Book review

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

In a few words

This story starts back in 1987 when Sam and Sadie meet as children, bonding over computer games they play to while away time in a hospital where Sam is a patient and Sadie a visitor. Thus begins the strong connection to each other and gaming that draws them back together at university and into the gaming industry. Along the way, Marx, Sam’s friend, is gathered in and becomes the magic ingredient binding them all together and propelling them to commercial success.

Great for

Those readers open to understanding and appreciating something of great importance to so many younger generations around the world: gaming.

Why I love this book

Having never played a computer game, I was keen to read a novel about this alien world, written by someone who is a gamer themselves. It was easy to be drawn into Sadie, Sam and Marx’s lives and as a consequence, the world of computer gaming. Apart from characters that you become emotionally invested in, there is a satisfying intellectual component to the story with many references to art, literature and philosophy. Thankfully the author does not shy away from some of the well-known problems of the gaming industry: sexism and concerns around violence in games. 

This is a novel ready to be discussed with the young people in your life – Gabrielle Zevin has given us a beautiful story and an exhilarating entrée into the world of video games

My one criticism would be

Although many of the real games referenced in the story are mentioned in the Notes and Acknowledgements, a chronological list would have been helpful, as would have been a short glossary for some of the gaming acronyms. ​This is not a failing of the story, however, rather a reflection of my own ignorance. 

Annie Boardman

Blurb Writer

A member of four book groups (yes, four!) Annie is happy to read anything and everything that comes her way, but she especially enjoys books that enlarge her world view.

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