Doomed

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Deebs (Tempest Rising) offers an action-heavy contemporary retelling of the Pandora myth with a virtual gaming twist, but few ties to the original story. Despite some parental neglect, Pandora is an otherwise typical teenage girl, concerned with school, social media, and particularly the online game Pandora's Box. When she opens a series of emailed pictures from her estranged father, she ends up releasing a computer worm that could potentially destroy the world's infrastructure. Pandora, along with two handsome stepbrothers (one a popular jock, the other a brooding outsider), enters the game as an avatar in an effort to set things right. Deebs's story unfolds at breakneck speed, yet characters are only loosely drawn; even Pandora is defined primarily by her anger at her mother and father and by her romantic conflicts. The exploration of human dependence on technology adds tension (readers will empathize with panicked characters once technological resources become unavailable), but the eventual denouement and revelation of the villain's motivations are unsurprising. Ages 12-up. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency.
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Gr 9 Up—Pandora Walker, 17, hasn't heard from her father in 10 years, so she's shocked when she receives an email on her birthday. Despite her mother's warning to never have anything to do with him, she opens the email. Clicking on pictures and links to read sweet, nostalgic letters makes her feel loved in a way that she hasn't in a long time. What the teen doesn't realize is that each click releases a section of code. All combined, they create a computer worm that will annihilate civilization. Pandora's father is a cyberterrorist, and he's using her as a pawn to destroy the world. Or is he? He's left her one ray of hope buried deep in an online multiplayer game. If Pandora and her friends can track down clues in real life and in the game, they just might be able to stop the destruction. This novel combines reality, virtual reality, and a love triangle in a nonstop, action-filled plot. As the three heroes race across the country, readers are pulled into their increasingly frantic, dangerous, and desperate search. Character development is secondary here, but the characters are likable, if not all that believable. The plot itself has a few holes, leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and ultimately tries to wrap everything up too quickly. Overall, however, this is still an enjoyable title for gaming- and adventure-loving teens.—Heather E. Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
"Beat the game. Save the World." An eco-disaster cyberthriller races through a checklist of teen-lit clichés at a nonetheless entertaining clip. Pandora Walker's career-obsessed mother may have forgotten her 17th birthday, but not her long-absent father. Unfortunately, his unexpected email kicks off a countdown to global apocalypse, via an Internet virus that shuts down the power grid and electronic communications. With the authorities hot on her trail and civil society collapsing, Pandora teams up with two bitterly antagonistic but conveniently skilled (and gorgeous!) stepbrothers to track down the clues planted in an online game before time runs out. From tag line to climax, this story is an unapologetic flood of pop-culture allusions and predictable young-adult-novel tropes. The "real-life" narrative mirrors the structure of the virtual game: a road trip with puzzles, monsters, obstacles, miniature lessons and escalating threats leveling up to the final boss fight. This conceit, despite the relentless pace and genuine dangers, results in an oddly detached effect. Similarly, the characters are strangely empty archetypes: the neglectful parents, the sassy best friend, the sinister government agent, the environmental activist–turned-terrorist, the charming, careless jock and the tormented genius bad boy. Pandora herself, although bestowed with a random-feeling array of personality quirks, serves as little more than a place holder for the player--er, reader. Still, the zippy prose and day-after-tomorrow currency make for a quick and enjoyable (if forgettable) read. (Science fiction/thriller. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802735447
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 358,156
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

TRACY DEEBS is also the author of the Tempest series and the co-author of The International Kissing Club (under the pseudoynm Ivy Adams). She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College.

www.tracydeebs.com

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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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 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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

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    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 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Great book!

    Totally worth the money, Doomed will have you flipping pages faster than you thougjt possible! An amazing read, filled with romance, action, mystery and so much more!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    Finally a novel that gamers can relate to! As a fan of MMOs and

    Finally a novel that gamers can relate to! As a fan of MMOs and RPGs, the premise of Doomed by author Tracy Deebs sounded interesting and like my cup of tea.  The first thing that I think really caught my attention about the novel was the cover, not the one that it has right now but the old one with the three main characters on the cover. That is what had me most interested, after reading the description hearing that it was a sci-fi retelling of the old Pandora’s Box story, I was dying to get my hands on the story and guess what? All the hype that I raised for myself on the book was worthwhile.

    Doomed takes place in a mostly present day world where main character Pandora wakes up on her birthday without receiving any word from her own mother. To her surprise, her Dad is the person who contacts her instead, after being gone for years and abandoning her—he sends her a link that consists of pictures of Pandora and him in her childhood. When Pandora logs onto the notorious Pandora’s Box MMO she discovers that somehow she has released a worm into the internet that, according to Pandora’s Box, will destroy the world in ten days.

    Pandora finds herself quickly swept up in a deadly game on Pandora’s Box where every riddle-like mystery in the game leads her on a trip to discover how to beat the game. On her trip around the United States she finds herself travelling with two extremely hot guys, Theo and Eli. Both of them are practically  the epitome of perfectly attractive (Superman and Batman). Pandora travels around the country with them in search of the answers she needs to save the world from the Pandora’s Box threat while on the run from Homeland Security and the FBI. What Pandora discovers is that the worm was built to bring total annihilation and that it was created by the one person Pandora can’t believe would do this all to her; her father.

    I think that the first thing that made me diehard for Doomed was how GTA (Grand Theft Auto) the characters became as the people of Earth grew more and more desperate. Not only is there no internet but soon there is barely any technology left that can function and in our world, no technology is a pretty bad thing considering how reliant we are on it. As desperation grew in the world, so did the anarchy and it’s shown on multiple occasions how evil some people can become in the Doomed universe. I personally think that the biker highway scene was one of the most memorable, simply because it was one of the most powerful and realistic scenes in the entire book.

    My absolute favorite thing about Doomed was the three main characters; Pandora, Eli and Theo.  Every character was so much more different than the other and there was a lot of character growth as the novel progressed. I think that out of the characters I’ll admit that I disliked Eli the most, he wasn’t all that serious about the situations at hand until his life was on the line, but still as the novel progressed he did grow more serious. Between the characters there is a type of love triangle and since Eli (Superman) is  not as serious as Theo (Batman), I kept on screaming at Pandora to fall for Theo already. He’s Mr. Tall, Dark, Brooding and Handsome. Who doesn’t want that? I want that and in short, I fell in love with Theo.

    Doomed is a novel that I think Gamers will really fall hard for, especially since there are a ton of scenes that describe the world of Pandora’s Box and I’ll admit that it was bringing me back to my World of Warcraft days (because only cool kids play MMORPGs). Because of that, I would recommend Doomed to Gamers, fans of YA romance (especially love triangles) and readers who want a story that will thrill you until the very last page.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    I love this book. You never will want to put it down. This is by

    I love this book. You never will want to put it down. This is by far the best book I ever read!!! GO READ IT!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    Doomed is a kick-butt, awesome young adult novel. I love the thr

    Doomed is a kick-butt, awesome young adult novel. I love the three main characters. Doomed is told from Pandora's point of view, but the two gorgeous stepbrothers, Theo and Eli, are right by Pandora's side to protect her and help her save the world. Oh yeah, I love these two guys. Theo is dark and broody, and Eli is a total charmer, and both are seriously hot. Tracy Deebs knocked my socks off with these fantastic characters, their swoon worthy and fun banter, and the action-packed storyline. Deebs’ writing style grabbed me from the first page. Her way of telling a story reminded me so much of Rachelle Mead and Becca Fitzpatrick. Yep, Deebs’ writing talent is that awesome.
    It's Pandora's seventeen birthday, and her father—who she hasn’t seen or talked to her since she was seven—has just sent her one heck of an email, catching up for lost time. But even when Pandora unknowingly releases cyber-Armageddon against the world, there’s still a silver lining in this doom and gloom—that would be the gorgeous stepbrothers Theo and Eli that come rushing in to be Pandora's heroes, to help her beat the game and save the world.
    Pandora is a wonderful character. She’s strong and gets right to the point. Theo and Eli are fantastic, too! I fell in love with these two opposites guys right from the beginning. How could I not with these two beautiful guys coming to rescue the damsel in distress? Except Pandora doesn't like to be thought of a damsel…so there are more games going on with these three than just saving the world kind.
    Doomed is blow your mind action with a more mature Young Adult storyline that I enjoy so much in young adult novels. Doomed is definitely a great way of getting me into the virtual game world and loving it. I highly recommend Doomed as a must read.

    Tough girl PandoraTeaser:
    “Where am I going to go? There’s no other way out of the bathroom!”
    “Take it or leave it.” Something moves in his eyes, and I know he’s waiting for me to leave it. But I won’t give him the satisfaction.
    “Does your wife know you get your kicks by listening to teenage girls pee?”

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    A must read

    Exciting and hard to put down. Lots of action from the first page to the last. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Newer author with a great plot. Very interesting topic and keeps

    Newer author with a great plot. Very interesting topic and keeps you reading until you finish it. A new twist  on the end of the world realm. Something for every reader. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    action packed, detailed story with a great plot and main character to adventure with.

    I loved this premise and it was executed wonderfully. The attention to detail and the depth of the plot blew me away.
    I really connected with Pandora the main character and I loved being in her head. She was brave at the right times she kept her compassion and empathy towards others even when her own world was crumbling. She did just the right amount of freaking out especially for the circumstances.
    The tension between Eli and Theo was also great. They are step brothers and also both interested on Pandora which made for some really tense and at times awkward and at others very swoon worthy moments and def. added just the right things at the right moment. They balanced each other out well and had each others backs at just the perfect times. That doesn't mean that they always saw eye to eye but it did create an awesome dynamic.
    Though I could appreciate Eli's charm and his more open and flirty demeanor I always was more drawn to Theo. Whether his darker and broody side or the tension and mystery of their opening scene or his protector nature, I was always rooting for him.
    I was always wanting to find out more and wondering what they would face next both in the real world and in the video game.
    Speaking of, the writing of those scenes was flawless, it was like both they and I were really a part of the action in the video game and not just behind a screen.
    It is so chilling too think about a world like this, plunged into disarray and unplugged from technology, and she did a great job of relating the panic, and the tough choices you would have to make in situations like those.
    Bottom line: action packed, detailed story with a great plot and main character to adventure with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Dommed

    Good book

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Its ok

    Really boring at parts. Some of the character descriptions were just so bad they were funny. I didnt like any of the characters.. cheesy bad romance.. badly writtten dialouge... basically, i just wanted the world to end already.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    This book is refreshing and thrilling! Due to its first person n

    This book is refreshing and thrilling! Due to its first person narration and the fact that I am far from a gamer, I was wary to buy this at first. Yet, by the first chapter, I was hooked.
    First, you don’t need to be a gamer to enjoy! Yes, the author uses a few acronyms like MMO and NPCs, but they are either explained or easy to deduce. I am not a gamer, but I seriously enjoyed this book, so if that causes hesitation, hesitate no more!
    Second, the plot is very original and I found that refreshing when compared to many other YA books. It was also very action packed. The pacing felt just right, I never felt like dragged through each page, but anxious to read on.
    Third, the narration. I usually don’t prefer first person, but Pandora is a great witty and clever narrator. The author does a wonderful job of balancing “I” sentences with description, observation and action. Pandora narrates so well in fact, that I found myself “seeing” the scenes quite often.
    Fourth, the characters are great. I felt that each of the characters was well rounded and they had very realistic reactions toward each other and the events.
    In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone! It is a great read, that while thrilling, manages to be funny at the same time. I whole-heartedly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read more from Deebs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Great book

    Seriously, a warrior cats rp? Take it to a different forum where people want to read it.
    Anyway, I love this book. A new take on an old theme that held y interest until the very last word.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Please

    Attack duskclan at night 3 res please they all deserve to die

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    To destructo

    Lets not attack anyone.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    To Destruto

    I want a allesence tellme on sweat res1 if you aceped my terms

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Moon

    *a sleek black shecat walked in. She has beautiful, innocent eyes and white on tailtip/paws/chest.* What clan are we starting on?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    To snowstripe

    I THOUGHT YOU WERE LOYAL TO YOUR CLAN BUT OBIOUSLY NOT NOW*-*ARTICBLAZE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Hey you! Yeah, you!

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