BOOK REVIEW: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner

 Eye-of-MindsThe Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1)

by James Dashner

ISBN13: 9780385741392

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publication date: October 8th 2013

Pages: 308

Genres: Science Fiction

Buy from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

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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 had a great experience with James Dashner’s books so I thought I’d give this one a try. It wasn’t on my top list to buy but one day there was a big May Day sale and this book was 50% off, so yeah. And after a long reading slump I finally picked it up.

“Your demons are always with you,” Skale answered. His voice seemed even raspier than the day before. “Don’t you understand that by now? Always with you, impossible to escape. But you never can guess how they might manifest themselves.”

The virtual world…

The story is based on three teens who spend their time in a virtual world named VirtNet. Their names are Michael, Sarah, and Bryson. They’re good hackers and expert at computer coding, they use it to earn points and to level up in Lifeblood Deep game. One day, Michael is recruited by the security of VirtNet to track down virtual terrorism issues, Kaine, and The Mortality Doctrine to safe not only the whole virtual land but also the real life.

Mindblowing plot twist

It wasn’t that bad, not like what other people thought. I enjoyed reading it but that was it. Dashner is good at making new characters very likeable, even though he also likes to torture them. No surprise here. THE ENDING, THOUGH. AAAAAAAAHH WHY DID I NOT SEE IT COMING?! WHY WAS I SO BLIND? What a plot twist, and it left me emotionally crippled. One word, why.

I was impressed by Michael and his friends, they’ve never met in real life but they had each other’s back no matter what happened. What bothered me was, why did Michael worry about school at the beginning and then forget about all of it until the end? And, why did his parents and his grandmother not worry about him being in a virtual world for days? I didn’t get the logic, and I didn’t understand how Michael thought about his grandmother when he found out about something happened. Um, if I tell you what it was it’d be counted as a spoiler and I don’t want to ruin the fun. BUT STILL, IT WAS A MIND-BLOWING ENDING. That’s all you should know for now.

To be honest, the ending was the only thing that made me want to read the sequel. And I heard the third book is coming soon, it’s called The Game of Lives. Hmm… okay. I really can’t imagine what will happen next so I need the rest of the series to be on my TBR list. This book is interesting, I think you should check it out if you’re a fan of sci-fi because this one is a new kind of science fiction, with humorous characters and thrilling adventures.

Are you into this kind of genre? What was your favorite part of the book?

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