The Eye of Minds

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An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

I read Dashner’s The Maze Runner series and I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it (and I am certainly going to go see the movie), so I didn’t go into this with very high expectations, even though I had read a great review for it. And I was glad I didn’t. I liked the main character – Michael, and he impressed me with his POV. I’m not a huge fan of male main characters because I usually can’t relate to them (I mean, I am a girl, I don’t understand the minds of boys), I could with Michael though, and I think a lot of that is directly related to his intense friendship with Sarah and Bryson. He relies on them like no other, and I think he trusts them more than himself, he also admits to his weaknesses pretty easily, which I appreciated.

The whole concept of the book is interesting, though not usually my cup of tea. I felt like too much time was spent in this alternate reality, I was aching for more of the real world, and slightly irritated by the lack of description of Michael. I couldn’t really picture him and it irritated me since everything else was given pretty detailed descriptions. Well, it turned out all of this was a part of the story, and after I finished the book and the major plot twist had been revealed I was like “What! Crazy!” and I understood the lack of certain descriptions and the time spent in the “Real.” Even though we can’t create a clear picture of Michael physically, I feel like we know his mannerisms and character well enough and he’s still a really likable/relatable character.

This didn’t really get exciting for me until about pg. 100. I actually started this book just to get 60 pages in and then switched to These Broken Stars. Once it picked up though it was really exciting and I flew through the rest of it. I love Sarah and Bryson, and Michael’s relationship with them. It was really the key thing of the book that kept me interested, not the worlds or the villain, but how these three worked together and supported each other. Michael and Sarah have a cute flirtatious relationship, but it doesn’t get in the way of their mission, and Bryson is the comic relief of the group, who tries to bring some happiness into their challenging and pretty depressing mission.

The relationships, and the see how Michael copes with the crazy plot twist is what has me reaching for the sequel.

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