Book Review: Doomed

Book Review: DoomedDoomed by Tracy Deebs
Published by Walker Childrens on January 8th 2013
Pages: 480
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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.

Based on the summary, I had a good idea of what I was getting into with Doomed. A video game come to life. Maybe, if I was lucky, some added in mythology as well.

Doomed started off well enough. Pandora is a female gamer who is a little too addicted to technology. When her estranged father sends her a link to a set of blog posts to really get to know him as compared to the evil man her mother has made him out to be, she cannot resist. However, all is not as it appears to be. By opening the link, Pandora has unexpectedly unleashed a computer virus on to the world causing chaos all around her. And making her the only one who can make things right.

Right away, I was pleased with Doomed for making the read more than just about a female gamer. Sure, that is the main focus of the Doomed. However, the tie in with the Pandora myth was really a nice touch. Of course, with a main character named Pandora, Doomed was just screaming mythology hybrid potential.

After the initial success of the first few chapters, Doomed started going a bit down hill. Making it a read that was much harder to get through than I originally thought it would be. The characters were fine. The romance was not exactly what I was hoping for, but passable. My issue was the realistic aspect of Doomed. We live in a society surrounded by technology. Most people go through their normal day-to-day life using multiple pieces of technology. However, Doomed presents this world as one that would cease to function AT ALL if technology were to cease to exist. Now, this could have been understandable if Doomed took place in the future or alternate reality, where the people are 100% dependent on it, or something along those lines. But it doesn't. It is assumed that the world of Doomed is no different than ours, taking place at this exact moment for all we know. And I have a problem with swallowing that.

Final Verdict:

I really wanted to like Doomed. But with the reality aspect of it so off, it was hard to look pass humanity going to hell just because a computer or cell phone does not work. Sure, it would be massively inconvenient to have all the power and technology not working, but it would not be the end of humanity as we know it. In the end, some personal peeves aside, Doomed was not all bad, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea either.

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