Review & Giveaway: Doomed by Tracy Deebson January 1st, 2013
Happy Wednesday everyone! Today kicks off the blog tour for Doomed by Tracy Deebs. I have a review and giveaway to share you, so enjoy! You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking on the banner above.
Author: Tracy Deebs
Published: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Series: Stand alone
Source: Author/pub for honest review
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.
We are all Doomed! I was excited to sign-up for the blog tour for this, because I was looking forward to reading Doomed anyway. I mean, c’mon, who isn’t down for some good ol’ cybergeddon? Admittedly, the relationship I had with this book wasn’t always smooth sailing, but I did ultimately like it.
Pandora’s dad has been out of her life since she was seven, and her corporate lawyer mother is cold and basically non-existent. So when her dad sends her an e-mail on her 17th birthday, she can’t resist opening it despite the fact that her mom drilled it into her that he’s a bad man and not to communicate with him. Should have listened to mommy, because daddy is all kinds of crazy. Crazy pops manipulates Pandora into releasing a worm that attacks every technological feature and modern convenience known to man, causing humanity to completely breakdown. She’s forced to play a game before time runs out… before there’s nothing left to save.
It isn’t only a virtual game she has to play – Pandora has to find the clues in the real world in order to level-up in the game. Kind of like a really screwed up scavenger hunt. At least she has two hottie stepbrothers to help her out. At first it was a little weird how it felt like the reader was transported into the game when they played, but the shifts started to feel natural after awhile. It’s hard to explain, but it’s pretty creative.
Pandora is a character I really liked, but still bothered me at times. How could I not like a chick who is almost 6ft, smart, strong, voices her opinions, and loves Supernatural? Like attracts like, right? However, there were times when she wasn’t exactly my favorite person, and I had to wonder where that great girl went. And the boys… oh boy. Wish I would have had these two around when I was in high school. Theo and Eli are stepbrothers and new in town, but they really don’t like each other. They’re both tall, strong, and hot! Theo is a genius hacker, who manages to be both preppy and brooding. Eli is a swoony playboy, but comes across as a little immature at times The three of them together make for some funny and intense moments. Is it a love triangle? Eh, I wouldn’t totally label it as that, so I think it would be okay for those who despise them.
Doomed also had a lot of action. I love when a book keeps it exciting, but it wore on me at times with this one. It sort of took away some of the excitement, because it got to where one thing after another kept happening. Actually, I could have really done without the whole biker gang scene for a lot of reasons. Also, I know why the story needed to have Pandora and the boys out on their own, but it rubbed me the wrong way how the government officials were portrayed right from the start.
Despite those issues and some minor inconsistencies, the book was fun, overall.
Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. From the first page of that first book, she knew she’d found her life-long love. Now a writing instructor at her local community college, Tracy writes YA novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids and witches to kissing clubs and techno-Armageddon stories… and she still has a soft spot for Judy Blume.
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