Two things I don’t like: Shakespeare and Video Games. But somehow I loved this unique novel that is titled after Macbeth’s soliloquy and is about friends who form a video game company while they are in college.
Sam Masur and Sadie Green met when they were 11 and 10 years old at a Los Angeles hospital. Sam is there due to a tragic car accident that damaged his foot. Sadie is there because her older sister has cancer. These two incredibly brilliant children spend over 600 hours together, bonding over their love of video games. After an argument occurs, they do not speak for six years until they run into each other in Boston. Sam is a student at Harvard and Sadie is at MIT, when Sam convinces Sadie that they should build a video game together. Sam’s wealthy roommate, Marx, agrees to let them use his apartment over the summer to do the work. In exchange, Marx is made a producer. The game is an overnight success, plunging these three young adults into business together. Sam and Sadie love each other as friends but have great difficulty getting along. They again go through years of not speaking to each other. Marx is always the peace-maker, holding the business together.
This is a character-driven story about friendship, love, work, and finding balance in life. Sam, Sadie, and Marx will stay in my heart for a long time.
5-Stars. Many thanks to #NetGalley for my advanced reader copy of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. This novel was published on July 5, 2022.