The Eye of Minds

The Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1) by James Dashner
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 8th 2013
Pages: 308
My Rating: two-stars

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.

Too simple. Lacking tech. Those are my two 2-word reviews for this two star book.

My longer review wouldn’t get much better. I enjoyed Maze Runner and it’s not fair to compare, but it’s inevitable.

The middle act proceeding to the final act was weak and repeating the same thing over and over.There was a very bad reveal at the end.

This book continues my love/hate relationship with YA. Either YA is really good, or the really bad. This one went south from my perspective because of poor use of tropes like the matrix, gamer culture, and AI.

I’ve read a lot of cyberpunk and Sci-Fi so I have higher expectations for  technical plot lines. This line was too thin to hold together.

This was book 14/15 in 2016