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Doomed by Tracey Deebs Book 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.

Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs was a great book, so I was super eager to start Doomed. It had great storyline, but I felt it was a few hundred pages too long.

Doomed follows a girl, Pandora, who goes with the two new stepbrothers living next door to save the world. It was definitely a super intense book. Through playing a video game, a giant virus was unleashed that basically caused the loss of a lot of power and internet through it. First off, I feel the description of the back of the book doesn’t describe it too accurately. Doomed really depicts how humans react in crisis with extremely limited resources. There were several extremes that occurred in this book. It definitely showed a different side of humanity.

Pandora was a good character, and the other guys also were. Unfortunately, it took a while for the action and main plot of the book to develop. Pandora and the guys had to looks for clues in a video game to find the answer to how to get rid of the virus once and for all. There was also some drama surrounding who created the virus in the first place ;) 

There was a love triangle, but with all the end-of-the world drama occurring, it wasn’t too prominent in the plot. I didn’t really have much of a preference who Pandora ended up with, since I liked both guys. The love triangle also kind of annoyed me at times. 

The plot was so great once it got started! It was really a race against time, and there were several extremely intense moments. I loved how it depicted the way humans reacted to crisis. It was a very bad situation, though. Nobody really stayed calm. The things humanity was shown to do in a crisis were pretty crazy. I was close to giving Doomed 4 flowers, but two things regarding the plot stopped me. One, I was confused on why exactly people couldn’t function with the almost total lack of power. It wasn’t explained enough for me to be able to completely understand it. Two, I also didn’t think things were wrapped up that well in the book.

Overall, Doomed was a good, interesting book. However, a few things were pretty confusing and the pacing was pretty slow at the beginning. I’d give Doomed 3 out of 5 flowers.


  1. Since I've heard about this book I've been anxious to get my hands on it. Now I'm extra curious to read it and see what I think about it. And the slow start is good to know about, I'll have to start it when I'm sure I've got time to get into it.

  2. It's good to know that it eventually DOES pick up. Slow beginnings test my patience and I don't have a lot of it :) I also get confused kind of easily, but I think I'll still read it, especially since you enjoyed it!

    Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  3. Thanks for sharing this one. I haven't heard of it. I will have to look into it. :)

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

    1. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it if you decide to pick it up :)

  4. I've seen this one around a lot lately and it did catch my interest, but now I am worried that I wont like it as much. I like the sound of the characters and I am glad the plot eventually picks up, but the know how much I dislike love triangles. But, hopefully I'll be able to get around to this. I'm glad you enjoyed some of it at least!

    Fabulous, honest review! :D

    ~ Maida

    1. I don't mind love triangles when they're really good, but it seems like a lot of them are too underdeveloped (like in Doomed) I'm definitely with you on not caring for them, though. If you do pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! :)


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