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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
It is supposed to be just an internet game, a tantalizing game you finish and feel like you have just come out from another world, only it turns out to be more than a game. It turns out to be a very dangerous experience for all the players. Instead of being a fun game, it soon becomes a game of survival.
Welcome to the Apocalypse – Pandora by D.L. Richardson is a riveting blend of science fiction and fantasy, a story about the joys and perils of virtual games. Readers are introduced to compelling characters, including Jack Minnow, a website designer; a widow, Kelly Lawrence; and the son of a senator, Reis Anderson. The players are hooked up to the mainframe computer and they must survive twenty-four hours. Although this is a virtual game, meaning they can’t possibly get killed, things change when they are immediately plugged in for the next game without any “game over.” They know something is wrong and they only hope someone can come in to help. If the pods break down, they might die. Question is: how long can they continue playing before someone comes to the rescue?
Welcome to the Apocalypse – Pandora is an exciting read, an engaging thriller for fans of video games and apocalyptic literature. I loved the pace and the sense of urgency the characters experience from the moment they know their lives could be in danger. D.L. Richardson comes across as internet savvy and the reader has no doubt that she’s done her research for this story, one that is utterly captivating with numerous twists and surprises. The suspense is biting and the reader can feel the pulse of the characters. From the very first to the last page, the story is emotionally charged, the action intense, and the conflict driving the plot forward. This is a very interesting read and highly recommended.