Pandora Tainted is a work of dystopian fiction by Vak Beacon. It follows the adventures of the eponymous Pandora and her partner in crime Ian, both terrorists attempting to overthrow the iron-fisted regime of a government known as the Global Empire, GE for short. The story is set in the city of Eden, capital city of the GE built on top of what used to be London. The GE embodies every corruption of any government ever. They've globally segregated every race, citizens are under near-constant surveillance, entertainment and sources of entertainment such as books, movies, the internet have been totally shut down. Citizens wake up, eat, work, and sleep. Behind the Global Empire is General Enforcement, the sinister army of the new Earth, its ranks entirely filled with automatons. And behind the General Enforcement is Pendarious, the self-proclaimed emperor of the new world.
The story is part revolution, part mystery, part political intrigue, and dashed with loving parody of all of the above. The main character, Pandora, though being a skilled fighter and clever in her own right, is ultimately used as a pawn and figurehead by the resistance movement. Meanwhile, brilliant Ian plays an important role as strategist for the resistance, and finally deals the crippling blow that allows them to overthrow the GEâs reign. And then there is the curious case of the group called the Seven Fears that stalk Pandora and Ian, and the man called Fedora who stalked the Fears. Not to mention the hospitable and insane Kitty, or the resistance mastermind Galt.
Pandora Tainted provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Pandora herself.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Pendarious is the ruler of the planet, who has people massacred daily, and no one notices because he's constantly pumping amnesiac drugs into the populace.
- The Empire: The Global Empire, to be exact.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Both of the main characters are made out to be terrorists by the GE, making it so that they can't even show their faces in public without setting off every alarm in a one-mile radius.
- Implacable Man: More like seven of them... The Seven Fears.
- Mecha-Mooks: General Enforcement is entirely populated by robotic automatons.
- Villain with Good Publicity: One of the main villains, Pendarious, rules the planet, and the other, General Enforcement, is the world's law enforcement.