Monday, February 11, 2013

Doomed by Tracy Deebs Review

Title: Doomed

Author: Tracy Deebs 

Publish Date: Published January 8th 2013 by Walker Childrens

Beat the game. Save the world. Pandora’s just your average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, surfing Facebook and e-mailing with her friends, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there is no Internet. No cell phones. No utilities, traffic lights, hospitals, law enforcement. Pandora teams up with handsome stepbrothers Eli and Theo to enter the virtual world of Zero Day. Simultaneously, she continues to follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father, her one key to saving the world as we know it. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.

Doomed is THE novel that will draw gamers out of their virtual world into the world of the written word!!

 It’s Pandora’s birthday. When she first wakes up, she checks her messages and email….nothing…nothing from her mother to wish her a happy birthday. Pandora’s mother is out of town as usual for business, and her father has been out of the picture for ten years. Feeling lonely, Pandora tries to call her mother and gets the cold treatment….no mention of her birthday…typical for Pandora.

 As Pandora is getting ready for school, she decides to check her email one more time. She discovers an email from her father. After a great deal of indecision, Pandora decides to open the email. Her Father has sent her a letter with a link to a website. Living up to her namesake, Pandora goes to the site that is actually a blog, with pictures and letters from her father over the years. She decides to have the pictures printed since she has none of her father, and heads to school. 

At school, she meets the new step brothers, Eli and Theo.

 When Pandora returns home, she is anxious to explore the blog from her father, however, finds that the blog no longer exists and the email has also disappeared. Pandora finds this odd, and then starts having trouble with the internet, her cell phone, and power in her home. She runs over to the neighbors’ house to see if they are having difficulties too, and learns that Eli and Theo are her new neighbors. They too, are having trouble, then decide to go over to Pandora’s house when they discover a “package” on Pandora’s laptop screen. Theo talks her into opening the package. Pandora opening this “package” will change the world forever.

 Beat the game. Save the World.

 Doomed is just plain outright one of the best stories I have ever read. The world we live in is totally dependent on the technology that we have today- What if that technology was to crash??? All of it?? This question and more totally blew my mind with all the “what Ifs?” Doomed captures that chaos as Pandora, with the help of Eli and Theo, try to beat the game as they are on the run from the government, and trying to find the clues that Pandora’s father, Mitchell, left in the pictures. With each step they take, an obstacle arises in the virtual world and the real world. I loved all the characters and their personalities in this story. Eli and Theo’s devotion to Pandora and the cause is extremely captivating. The type of chaos, looting, and people turning against one another is captured within this story, however, the good to help each other also remains. It shows how an extremist can go way beyond the limits to prove his point.

 I am extremely excited about this book. Rare is there a book that keeps your total attention and leaves you “thinking” way beyond the last page.

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