When it comes to Dashner, you know that you’re never going to get what you think you’re getting. But it’s always a twist that you don’t see coming. After reading “The Maze Runner” series which was a bit of a punch to the gut mixed with a murder mystery with a dash of futuristic creep factor, I decided I definitely wanted to give James Dashner more of my attention. (Plus he has a really cool last name!)
The Eye of Minds follows Michael and his two friends, Sarah and Bryson, on their journey to stop a cyber terrorist in a virtual reality world. Much like Ready Player One, this book dives in with the premise that basically everyone has a true self in the real world and virtual self that they can use to explore the greater digital universes. In this version, Michael is a hacker/gamer/rich kid who has all the latest tech and is head hunted by a government agency to put a stop to someone named Kaine who is killing people inside the virtual realm so they die for real on the outside.
What seems simple enough on the surface becomes increasingly more complicated as Michael and his friends hunt for clues, talk to tipsters, and scour the realities in new ways. They have to fight enemies of all kinds, find hidden information, and find new ways to hack the world as they know it.
The journey pulled me in and didn’t let go. It’s one of those “just one more chapter” books and before you know it, it’s 1am and you have to be up at 6am. And there were a couple of times where the chills were so severe, I had to read a different book so I could turn out the light and actually fall asleep.
It’s gripping and mesmerizing and takes you places you don’t expect. Fears are realized and explored and not usually in a fun or interesting way. More like I almost wet the bed and was afraid to put my feet on the floor. Okay, so maybe not as extreme as say, Stephen King but it was unexpected which made it more creepy.
But that wasn’t all that it had to offer. The book has a great tapestry of colorful characters, but not so many that you can’t remember their names, and location description that will make you feel like you are almost there. There is plenty of sarcasm and respect between the friends, a mutual appreciation of skills, and definitely a team armed to the (virtual) teeth with arsenals from several magical and non-magical realms.
If you like books that take you onto a path and you can’t figure out where it ends, then this is definitely for you. If you enjoyed The Maze Runner, Divergent, or Ready Player One, then this is definitely for you. If you just want a book that isn’t your typical YA love story/fantasy then pick this one up and get ready to take a ride.
Note: Book One of The Mortality Doctrine Series. Book Two The Rule of Thoughts was just released.
Goodreads rating: 5 stars
My personal rating: 92
- Writing style – 10
- Plot – 10
- Dialogue – 9
- Personality of Main Character(s) – 10
- Love story – 7
- Invokes emotion – 7
- Synopsis accuracy – 10
- Consistent level of interest – 10
- Stays on topic – 10
- Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 9