The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds

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From James Dashner, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which includes The Maze Runner --now a #1 movie worldwide--and The Scorch Trials --soon to be a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox that hits theaters on September 18, 2015--comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure.  The Eye of Minds is the first novel in the Mortality Doctrine 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.

Praise for The Eye of Minds , Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series

"More realistic and addictive than any video game-- The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!"--Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
"A gripping page-turner, Dashner's latest is sure to please."-- BookPage
"Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages."--
 "An adrenaline rush." -- School Library Journal

"In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book." -- Booklist

"High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."- VOYA

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385741392
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Dashn
Characteristics: 310 p.


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Apr 08, 2017

James Dashner has never ceased to amaze me. This book (and series) is so good! I do have to point out it is a little complex and I think that is why a few people find it boring, but personally, I love it. It's a very intelligent series, it's fast paced, thrilling, and kept me reading. These are some of my all time favorite books and I'm rereading them again!

Feb 08, 2017

This was one of my favourite books. I read the first few pages and imdediatly fell in love. This is a must read. :P

Jan 10, 2017

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The subject matter is interesting, and there was enough tension to keep the pages turning. But it made no real lasting impression. It's missing *something*.

That said, the ending was excellent and is the only reason I'm rating it as high as 3.5 stars.

Sep 16, 2016


I was pretty excited about reading this book, after reading the awesome maze runner series. But I started this book, and I was instantly bored to death. It was a little exciting, i thought the idea of a virtual world would add a cool twist, but the virtual world i just like the real one. I put the whole series on hold, only to realize I couldn't even finish plowing through the first book. Bored me to death, don't read.

Aug 19, 2016

The eye of minds is a wonderful book that is about a boy named Michael that is obsessed with gaming and is really good at it. His skills are very helpful especially when the security are needing him and his friends to help save the world. But there is a bit of a surprise at the end leaving you wanting to read the next book. I would recommend this book to people that have read the Maze runner because it helps you understand a bit more about the Maze runner.

Aug 10, 2016

This was an awesome book to get into. I haven't read any of James Dashner's books until this one. And I have to say, each chapter is simply a page-turner!
If you like anything to do with technology, and you are familiar with this generation's current lingo, (as I am) then you will definitely appreciate this book! I enjoyed all the references, (and even caught some references alluding to his other series "Maze Runner") and his sense of humor, and it was overall a spell-binding book to read!
Highly recommended.

Jul 27, 2016

The Eye of Minds is an absolutely thrilling story set in a futuristic world where artificial intelligence has become the centre of human lives. The main character, Michael, is a gamer who possesses excellent coding skills and is chosen for a task that can save mankind. Along with his reliable friends, Michael enters the virtual realm, only to find out that it is a threat to real lives. The plot helps to develop a strong characterization of Michael. No matter the complexity of the problem, Michael solves it by making tough decisions with a thoughtful and brave approach. Overall, the action in the story is fast-paced and full of suspense, accompanied by unimaginable dangers lurking behind each corner. The cliff-hanger ending of the book easily convinces the reader to continue reading the series. For those who enjoyed The Maze Runner, The Eye of Minds will be impossible to put down!
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In a world where gaming revolves around a highly sophisticated virtual reality called the VirtNet, Dashner tells a story similar in style to his bestselling The Maze Runner, although very different in plot. The book is very well written and offers a sufficient amount of character development for one to synthesize with the protagonist. It has a complex plot, with even subtle details that can change the entire plot and bring little bits of suspense at every turn. There is a good deal of action throughout the book, but does not stop and focus on this primarily- the book is an intriguing read that unveils little bits of information at every turn. The conclusion of this book, however, is one that brings an enormous plot twist to the book and changes everything for the rest of the series. Rated 4.5/5 for considerably suspenseful plot, decent character development, lots of action and an extreme conclusion that will throw every reader off.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I have several mixed feelings about James Dashner, but I guess the best way to describe my view on his stuff is between "tolerable" and occasionally "good." The author of the Maze Runner trilogy/series, he has also written this series on sci-fi and somewhat dystopia. A world in which robots and technology almost rival humans, a young teenage boy is thrust into a game that alters his ideas of reality. While the plot was interesting, the execution of action and words could have been better written, in my opinion.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 06, 2016

i loved this book! The slang threw me off a bit but it didn't take long for me to get the hang of it. The ending made me want to keep reading, but sadly i lost the second book

me_tis_awesome Mar 01, 2016

real good start. I'm officialy hooked. :^) This is the fist book I read by james dashner. So creepy.

Jan 20, 2016

Starts out simple, but I got REALLY confused at the end.

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Jul 07, 2016

In a world where video games are as real as it gets, a man called Kaine has gone rogue. Michael and his friends are experienced hackers, and have no choice but to risk their lives in order to stop Kaine. Who is he? What is he? and What does he want?

Aug 09, 2015

Micheal finds out he is a tangent


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