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The only thing Pandora wants on her seventeenth birthday is for

The only thing Pandora wants on her seventeenth birthday is for her lawyer mother to call her from Alaska where she’s working. Instead, she receives a cryptic email message from her estranged father. Her mother always told Pandora that her father was a lousy man, and no...
The only thing Pandora wants on her seventeenth birthday is for her lawyer mother to call her from Alaska where she’s working. Instead, she receives a cryptic email message from her estranged father. Her mother always told Pandora that her father was a lousy man, and not to be trusted. But when you’re lonely and in need of some parental attention on your big day, what’s the harm in opening the email?

In this case, it’s a huge mistake. The website her father left for her to visit was actually some sort of virus, and by the time Pandora gets home from school, the world has started to shut down. The power is out, telephones down, the internet out. For all Pandora knows, it’s happening across the world — and it’s all her fault. Now she and her friends have ten days to beat a popular online game called “Pandora’s Box”. If they don’t? The world will end.

Pandora is totally relatable. She’s not super-popular, but not a high school nobody. She kind of does her own thing, likes indie music, hanging with friends and playing online MMO’s. I totally “got” her and she is someone I would have been friends with in high school.

The other two characters featured most prominently in the book are Theo and Eli, step-brothers who live next door to Pandora and join her in trying to beat the game and save the world. Both boys are very different, and add an interesting dimension to the story. While the book hints at a possible love triangle, I was a bit nervous, but it wasn’t the main focus of the books, which was a relief.

The book is very action-packed and totally appealed to my inner gamer. While I don’t play a lot of MMO, I do play a lot of video games, and I loved that aspect of the book. There’s a lot going on here, and I loved how Pandora and the brothers had to literally play for their lives. How crazy would that be? While I am a gamer geek, I’m not very good. I’d be in so much trouble if I were in a similar predicament. Y’all better hope I never have to save the world via video game!

My only problem with the book (and it was a minor one) was that it felt kind of long and did drag in spots. This may have just been my perception. It didn’t ruin the story for me at all.

Fresh, unique and filled with action, Doomed is a book I would highly recommend to someone looking for a different type of armageddon story. The gaming aspect and the action will appeal to teen boys who are reluctant or picky readers.

posted by OtotheD on March 1, 2013

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

On her seventeenth birthday, Pandora receives an email from her

On her seventeenth birthday, Pandora receives an email from her father, whom she hasn't heard from in ten years. Soon after, the game Pandora's Box unleashes a virus that will systematically destroy electronics across the world in ten days, leading to the end of the wor...
On her seventeenth birthday, Pandora receives an email from her father, whom she hasn't heard from in ten years. Soon after, the game Pandora's Box unleashes a virus that will systematically destroy electronics across the world in ten days, leading to the end of the world. With the help of Theo and Eli, Pandora must follow the clues her father left for her while evading the homeland security to beat the game and save the world.
Pandora is compassionate, always willing to risk her own life to save others. Theo is a tall, muscular dark-haired boy who is quick on his feet and calm amidst adversities. On the other hand, Eli is blonde, flirtatious, and carefree. In spite of being brothers and working well together while in action, however, the two guys hate each other. The two of them also happen to be attracted to Pandora. It might be some girl’s fantasy to have two hot, such different guys in love with her, but with Theo and Eli being polar opposites, this is just your typical love triangle.
The book is filled with adventure, action, danger, mystery and romance. I did enjoy the premise of the book, with its modern setting for Pandora’s box; however, there were sketchy moments that I found hard to believe, including the overly convenient abilities of Theo and Eli and the way the apocalypse unraveled. Some of the descriptions seemed out of place too, like the random descriptions of mundane moments that would repeatedly interrupt the action in the book. I did not need to know when Pandora decided to get food and watch TV, much less how she goes about doing all this. Overall, it was an interesting concept, but I won’t be overly enthusiastic in recommending it.

posted by ImaginaryReads on February 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    do NOT waste money on!

    This book was honestly the biggest waste of my life in recent history. While the premise - a virus that takes down all things electronic, which can only be defeated by playing a game - sounds good, the story in execution is outright horrible, and the writing isn't even good to boot.

    The characters are cardboard cutouts with no believable motivations. They're poorly fleshed out and their interactions always fall flat. Characters are introduced only to die or be discarded very quickly, and almost none of the storylines the book produces are tied up or explained very well at all. The characters aren't believable and Deebs has issues writing characters who genuinely interact with one another.

    Pandora's mother shows up for a single phone call at the start, mysteriously distant and never explaining why she forbid her daughter to contact her father (Which becomes semi obvious later but also is weird and plot-hole riddled as the rest of the book). Pandora's best friend shows up for a brief excursion to a pizza shop before disappearing entirely, never to be mentioned or seen again. Two government agents receive similarly weak treatment, showing up for 1 scene that sets them up to be important and then never again - though one of them reappears later, it is only to die in a weirdly anticlimactic scene. Jean, a friend of Pandora's father, shows up once and then never again, and we're never told much about her to start with.

    The game "Pandora's Box" is not very well integrated into the story. Others have mentioned how strange the treatment of the gameplay was, and I agree with that - it was trying to make hitting an arrow key more than it was.

    Pandora herself is a horrible character. She has no real traits that are consistent, other than being Different and Tall and Into Music No One Gets. She never deals with her issues with her parents and their relationship, and her story is never actually explained. She is weirdly quick to trust two random guys she never talked to until the very first chapter.

    Theo and Eli have absolutely no reason to fawn over Pandora like they do and it was never really explained why that was or what they saw in her. Almost no one had their motivations explained except Pandora's dad, and his motivations were completely ridiculous and hard to believe, and fell flat. The romance is flat, forced, and irritating to slog through, as are the depictions of everything that goes wrong - which, by the way, is inconsistent as hell.

    The ending? Sudden, choppy, and without any real pay off for sitting through 350+ pages.

    Do not buy this book. Do not /read/ this book. It is a waste of time you could spend reading something that actually tells a story that makes sense and has some sort of satisfying conclusion to at least ONE plotline in the whole goddamn thing.

    (Also, it is full of unclear political and ecological agendas, which I don't typically mind one way or the other so long as they are paired with decent writing and a good story. These agendas really were not. I have no idea what editor thought this was good enough to publish, but they were wrong.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Bad. Not worth reading

    It cusses way to much. You almost forget their teenagers.
    If I could give it no stars I would.

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