Book Review: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine) by James Dashner

Posted November 23, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine) by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on July 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction
Pages: 310
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780552569736
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an edge-of-your seat adventure. 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.

To catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make your wildest fantasies become real. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Who wants to play by the rules anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. One gamer has been taking people hostage inside the VirtNet with horrific consequences.

The government needs Michael to track down the rogue gamer, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever . . .

“Who knows the true definition of real?”

I’ve had this series on my TBR list for years. Ever since I read Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. When I caught this first two books on sale for less than $2, I just knew I’d begin it immediately. But I didn’t. Now all this time later I’ve finally decided to check it out, and I’m glad I did. The Eye of Minds is an action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

The Eye of Minds is about a young hacker named Michael who stumbles upon a deadly conspiracy. Someone inside the VirtNet has been taking gamers hostage, and leaving them brain-dead. Now the government wants Michael and his friends to discover the killer’s hiding spot within the system so they can end this crime spree once and for all. The novel is better written than Dashner’s The Maze Runner trilogy, and I feel like Michael is better developed as a character. The story crosses genres from sci-fi, horror, mystery and suspense, and into dystopia, so even if you aren’t into video games, you’ll still find something to keep you interested.

What I enjoyed the most was they way Dashner left easter eggs along the way, before he dropped a major bomb in the novel. Once I completed the book, I realized that many things I raised an eyebrow at, or wrote off ended up being important for the conclusion. I can totally see this being a novel I end up reading again, just so I can catch-all of the things I missed the first time around. Aside from Dashner’s writing I also really like Michael, and couldn’t help rooting for him to survive.

The one thing I wished was better was the development of Michael’s gaming buds, Sarah and Bryson. Since these guys all hang in the VirtNet, readers don’t learn much about them other than their gaming skills. Hopefully their characters will be better explored in the next novel. I recommend The Eye of Minds for anyone interested in reading something fun, action-packed, and suspenseful.

About James Dashner

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.


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