Doomed: Review



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10/ 14


Posted March 1, 2013 by


The Story:

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.

The Execution:

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.

The Characters:

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.

Final Verdict:

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 would even appeal to boys who are reluctant or picky readers.


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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive payment of any kind in exchange for this 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.

Released on January 8, 2013 * Hardcover * 480 pages

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