Author - Tracy Deebs
Genre - Young Adult Dystopia Sci Fi
Publication - January 8th 2013
Format - Netgalley ebook Review Copy
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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.
I received Doomed in return for an honest review from Netgalley & Bloomsbury Children's Books.Pandora wakes up the morning of her birthday expecting at least a text from her mother but is shocked to receive nothing and after a call its clear her mother has forgotten. She takes one last look at her email hoping that maybe she sent an email but is shocked to find only an email from her father. The father she's not heard from in years sends her link to a blog containing all the letters and twelve photo's. Pandora downloads and sends them to Walgreens before heading out the door to school.
At school she's running late leading her to group up with the other kids who are late to class which happen to be the new step brothers who moved to school two weeks ago Theo and Eli. While the other girls glare her down for getting to group up with them, Pandora is more worried that Theo will kill her when he shows her how Othello killed his wife. After school Pandora meets up with her friend Emily to make plans for dinner and movie night to celebrate her birthday before she heads home. It isn't till she gets home decides to play a little Pandora's Box before Emily shows up that her life changes forever.
When she starts up the mmo instead of being dropped into the game she receives a birthday message telling her that she has ten days to beat the game or face Armageddon. Suddenly all communication electronics are working such as phone, cell, TV, radio unwittingly Pandora has unleashed a worm over the internet. She rushes next door to the new neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same thing only to find out it's Theo and Eli which are also in the same boat when Eli logs on to Pandora's Box.
Together the trio returns to Pandora's house to see if they can figure out what's really going on. They are joined by Emily where they decide to drive into town for pizza only to learn that they are experiencing the same electrical issues that they had back at home. Credit card machines aren't working and people are freaking out. On the return trip home the group is in a car wreck when all the lights are green, together they have to save a dad with a son as well as themselves but this is just the beginning. After returning home Pandora and Emily learn that homeland security is at her home trying to solve the problem claiming she's an internet terrorist.
I love Doomed!!!! It’s an awesome start to the New Year. Doomed is a fast paced thriller that sucked me in right from the start making it very hard for me to take a break. I love Pandora as a character she reminds me a lot of myself as a teen. Plus she has the help of two very different guys who are both risking their lives to help her save the world. However Pandora is no weakling in her own right she’s unique strong and is willing to risk her own life to save those of strangers. Doomed is so well written the story just flows along so smoothly from start to finish. The author connects with teens as well as adults in the book making it easy for anyone to enjoy. The concept is very realistic feeling causing me to feel like if this happened I could see things playing out as they do. Overall it’s an amazing story I’m in love with the characters, the concept and everything about Doomed is awesome. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the Dystopia genre will love this book. Doomed is my first book by Tracy Deebs however I know for a fact it won’t be my last, she’s sky rocked to one of my favorite authors.
Rating 5 out of 5 Stars