Jan 4, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Doomed by Tracy Deebs

Blog Tour: Doomed by Tracy Deebs
Hosted by Itching For Books

Another great book tour organised by Shane @ Itching For Books. I didn't hear about Doomed by Tracy Deebs before I saw blog tour sign-up but summary appealed to my inner-geek so here I am. :)

My part of the blog tour today is to offer you my thoughts about the book and to try and make a dream cast for the movie. Also of course you have an opportunity to check out the book summary, find out a little bit more about the author & enter awesome GIVEAWAY!!!

Book Cover: Doomed by Tracy Deebs

Doomed by Tracy Deebs

Ebook, 481 pages
Published on January 8, 2013 by Walker Childrens
(Provided for review by blog tour organisator)



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.

About Tracy Deebs:

Author Photo: Tracy Deebs

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.


My Thoughts:

Tracy Deebs is already established and popular young adult author - that is obvious when you start reading Doomed. Her writing style is easy to read and perfect for young adults, with heroes that are not too old for their age.

Doomed alternate cover

Pandora, heroine of Doomed, may seem like a rebel with her haircut and multiple piercings but she is just an ordinary girl. In fact, she is usual young adult novel heroine. Neglected by her successful mother. Long ago abandoned by her father. In school Pandora is a loner, except for one best friend. If you love usual tropes of ya novels, you have a lot of things to look forward to while reading this novel.

Although Doomed by Tracy Deebs is advertised as dystopian, I would more label it as post-apocalyptic novel. Pandora opens a website link that her father sent her and, unintentionally uploads a worm/virus to an internet. The next thing she knows - all infrastructures are collapsing: telephone, electricity, internet. The only thing that works is an online game that Pandora sometimes plays. And in this game a new notification is flashing "Total annihilation in 10 days". Pandora has to look for clues everywhere while she is chased by creatures from Greek mythology (in game) and government agents & rebel gangs (real life).

Fortunately for Pandora, she will have help of two handsome boys - Theo and Eli. One dark the other one blond - to satisfy every taste. Yes, love triangle lovers rejoice, there will be a lot of tension and drama and of course Pandora will not pick one of them until the last moment. Because, first they have to beat the game and save the world...

Summary for Doomed by Tracy Deebs reminded me of combination of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow & Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Both are my favorite young adult books, so my expectations for Doomed were set very high. I expected treats for gaming fans and some great fight-against-the-government & save-the-world moments.

Unfortunately, whole story felt rather shallow with a lot of illogical things that kept bugging me: Why Pandora leaves her best friend that she knew whole life (who has a father computer expert) and instead runs away with two boys who she met that morning? Why does she immediately assumes that government agents are against her and does not try to cooperate with them? How come all characters keep miraculously going although they sustain so much injuries trough this book? If I could ignore this questions, my enjoyment of this book would be far greater because it's a quick action-packed read, but sadly most of the times Pandora's actions were not logical to me and I could not understand her.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

I recommend this book to fans of: ya dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels with a lot of action and love triangle romance.

My Character Dream Cast:

I never did this before - picked a dream cast for an imaginary movie based on a book I read. But it sounded fun so I signed up for dream cast option in blog tour for Doomed by Tracy Deebs. I had some troubles finding appropriate actors since I don't follow so much young actor scene anymore, but I gave it my best shot.

Pandora is very high for an average girl - 183 cm. She has short, spiky red hair with violet streaks, multi-pierced ears and star-shaped nose ring. She usually dresses in jeans, Doc Martens & t-shirts with logos of her favorite bands.

As soon as I read description of Pandora image of Angelina Jolie from movie Hackers got stuck in my head. Although Pandora later in the book turned out to be much less tough than I expected, still I stay with this choice. We only need time machine to get young Angelina and some brown contacts (since her eyes are blue).

Theo is tall, dark and gorgeous. He usually dresses all preppy in button down shirts but he's broody and has a bad-boy hidden (or not so hidden) streak. Piercing blue eyes, black hair, full lips...

My pick for a role of Theo would be Devon Bostick

- he can pull of preppy and dark look. I don't know when he's cuter when he's all proper or has one of those mischievous looks. ;) Here we will need some blue contacts to fix one thing Devon is missing to be a perfect Theo.

Eli is Theo's opposite: green eyes, carefully styled blond hair and a killer smile. He's also tall, broad-shouldered with big hands, feet, biceps etc.

When I needed to think of a blond actor who is a total charmer almost immediately Alex Pettyfer from movie Beastly popped into my head (of course it was his image before the transformation). I think he even has green eyes, so we can save colored-contacts expense. LOL

Well, that's my dream cast. What do you think? Who would you pick?


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