Review: The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)

Publication date: October 8th 2013

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 323

Series: The Mortality Doctrine (1#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Dystopia

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

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.



Well, I think it was apparent before even beginning this book, that I would compare it to the Maze Runner trilogy. I mean, you’re talking about one of my favourite authors here. Not to mention the author that got me into dystopian books.

I have to say that I didn’t like it as much. I liked it, but I loved the Maze Runner trilogy. The Eye of Minds is really a mystery/sci-fi book as opposed to dystopian, so it’s out of my typical tastes. I’m not really surprised but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read The Eye of Minds.

I love James Dashner’s writing (obviously) and I stand by the fact that he has a talent for writing gorier scenes. He can make things sound really creepy (Grievers anyone?). The other thing he does is write unpredictable things, particularly near the ending, that drives you crazy in anticipation for the next book. Even in The Eye Minds, the things that should have been totally unpredictable, that stare you right in the face the whole time are unpredictable.

The book, or at least the paperback, is so pretty in person! Really pretty. I do have to complain about the spine, though. It’s pretty boring compared to the gorgeous cover.

The Eye of Minds should totally be a movie. I’m telling you, I was holding a blockbuster in my hands. I swear, it could look amazing on the big screen. An epic sci-fi action movie right here.

The characters were great. Bryson provided the totally necessary witty commentary. The lead character made for a great leader and the also necessary female in the group could envy Hermione Granger of Harry Potter.

I might continue with the series if I’m given the chance, because I really would like to know what happened after the last book and I can’t wait to gaze upon the next cover.

 3.5/5 comets
Looks like the start of an apocalypse!

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 Goodreads author bio:

James DashnerJames 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.




One thought on “Review: The Eye of Minds

  1. HOLLY says:

    I wasn’t thrilled with the way the Maze Runner series ended, which is why I’m sort of hesitant to read this book. If it’s another series, I’m not sure if I want to risk it having another “meh” ending. Would you recommend it?

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