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Friday, May 31, 2013

Doomed by Tracy Deebs

Yay for Texas authors! Tracy Deebs (Tracy Wolff to you romance readers out there) has been on my radar for a while. She's been at some of the events I've attended, but I've never read anything she's written. Until now. When Doomed first crossed my radar, I was working my way through Ernest Cline's Ready Player One - catch that review here. Now, these two books aren't similar really at all, other than they both revolve around a video game, and both of our main characters/teams of characters are searching for something. Beyond that, no similarities. But I think the mindset I was in while I read reading Ready Player One made me somehow more interested in Doomed.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Beat the game. Save the world. Pandora’s an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there’s no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora’s Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora’s father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.

What I Liked: 1) Irony. Not to be ignored, the blatant irony in this book begins with our main character's name, Pandora, and doesn't stop. I'm the kind of person who loves ironic humor, so I ate it up. It's done very well in this book, and I was laughing my way through most of it. It isn't just out and out a humorous book though, so don't go into it expecting a laugh riot. There are some pretty serious parts. 2) I liked the boys, Theo and Eli. What girl doesn't want a pair of gorgeous boys keeping her safe as they try to save the world? Both of these guys have hero written all over them. Since neither of them know Pandora well, at least at the beginning of the book, it's clear that they are going along with this crazy riddle she's trying to solve in order to save...well, everyone. 3) The plot. The major storyline of this book was nonstop. I hardly had time to breathe after Pandora would solve one little piece of this riddle, until we were off to figure out the next step. For anyone who enjoyed action-filled storylines, this one is for you! 4) I was also excited by all the little details that were included in the story. Since it was a puzzle that we, along with Pandora, Eli, and Theo, were trying to solve, the level of detail included in the story made it - not easier, but more manageable to understand how Pandora was coming to her conclusions.

What I Didn't Like: I wanted more depth from the characters, particularly the boys. They were frequently described as being polar opposites, but there were times I didn't even know which one of them was speaking, or which one of them Pandora was speaking too. I think maybe visually they were different, but their personalities, especially once Theo came out of his shell a little bit, were too similar for there to be much of a difference for me.

Overall Thoughts: Doomed was a fun book with lots of action and a unique theme. The details really made this book what it was, and I had a lot of fun using those to try and solve the crazy riddles right alongside the three MCs. I had some issues with character development (but honestly, it's never enough for me!), and got frustrated when I wasn't able to tell the two boys apart. But look beyond that and you'll find an inventive and enjoyable story from a very talented TEXAS author!

 My rating: 3.5 shots


  1. aww, two boys? who didn't know her well.. just what I want! though the depth issue might be a big issue for me, I still love the way you described the plot!

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Nice review! I read this one earlier this year or late last year...can't recall. I really liked it despite the lack of paranormal to it, which tends to be my kind of read. Although I was really freaked out at times when reading this because it read like one of those things that could actually happen! Given the madman and all! There were definite chills.

    I kind of recall some of the issues you had with the boys, but I guess it was enough for me. I felt like the story was suppose to focus more on Pandora and not her finding a boyfriend. But from what little I can recall, I get your point!

    Once again great review! I love Tracey's books. Haven't read her romance series but have read this one, her Tempest Maguire trilogy and started her new adult series she writes as Tess Adams!

  3. good to found this post! great review! And the book cover is quite impressive!

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