January 3, 2013

Doomed Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Author: Tracy Deebs
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children's


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.

Doomed is a unique young adult dystopian novel that shows the possibility of what could happen if cyberterrorism shut down the internet and most communications systems across the world. Pandora just wants to celebrate her seventeenth birthday with her friends and some pizza, but little does she know that her entire world - literally - is about to be turned completely upside down. She logs on to play a popular video game and suddenly all her electronics stop working. When she is accused of being  the one to unleash the virus, Pandora realizes it's all connected to the mysterious email she received that morning from her father. Now she must go back to her childhood, find her father, and beat the game - before it's too late.

This novel is one of the most unique books I've read in a long while. The concept of the book is fresh and exciting - definitely setting it apart from others in the genre. The writing is very well done and fast paced, which keeps the reader eagerly turning pages until the end. I liked that it was so filled with action and adventure, with touches of mystery and romance thrown in. Along with the original concept, I also really enjoyed the dystopian feel and the references to the myth of Pandora. The characters were interesting and fit in well with the book, although some times they felt stereotyped and flat. Although the book had a great premise and was full of action, something was lacking for me. I couldn't get completely immersed in the story and I just didn't feel connected like I normally do. Overall, this was a really refreshing addition to the YA dystopian genre and fans of multiple genres will enjoy its originality and intriguing ideas.


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.

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  1. Doomed looks great. Excited to read it.

  2. Oh I am definitely looking forward to this treat. Dooms sounds awesome and I cannot wait to see how the game plays out. Thank you for sharing with us and for this great giveaway opportunity.