciate this story.
This novel took me by surprise – it is truly an original novel.
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