Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Title: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 10th October 2013

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
I have to say that this is the first book by James Dashner that I have ever read, and what a book it is. The Eye of Minds drew me in by the synopsis alone, and then with the amazing cover. My review may be slightly vague as I don't want to give away too much of the plot and what happens.

The Eye of Minds is set in a futuristic world where people spend a lot of time on VirtNet, a virtual world. Michael's goal is to get to the top levels in Lifeblood where everything is even more real and intense. With the help of two friends, Sarah and Bryson, they work together to try to get there. However their plans are interrupted when they are enlisted blackmailed to help find a hacker and stop him, if they do this then they will have what ever they want in VirtNet.

The Eye of Minds is impossible to put down, and the further I got into the book the deeper the mystery went, and the higher the stakes. Each new chapter drew me into the worlds even more and it made it even harder to put it down. I love the world created in this book, in fact all the multiple worlds, having to keep these game worlds, inside a virtual world, inside a human world is no easy feat, yet James makes them fit perfectly together and each time they entered the virtual world it was a natural progression.
The Eye of Minds has a perfectly paced plot, story development, and character development and I quickly found myself becoming attached to them, wanting them to keep fighting and keep going. Each time something happened to the characters I wanted them to come back fighting even harder.

The Eye of Minds has twists and turns that I never expected, yet each new one only added to the story, rather than taking away from it or making it to busy. The ending was a complete shock, I was left speechless, it was something that hadn't even crossed my mind. I am really looking forward to next book in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, sounds like a good one. I've seen this around as something people were looking forward to, but this is the first review I've seen. The concept is cool and I like shocker endings, so I may have to get this one. :) Thanks.


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