Author: Tracy Deebs
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Walker Children's
Rating: 5 stars
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.
There was a reason that Pandora's mother never spoke of her father except to say that that he "should be avoided at all costs." When Pandora opens an email he sends on her seventeenth birthday; she and the world may suffer the consequences. In 10 days.
Though the Pandora's Box Game is an interesting aspect of the story, the best parts take place outside the game.
On the run from the CIA, FBI, and Homeland Security, and with hot step-brothers Theo and Eli in tow; Pandora must follow clues that lead her on a cross-country trek before her game clock runs down.
This is a book that keeps the reader guessing from the start. Whether the questions be those of survival, logistics, love, or game related; they come at you in a rapid-fire style that will keep even the most seasoned sleuth guessing.
It is hard to know which of the obvious attractions Pandora will go for. There is Theo, the serious and seriously hot computer whiz. Tall, dark, and all business.
This is a great read that you won't want to put down; with an ending you have to read to believe!