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Who am I kidding? This is Pandora we’re talking about. (More)
------------------------- CLICKSummary: 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.
Remember the original Doomed cover? Well, the chick on the cover looked pretty BAMFed up and I geared myself up for some intense action. You know, exploding buildings, drive by shootings, exploding vehicles, stuff, and more exploding stuff in A VIDEO GAME. This new cover, though, in no way detracts from the coolness of this book. Because all the exploding stuff happens in reality while in the video game our heroine is warding off Greek mythological BEASTIES alongside a pair of hot stepbrothers. Not hers, though, I hate to say this but get that dark, forbidden seed out of your errant cranium.

Ok, So What Had Happened Was: Pandora was named the most unfortunate name ever. Not only is it a giant prelude to what her life is going to be like, but it’s also one of the worst mythological characters to have as a namesake. Poor girl was CONNED the moment she opened her eyes to her crazy booty daddy who bestowed her with the name… and who is also now responsible for a cyber-induced Armageddon, using his detrimentally curious daughter as a scapegoat for ALL THE BAD THINGS. To right her wrongs, and to shake Homeland Security off her backside, she’s out on a mission to stop the world from ending, and her next-door-neighbors are along for the gallop into danger. Will they succeed in conquering the game and stopping the madman responsible for it all?

Pandora may not be mah favorite person, but she’s a likeably flawed person. She indulges in self-blame and pity a lot, but also kind of figures out—once our beloved Theo angers her out of those twisty, annoying emotions enough times—that while it’s okay to stew and brood, she and her newfound friends are the only people who can actually DO anything about what’s going on. Losing the head on your shoulders makes you a dysfunctional hot mess that can’t save the day. And also people are dealing with their poop day too. She finds a way to move past it as quickly as possible, and when she does, she’s refreshingly pragmatic and helpful. She can be a standup girl, just not an overly memorable one in the long line of similar heroines before her.

Besides, girlfriend needs to have her head screwed on right when we’re talking about being sandwiched between stepdudes with issues. Theo and Eli’s relationship is riddled with animosity, challenge, and an almost nonexistent tolerance. Theo is all cool, stoic, and brainy in the face of Eli’s hotheadedness, though the boy—Eli—does have considerable charm. But, being bored of his character and others of the same ilk, I WAS NOT FEELING HIM. Theo just has it all, and he’s a hero at heart, always doing the right thing because that’s what you’re supposed to do. The romantic tension boiling between Pandora and her two bodyguards left me unsympathetic toward her mixed mind on them. For me, THE CHOICE WAS OBVS.

For all it’s predictability, there’s a lot that’s still unique about the book. The involvement of a video game, the goal of the villain… it all reads as intriguing. You just WANT TO SLAY a body even as you feel yourself understanding the point our jacked up villain is attempting to make.

Some of the best scenes come from the action and residual intensity spawning from the beginning of the book. The virus ITSELF and it’s impact on all the world is what makes Doomed by Tracy Deebs utterly pageturnable. The EERINESS of the world as the first phase of it’s demise begins, the brutality and extreme violence against their fellow man, and all the gun-fighting and explosions just totaled the plot up to a high-stakes gripping read. Toss in all the video gaming scenes and you’ve got an easily swept up reader before you (cyberly speaking).

Deebs isn’t one of my favorite authors—never has been—but she can write a solid book, one that’s fairly well-received and well-liked. Doomed by Tracy Deebs gets PRETTY WILD, so I’d say brace yourself for something equally fast-paced and CRAY in its intensity.

I requested this title from Bloomsbury via Netgalley and reviewed it for a blog tour.

Finally, I do what I've wanted to do for the last forty-five minutes. I log onto Pandora's Box.

I'm kind of excited about playing again--when I left off yesterday, I had just hit level twenty-seven. I want to get through it quickly and find the alternate reality gate that will transport me to the next level, because Jules says twenty-eight is the best so far.

Except instead of dropping me off in the middle of the barren wasteland that was once New York City, a new message flashes across the screen.

Happy seventeenth birthday, Pandora!

What the...?

I stare at the screen, confused. How is it possible that the game knows my birthday--and my name? My user name is totally unconnected to my real name. And yet, there it is, staring at me in a very distinct yellow font. My name.

I click to get to the new screen and the birthday message slowly fades, only to be replaced by the words: You've reached the point of no return. Welcome to the real Pandora's Box.

Underneath is a giant, flashing number 10 in bright red, just to make sure you don't miss it. I try to click on it but nothing happens. Try to click on the message, but no luck there, either. Then the letters dissolve only to re-form with a new message: Total annihilation in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 days.

The 1 is huge, takes over the entire screen for a brief second before morhing into a graphic of the earth. Seconds later, the world blows up, little pieces streaming across the screen like fireworks. Then everything fades to black.


Amy Fournier said...

Great review and excerpt. I really need to get this book. It sounds awesome!!

Jenni @ Alluring Reads said...

Ooh I've seen this one around a few blogs this week and I have to say, I am intrigued! It sounds like something I would really like, happy to see that you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Sophia said...

Wow, I hadn't heard of this one until now! I like the new cover! I just looked up the old cover, and I have to say that I really think this new one is an improvement. Pandora sounds like a frustrating character, so I don't think I'd like her very much. I'm not a fan of self-pity or wishy-washy boy choices. However, this book does sound really interesting! I'm glad you liked it despite some flaws, Ash! Plus, the added reaction pictures are so funny. :D

Shane said...

Cool review & excerpt :)

Princess Ash said...

It's really eerie and FULL OF EXPLODING STUFF. It's interesting and dark and totally intense. The characters aren't my favorite, BUT THAT'S NOT A SETBACK. I demand that you let me know what you end up thinking about it.

Princess Ash said...

It''s getting its fair share of attention, and I was dragging my feet. Which is why it's good I signed up for the blog tour aka that extra push xD It's a pretty cool book, and I actually think YOU specifically would dig it. It just seems like something you would read and like :D

Princess Ash said...

I love both covers, which is really awesome to be able to say. You MIGHT NOT love her, but I think your feels will go beyond tolerance at the same time. You'll feel somewhere in the middle with this chick. Still, THE ACTION. And the eeriness of Armageddon happening all around you. IT'S CRAY.

I try, I try ;D

Princess Ash said...

You admit they're cool. Excellent.

Sarah said...

And this... this sounds GOOOOOOD. Uh, seriously. Um... uh.. poor girl 'Pandora'. THIS OUNDS EXCITING, ASHER! I am glad you loved ♥

Celine @ Forget-Me-Not said...

ASH! ASH! ASH! How is it that I've never heard of this book before? I've heard of Tracy Deebs but I haven't heard of Doomed...until your review! I really like the sound of this book and the excerpt is definitely intriguing ;)

Awesome review, Princess Ash ;) ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

Princess Ash said...

CELINEEEE, I MISSED YOU. I hope you had a great holiday! HOW HAVE YOU NOT HEARD OF THIS BOOK!? Get on this one, girl, because it's full of action and drama and END-OF-THE-WORLD stuff.

And ♥♥♥

VeganYANerds said...

I don't know how I'd go with this as I am not a fan of video games at all, but it does sound pretty interesting!

And, I love that you used an image from Clueless <3 <3 <3

Princess Ash said...

Not a fan of video games? My sister is rolling over in her bed not seeing this. She's an avid gamer, as I once was. But I have to admit this type of video game can appeal to everybody, because it's all simulated life and 3D with all its end of the world business.

Clueless <3 is like my favorite thing in all of EVER. AS IF I could not use this.