Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Genre: Sci fi, action Age Level: YA Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1
Genre: Sci fi, action
Age Level: YA
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1

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 Mindsis 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.


Having read Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, I knew to expect an action packed, fast paced story without much real substance (it is only at the end of The Death Cure that you realize the brilliance of the story and get some deeper meaning). Once in a while I like to read a book that I don’t have to think much about and moves quickly – which is exactly how I would describe  The Eye of Minds.

The characters act like normal teenagers and I loved their humorous exchanges. It’s hard to connect with any of them as the focus of the story is more on the plot than the characters. There is never much character development, except for Michael because his the main character.

The plot feels a bit dragged out at points, but I enjoyed it overall. It is easy to see the appeal of the VirtNet and while the world building isn’t the best, I have a feeling it will be expanded on in the later books. Though the whole virtual, easily manipulated world has been done before, this book feels fresh and intriguing. There is an underlying mystery to the plot which keeps you hooked and many twists and turns along the way.

I knew there was going to be a twist at the end and was constantly trying to guess at it along the way. As I approached the end, I prepared myself for some crazy twist – and I was still mind blown. Looking back now, it all makes sense, but it came out of nowhere. This has got to be one of the best twists I have ever read. If you even get close, that’s amazing because I honestly had no clue.

The Eye of Minds was a fun read that is quite enjoyable if you don’t look for any depth to the story. I can’t wait to see what direction the story will take next and am anxiously awaiting the sequel. Recommended to fans of action stories and virtual worlds.


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