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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 t
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Walker Childrens
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Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Really 1.5 Stars

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Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley. This has not affect my view of the book. Doomed will be available for purchase January 8, 2013.

You can survive without electricity, the internet, cell phones, or generally any modern convenience for a few days. Yes, it's tough. But it is plausible. After all, the caveman did it. And for that matter so did anyone else who lived before Al Gore invent
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I was nervous about starting Doomed . I'm a computer nerd, gaming nerd, web design nerd, and all kinds of internet geeky. I wanted Doomed to rock my universe. I wanted it to knock my pants off. I was afraid that perhaps I had overhyped it for myself and that it would disappoint me...

Who was I kidding?!!

Doomed RIPPED my pants off and left me buck naked, hair blowing in the wind, happy tears streaming down my face. Cards on the freaking table... DOOMED
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Honestly I really just have a few issues with the book:

1. A whole star was lost because our main character, Pandora, is an over dramatic child.

Yes, yes I understand you don't have Google and you can't text your bestie that you, coincidentally, forgot all about once you ditched her with the herd of cops, homeland security and FBI agents.

2. Typical hate relationship between two completely different, newly brought together stepbrothers that both oh so fell in love with our main character.

Pandora is just like any other teen, hooked to the Internet and spending way too much time on her laptop. Her mum is barely around, more often than not on a business trip somewhere, and she hasn't seen or heard from her dad in years. That is, until her birthday. Opening up her email, she's stunned to find twelve photos of her family from when she was younger that have been sent by her dad. Unable to help herself, she clicks on the photos, never imagining that doing do would release a virus desig ...more
Colleen Houck
I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination but I could easily envision my nephews and nieces getting trapped in this way. I loved the real world overlapping with the game and the mythological monsters found inside it. I wouldn't mind a get away car trip with those boys. They seem to have it all under control which is something I'd really appreciate in the apocalypse.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Please be advised that this review contains spoilers, though I have tried to keep some big ones out. You have been warned.

This is a fairly standard post-apocalyptic novel in which the main character, Pandora, is faced with a world without the Internet, communications more advanced than radio, or any of the amenities that first world countries deem necessary for survival, with the help of her two oversized boy-friends, Eli and Theo.
Shortly after the catastrophe, the Internet comes back online, b
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I say about Doomed? Oh yeah, that it was freaking amazing! The world that Tracy Deebs has thrown us into is a new and exciting one. One where it is half a video game and half a real life story, but it is sometimes hard to tell the difference. I really loved what Tracy put these characters through and all the twist and turns of the story!
So, I had the cover where it was actual people on it, and I really loved that one! It captured the story and showed the technological aspect of i
The entire modern world is useless when every modern convenience has been turned inside out. Our main character has family issues especially with her non-existent father, and when he sends her a birthday present that she opens on her computer, she realizes it’s not just photos that she’s seeing, it’s a worm that has worked its way into the Internet that disables all technology. Mass chaos ensues, and if Pandora wants to save the world, she has to play by the rules. Beat the game, and save the wo ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Doomed is a kick-butt, awesome young adult novel. I love the three main characters. Doomed is told from Pandora's point of view, but the two gorgeous stepbrothers, Theo and Eli, are right by Pandora's side to protect her and help her save the world. Oh yeah, I love these two guys. Theo is dark and broody, and Eli is a total charmer, and both are seriously hot. Tracy Deebs knocked my socks off with these fantastic characters, their swoon worthy and fun banter, and the action-packed storyline. Dee ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

I'm honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this reread, given how juvenile the writing and characters are in the midst of such a serious, devastating situation.

In Doomed, we follow Pandora, a high school girl who, like her namesake, is curious enough to kill the cat herself. Because of this curiosity, she's naive enough to open an email from her father- a man who has been missing from her life for over 10 years- and subsequently unleash a viral worm that quickly destroys all sem
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this e-arc from the publishers via Netgalley for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

And now I must make a small apology for the length of this review! I got to thinking about so many things that I had to talk about regarding this book because it really made me think!

Tracy Deebs, author of the fabulous Tempest series (trilogy?) has taken on a new challenge! She wrote a dystopian novel, Doomed, that was freaking awesome! Although I must say, that I like the fi
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

In these letters are the answers to any question I could imagine you asking. About me. About yourself. About your mother and her relationship with me. About why we've chosen to live our lives so far apart. If you want to know these things, click on the link I've included. If you don't, ignore it and I promise I'll never contact you again.

Most girls get presents, time with friends and family, and other warm and fuzzy surprises on their 17th birthdays. Pand
Chapter by Chapter
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally a novel that gamers can relate to! As a fan of MMOs and RPGs, the premise of Doomed by author Tracy Deebs sounded interesting and like my cup of tea. The first thing that I think really caught my attention about the novel was the cover, not the one that it has right now but the old one with the three main characters on the cover. That is what had me most interested, after reading the description hearing that it was a sci-fi retelling of the old Pandora’s Box story, I was dying to get my ...more
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OMG! I’m afraid I’m going to start babbling about how much I loved this book and what it did make me feel!
I was having a hard time trying to read the new books I had, I had my e-reader broke and the only way to read my e-books was in my computer. But well, I did. Because I had a stop in the blog tour of Doomed and even though I wasn’t doing a review I had to know what it was about.
And Doomed made me go back to read! My h
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I went into this book expecting to love it, and that I most definitely did, but the overall plot that I read was completely different than the plot that I thought I would read. I was under the impression that this novel would more or less take place in the video game, and while it did, it also took place in the real world with insane action sequences and running from the law while fighting to save the world and discover oneself.

Pandora really follows her namesake. See a shiny box, don't know whe
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Look out! It’s time to “Beat the game. Save the world.”

Pandora loves to play virtual games. And when her laptop blinks back to life after every electronic device in her house stops functioning, she knows she has no other option but to follow the instruction on screen and start playing the game. Will she succeed in saving the world?

I find the story interesting. Since I hardly play any online games, I feel fascinated by the description of how multiple players can save, support and rescue one anoth
Apr 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Gerry Bartlett
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pandora hasn't seen her father for ten years when she gets an email from him on her birthday. Her mother has warned her not to have anything to do with this "evil man" but then her mother is cold and distant. Pandora craves some contact and Dad's sent pictures from her past. She has to click the link and look at the pictures. What's the harm? Oh, boy. This starts a chain reaction that can lead to the end of the world as we know it. From then on the action is fast and furious. I loved this book. ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mary Lindsey
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing premise. I'm thrilled it will finally be up on the shelves!
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge dystopia fan, so when I first read the blurb for Doomed, I was really intrigued and thought it sounded like a fun and interesting book, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. The opening line in the book description says "Beat the Game. Save the World." Well in Doomed, that term is exactly what the book is about, literally, and takes the term "extreme gaming" to a whole new level.

It is Pandora's 17th birthday. Her mom is a lawyer and workaholic, is off on a business trip in A
I received Doomed in return for an honest review from Netgalley & Bloomsbury Children's Books.Pandora wakes up the morning of her birthday expecting at least a text from her mother but is shocked to receive nothing and after a call its clear her mother has forgotten. She takes one last look at her email hoping that maybe she sent an email but is shocked to find only an email from her father. The father she's not heard from in years sends her link to a blog containing all the letters and twelve p ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rating: PG-13 due to violence
Wow! That is all that I can say right now. I am at a loss for words. I can’t say that I expected much from this story. If I’m to be honest and since this is my review I am. The synopsis sounds interesting- the end of the world and a video game. It had me interested enough to participate in the blog tour. But I have to say that I didn’t expect it to leave me speechless. Maybe it’s because the Mayan prophecies said the world was supposed to end a week ago. I watched a
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Giving that we live in a world that thrives and mostly runs on the internet, it was only a matter of time before an author took the "what if" I've conjured up in my mind over the years, and brought it to life. Tracy Deebs does just that, and in a really exciting way. I've always wondered what would happen if/when someone found a way to control or unleashed something that would virtually shut down the Internet. How long would it take to effect everyone, how would the world go on, what catastrophi ...more
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.

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, e
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Book Twirps
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The only thing Pandora wants on her seventeenth birthday is for her lawyer mother to call her from Alaska where she’s working. Instead, she receives a cryptic email message from her estranged father. Her mother always told Pandora that her father was a lousy man, and not to be trusted. But when you’re lonely and in need of some parental attention on your big day, what’s the harm in opening the email?

In this case, it’s a huge mistake. The website her father left for her to visit was actually some
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it! What initially caught my attention was the name of the main character: Pandora. Pretty understandable for a girl in love with mythology. So, yeah, she has a Greek name, but honestly, I wasn't expecting any Greek mythology. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

You could say this is a modern take on the classic tale of Pandora's Box. Except in this story, what Pandora releases is a deadly computer virus that could potentia
Jenna D.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review also post at Making the Grade

This day and age we have become so accustomed to the technology that we use on a daily basis, but what if all that technology were to be taken away? No cell phone, no television, no microwave for that matter. What would you do?

Well, you could do what the heroine of Tracy Deebs latest technological thriller/mystery/mish-mash of genres, DOOMED, does: Team up with two super hot (step) brothers and play a game to save the world – while solving her own little p
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