Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Deebs (Tempest Rising) offers an action-heavy contemporary retelling of the Pandora myth with a virtual gaming twist, but few ties to the original story. Despite some parental neglect, Pandora is an otherwise typical teenage girl, concerned with school, social media, and particularly the online game Pandora's Box. When she opens a series of emailed pictures from her estranged father, she ends up releasing a computer worm that could potentially destroy the world's infrastructure. Pandora, along with two handsome stepbrothers (one a popular jock, the other a brooding outsider), enters the game as an avatar in an effort to set things right. Deebs's story unfolds at breakneck speed, yet characters are only loosely drawn; even Pandora is defined primarily by her anger at her mother and father and by her romantic conflicts. The exploration of human dependence on technology adds tension (readers will empathize with panicked characters once technological resources become unavailable), but the eventual denouement and revelation of the villain's motivations are unsurprising. Ages 12 up. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When the world is on the brink of a technological armageddon, it will be up to Pandora to play the game and save the world
Beat the game. Save the world.
Pandoras 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, theres no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandoras Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandoras 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.
About the Author
TRACY DEEBS is also the author of the Tempest series and the co-author of The International Kissing Club (under the pseudoynm Ivy Adams). She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College.