Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Doomed by Tracy Deebs: Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Doomed by Tracy Deebs.  I received this book from Netgalley and though it was awesome, and I was really excited when I was contacted by Bloomsbury to participate in this tour.  In addition to a review, I also have a giveaway for a hardcover copy of Doomed courtesy of Bloomsbury Children's Books and Walker Books for Young Readers.  You can enter to win that via the rafflecopter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Published January 8th 2013 by Walker Children

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.

My Thoughts:  I am a huge dystopia fan, so when I first read the blurb for Doomed, I was really intrigued and thought it sounded like a fun and interesting book, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it.  The opening line in the book description says "Beat the Game.  Save the World."  Well in Doomed, that term is exactly what the book is about, literally, and takes the term "extreme gaming" to a whole new level.  

It is Pandora's 17th birthday.  Her mom is a lawyer and workaholic, is off on a business trip in Alaska, and doesn't even remember it is Pandora's birthday.  Her dad hasn't been in the picture since she was a kid.  She has always been told by her mom to never have anything to do with him, and she hasn't had contact with him since.  When she checks her e-mail the morning of her birthday, she finds an e-mail from her dad.  At first she is hesitant to open it, but curiosity gets the best of her and she can't resist.  The e-mail takes her to a blog her dad has created with letters he has written her over the years that she has never seen.  He tells her how much he loves her, and even has 12 photos of them together from her childhood, before he disappeared from her life.  Pandora downloads the photos to have developed because she actually wants to be able to hold something tangible from him, closes her computer, then rushes to school because she is already late.    

Being late to school that day, she gets thrown into a group in class that she normally isn't in, and the two new super hot brothers that every girl in school is falling over, Eli and Theo, happen to be in that group to.  Theo is dark, mysterious, intense, but dresses kind of preppy, and Eli is easy going, charming, and popular.  Both guys are tall, Theo being 6 feet 8 inches, both guys are built and ooze with hotness.  They are really smart, and Pandora soon finds out is that Theo is pretty much a boy genius.  Pandora really notices the tall thing, because at 6 feet herself, she finds very few guys that she has to look up to.  She kind of has the rocker vibe thing going on, has short spiky red hair with purple highlights, a nose piercing, and loves band T-shirts. What starts out as a typical birthday is anything but that, which Pandora and the world soon find out.

As most of you already know, Pandora's Box is an artifact found in Greek mythology.  The box was actually a large jar that was given to Pandora, which contained all the evils in the world.  Today, the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seem innocent or harmless, but in ends up turning out to have severe and far-reaching consequences.  That said, in this story, one of the most popular online games happens to be named for the same, Pandora's Box.  Only today, on her birthday, when Pandora logs onto the game she sees "Happy Seventeenth Birthday Pandora" written on the screen, then a countdown begins for total annihilation in 10 days.  This kind of freaks her out.  Shortly after, things get really weird with the phone, the television, and the electricity.  She ends up going to her new neighbor's house to find out if they are having the same problem, and it just so happens that her new neighbors are none other that the two hotties, Eli and Theo. These three team up together, trying to figure out what is going on.  Instead of a box, Pandora opens a present on her computer screen associated with the game, which unleashes utter chaos, and it is up to Pandora, Theo, and Eli to save the world from total annihilation.  

I loved the story line of this book.  Pandora, Theo, and Eli  have to literally play the game to save the world, both on the computer and in real life.  There is nonstop action from the beginning to the end of this book as they encounter danger, are on the run from the authorities, and travel across the country to find clues for the game, as the world around them falls apart due to the breakdown of technology, which affects every area of life.  People are panicked, food and gas are short, marshal law is instituted, and people have gotten mean and downright crazy.  These three find themselves in life-threatening situations time and time again.  

I really loved Pandora's character.  She rose to the occasion and did what needed to be done, in spite of circumstances.  Of course this would have been impossible without the help of her heroes, Theo and Eli.  In fact, I read the most interesting thing about these guys at The Reader Lines, who featured a guest post from Tracy Deebs, in which she revealed some really cool and interesting facts about Theo and Eli in Doomed (check out the entire post here).

    1. "Theo and Eli are Titans (straight out of Greek Mythology) In the real Pandora myth, Prometheus (Theo in Doomed) and Epimetheus (Eli in Doomed) were charged with creating all the creatures on earth.  Epimetheus, the impetuous one, created things like the platypus and the sloth and the hippopotamus while Prometheus labored and labored over only one creature.  The gods gave them a certain number of gifts to give out to these creatures that they created and by the time that Prometheus was done with his creation—humanity—Eli had used all the gifts on the other animals.  So Prometheus stole fire from the gods as his gift for humanity and the gods’ answer was to create Pandora to punish him, as I mentioned above.  In Doomed, Theo steals symbolic fire from the gods in the form of the game matrix, Pandora opens a link instead of a box, and … there’s a lot more of the myth in the book but I don’t want to ruin all the twists and turns ;)"
    2. Doomed is filled with adventure, non-stop action, danger, mystery, humor, and even some romance.  The story captured my attention from beginning to end and I loved every minute of it.  I loved both Theo and Eli, but have to say I was and am team Theo all the way.  He was just amazing.  If you are looking for and heart pounding, action packed, exciting story that will leave you breathless, then Doomed is one book you should definitely check out.  

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.
Fun Facts about Tracy:
• I used to surf and hang out on the same beaches in La Jolla that Tempest does.
• I’m a total techno-phobe.
• I’m addicted to lipstick.
• When I was five, I fell in love with the original Grimm’s fairy tale movie of The Little Mermaid.
• I am terrified of sharks.
• My birthday has been on Friday the 13th five times.
• I read between five and eight books a week.
• I nearly drowned when surfing off of Oahu when I was a teenager.
• I’m an expert at Guitar Hero.
• I’ve climbed the Pyramids in Cairo.
• I like to skydive.
• Good Will Hunting is my favorite movie.
• I am obsessed with all things Matt Damon, Aerosmith and zombies.

Find her: WebsiteTwitterGoodreads

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  1. This does sound like a cool book, Ellen. I like the game concept. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This does sound like a great book. I really enjoy a book with lots of action once in a while. I think I will look at this one some more.

  3. Well, this looks interesting. Like, I love mythology. And Prometheus and Epimethius are very important in Greek myths, but this is the first time I hear about Pandora's box, and it is pretty interesting. I love the idea of this book and the cover and the blurb. Playing a game to save the world.
    Your reader,

    1. It is really a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. I have read a few reviews but I think yours gave me a better idea of what to expect. It sounds awesome!

    1. It really is. I'll be interested to see what you think if you get a chance to read it.

  5. Oohhh this book sounds GOOD!! I just love Dystopian books! I buy more of that genre than I do my first love of, Urban Fantasy. I'm really looking forward to reading this one and it was already on my TBR list on Goodreads. Thank you for the chance to win this great new book!!

  6. O this sounds sooo good and different. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the awesome chance!


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