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Doomed is a unique spin on the classic “doomsday” scenario. Basically Pandora Walker is contacted via email by her estranged father on her 17th birthday. Unable to resist this opportunity to connect with this man she barely knows but desperately want to know, she opens the email and sets into motion a destructive cyber worm which threatens to take down the world unless she–with the help of her friends,stepbrothers Eli and Theo–can take down the worm by beating the game it’s linked to. Epic gaming, commence.
Romance. It wasn’t really the main point of the book, but it was there and worth mentioning. Basically, when you have a girl and two guys trying to find a solution to the end of the world, there’s gonna be a little chemistry, right? Just go with it. ;o) Eli and Theo are very interesting, very opposite characters and throughout the novel, Pandora struggles to figure out her conflicting feelings about the two. While in the end, I was very happy with her choice, I wished that she hadn’t needed to make the choice at all. I think the story could have been just as intriguing and just as fulfilling with just one guy. The love triangle thing has really started to make me roll my eyes unless there is a super strong reason for it, and I just didn’t feel like there was a reason for it in this book.
Story. By and large the story was interesting and definitely different than I was expecting. When I read the synopsis I really thought it would be more about the game and a little bit more of a virtual reality scenario. This didn’t really detract from me enjoying the book, it was just not what I expected. While I’m not a gamer, my husband is, so I could appreciate that aspect and it definitely added an extra element which was interesting. It had some issues with pacing however. It seemed to move in circles and really dragged in a few places. There was also quite an environmentalist agenda that was sort of the undercurrent of the entire book, but it wasn’t super “in-your-face,” just sort of there throughout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about taking care of the earth and everything, it just seemed a little forced in this particular novel. Overall, I was intrigued and ended up enjoying it as a whole.
Overall. Other than my issues with the pacing, love triangle and environmentalist undercurrent, the story was intriguing and fun. Recommended for those who enjoy a gaming atmosphere and/or a doomsday, apocalypse scenario.