Review : The Eye Of Minds by James Dashner

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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.  (From: Goodreads)

*!!!Five Brilliant Brilliant Stars!!!*

There was this big thing called VirtNet. Gamers could experience in the games as if they were really in the games. Most people liked to spend time in the Sleep more than in the Wake. As the virtual world became more and more important. It somehow made threats to real life as well. Michael and his friends, Sarah and Bryson, were great gamers or more of hackers. They were asked to find out where the big bad wolf, Kaine, was. Therefore, an exciting journey was started.

Kaine was good, but he was just another gamer afterall.

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The world is virtual. The danger is real.

James Dashner had become my favourite author after I finished The Maze Runner, not the series, just the first book. I love how easily the story is told and yet the plots are gripping. I love all four books in The Maze Runner series and I’m now waiting for the fifth book. Let’s not talk about that now since I’m reviewing The Eye Of Minds. I picked up this book because I’ve read so many bad books recently and I wanted to read a good one. James is my favourite author. I love his writing. I then knew that I’d definitely love this book just as much as I loved his previous works.

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The idea of the story is awesome. Nowadays, there are a lot of people like to play the computer games. I believe that if the gamers would like to take some to read, they would love The Mortality Doctrine series. I love how the actions and scenes were described. It made me feel like I was one of the gamer. This book is like the Coffin to me.

Michael was alive, back in the NerveBox — what most people called the Coffin — Lifted from the Sleep.

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Michael, Sarah, and Bryson were three teenagers who liked to play sarcasm with one another. They seemed real to me. I don’t believe the apocalypse story and teenagers just somehow know how to survive. These three protagonists weren’t like that. In real life, Michael couldn’t code the world. Only in the virtual life, he and his friends could be heroes just like those in the computer games. In the computer games, you can kill, be killed, and survive. Everything is possible.

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The opening chapter of this book is good. It is gripping, making me want to know more about the whole story.

He pictured some poor sap of a fisherman thinking he’d finally caught the big one, only to reel in a nasty surprise.

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Let’s Get Into Some Details

Brystones: But the Wake is so boring. What’s the point?

This is to every gamer. Well…as boring as the Wake a.k.a. the real world is, this is where you actually live. You can’t just indulge yourself in the virtual world all the time!

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The one solace he had was that he and his friends were together. They didn’t say much — or have time to — but at least they were together.

The thing about friends is that you can always rely on each other no matter what happens.

The silence was strange as well — almost like it wasn’t silence at all but a constant buzz.

I can feel it! I mean…I know what it is! Sometimes I am lying awake in the middle of the night. It’s really quiet, pure silence. And I can only hear a constant buzz. It’s like electricity or something. I’ve always wondered what that is.

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“I wouldn’t care. I swear I wouldn’t. That’s what’s so great about the Sleep. I know who you are inside, and that’s all that matters.”

I watched Criminal Minds last week. When I read these sentences, it took me back to S08E10 The Lesson. Dr. Spencer Reid said, “It doesn’t matter what she looks like. She’s already the most beautiful girl in the world to me.”

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I recommend everyone to read this book because I love it! Sci-Fi and action is the best combination! (Uh…I’m not talking about Star Wars, LOL)

Happy reading ~ 😀

 

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