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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1)

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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 alm
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published September 27th 2013)
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My thoughts after I finished this book:
What the HELL did I just read?

James Dashner's writing style is nothing like anything I've ever read, or anything I ever will read.
It's simple and complex at the same time. It is full of so many contradictions, so many layers, so much depth that it's really impossible to describe his books.

The thing about James Dashner:
He does everything for a reason.

No detail is too trivial. No plot twist too big or small. Everything matters. In the end, when everything fi
Katie  (Books and Katie)
Jul 29, 2014 Katie (Books and Katie) rated it did not like it
There was a reason the VNS has chosen him and his friends, Michael thought, and he was glad for the reminder of the lengths they'd need to go.

We can do this, he told himself. Over and over.


I was never really thrilled to be reading this book, nor did I have super high expectations for it. This is an author that I've not really been fond of, both because I could never get into The Maze Runner , and also because I've seen some comments made by him against reviewers and they deterred me from
Jul 14, 2013 Jon rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to the lovely Go Flash Go! from Read, Rinse, Repeat! It was so kind of you to send me TEoM and I really appreciate it ;) Thanks for being awesome!!!

The Eye Of Minds was one of my most anticipated read of 2013 and it definitely delivered. I have been a huge, huge James Dashner fan ever since I first read The Maze Runner in my pre-blogging days. I consider myself a member of the Dashner Army, and I was so happy when Go Fla
May 05, 2015 Denisse rated it liked it
3.5 Not as bad as some people are saying, not as good as I thought it was going be, either. The worst thing is that we're all comparing it with The Maze Runner series, it is not better, so, people get really dissapointed. But I liked some details and plot twists, it is also a very fast-paced book with no wasted pages at all. It has some good funny dialoge...I don't know, is not bad or good, it is just entertaining. It has the possiblility of a very good continuation, hope I can read it soon. I w ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I go off track my reading challenge schedule. I just got a ton of work and I really have to set aside reading the last 100 pages of this book. I hate it when work interferes with pleasure reading. It's just ain't right. Hahaha.
Okay back to the book.
5 stars.
This Dashner novel is very reminiscent of the anime "sword art online".

I really really liked that anime show a lot! Plus I was an avid fan of MMORPG back in my days (It was the dawn of Ragnarok Online)..
So the inspiration is not really new to
Aug 25, 2013 Lexie rated it it was ok
UGGHH where to begin with this book. Let me first say before I go in to dislike mode, that I am a James Dashner fan I loved the Maze Runner even though that series didn't end the way I wanted I still enjoyed it (even got my brother & boyfriend to read it, which never happens). I was pretty disappointed about this book the entire time I was reading it, as you saw from my status update earlier. Like I mentioned earlier that I really enjoyed the Maze Runner series it was hard to get into at fir ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Eden rated it it was ok
That plot twist might've been way out of left field, but it just created more logistics problems. :S And I read this almost in tandem with Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart, which really highlighted for me the main problem with Dashner's books: his writing is so clunky. It's really awkward.
Aug 11, 2013 Braiden rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Book Probe Reviews.

After I finished reading The Eye of Minds,the first in James Dashner's new YA sci-fi series The Mortality Doctrine, all I basically did was:

1. eat in my sleep...


2. run in my sleep...


... then wake up in shock horror.

3. play the guitar, pretending I'm a rock god in my own VirtNet...


...while really feeling considerably itchy.

Basically The Eye of Mindswill mess with your mind.

Even Sassy attempted to access the VirtNet again...


...but she e

Apr 05, 2016 Irmak rated it liked it
Shelves: kütüphanem
Kitap benim için büyük hayal kırıklığı oldu. Çok büyük beklenti ile başlamıştım, konusu çok ilgimi çekmişti ama umduğumu buldum mu derseniz bulamadım.
Konu çok güzeldi gerçekten her ne kadar Avatar çakması olsa da ( Tabut'a girip kablolara bağlanıp SanalAğ'a geçme kısmı Avatardaki evrene geçiş ile aynıydı neredeyse ) Fakat kitabın anlatımı bana inanılmaz sıkıcı geldi. 3.tekil ağızdan anlatılmış olması beni çok sıktı ama o bir yana yazarın yazım tarzını da sevmedim. Labirent serisini okumamı
✞Ƙєℓℓу✧Sтєℓℓαя Scяυтιηу✞
“Who knows the true definition of real?”


Real ˈ
/rē(ə)l/ adjective.
1) "Actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined supposed."
2) "(of a substance or thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine."

According to Google's definition of real (dictionaries are a thing of the past), anything that is not artificial or an imitation is real. Therefore, everything in a virtual reality is purely a figment of our imagination. Ah, but the question is, is the VirtNet real? If we are able to
Yasmin (Book Unicorn)
Jan 25, 2016 Yasmin (Book Unicorn) rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
2 1/2 stars. Maybe 3.

Meh. "Review to come." (The deadly line... I still need to write about 3 reviews from this week Xd XD)
Nov 28, 2013 Wesley rated it it was ok
I have a problem with the way Dashner writes.

First things first, the book was okay after I finished it. I read The Maze Runner (really liked it) and The Scorch Trials (hated it), so this was my third Dashner book and the book that would sort of solidify my opinion of Dashner. And I've decided I don't like the way he writes.

While I found the book okay as a whole after finishing, it was not fun to read; it was just annoying. Similar to the Maze Runner series, I appreciate the concept and core sto
Mar 27, 2016 Burcu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okundu-2016
Neden sağ gösterip sol vuruyorsun be adam! İkinci kitabı verin bana hemen şimdi :(
Jeff Raymond
Jan 07, 2014 Jeff Raymond rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ya-sci-fi

Okay, if I put on my "would kids like this" hat, this book is pretty great. It's a fast-paced techno-thriller with a lot of twists and turns to keep the story moving along. A good gateway book for reluctant readers, perhaps.

If I put on my "is this a good book" hat, I just want to throw it across the room in frustration and agony. While the book certainly falls in line with Tad Williams's Otherland and Conor Kostick's Saga thematically, it's written more like a Dan Brown or Brad Meltzer book
Will M.
Jun 27, 2014 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kindly skip the sentences that were underlined as they will contain spoilers.

Before I get into the review of the novel, I'd like to point out that I was expecting this to be a bad rip off of Ready Player One. RPO's one of my favorite novels, so I had mountain high expectations for The Eye of Minds.

Just like James Dashner's The Maze Runner, this one literally started with a mystery. I kinda like that about Dashner. A mystery at the very beginning tends to make the reader speculate possible eve
Remy Blas
Jan 06, 2015 Remy Blas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Disfruté mucho la lectura de la saga Maze Runner y tenía muchas expectativas para este nuevo libro de James Dashner, especialmente tratándose de una historia que está tan relacionada al mundo de los videojuegos, algo a lo que me siento muy cercano.

Por eso lamento decir que este libro me resultó una triste decepción.

Los personajes me resultaron huecos y aburridos, además de poco desarrollados. En ningún momento logré sentir ninguna empatía con Michael, el protagonista, y tanto sus amigos como el
This book surprised me for the better. I didn't expect it to be bad, as I'd already enjoyed the Maze Runner series, but because I'm not keen on video games I thought maybe I wouldn't enjoy it as much. I was very wrong. Whether you like video games or not you can definitely find enjoyment in The Eye of Minds. It's almost like an adventure or fantasy book except that everything that going on isn't actually real, it's all in the world of the VirtNet.

Yes, the plot was very interesting and action pa
Oct 25, 2013 Antonio rated it it was ok
I read Maze Runner, but other than that I haven't had much experience with Dashner. I was disappointed with this book. My biggest issue is that if your character is supposed to be a great hacker, or really smart, then he should do some amazing hacking or something really smart. Throughout the book I was wondering why the protagonist was ignoring his hacking skills, ignoring clues, refusing to search more deeply, or interview potential sources more than superficially.

Overall, this book made me w
May 27, 2015 Leahxx rated it liked it
This was definitely a different kind of book. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. There were parts that were very interesting and parts that kind of bored me. The writing style wasn't my favorite ever and some of the wording and descriptions and such felt weird to me. There was a lack of flow, everything happened very fast. It was kind of hard to follow. The characters were likable, but also sort of generic. Their personalities won't stick out in my head at all. The ending was neat, but ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
This is the first book by James Dashner I read and I definitely enjoyed it! I found myself constantly rooting for Michael, Bryson and Sarah the whole way through. The VirtNet world the author created is amazing. This book was fast-paced and drew me in right from the beginning. I did not see the ending coming, however, there were clues. I was so enthralled with what was happening and what would happen next, that I missed them. I can't wait to see what happens next. This book will keep you on the ...more
Tanya Nekrasova
Dec 31, 2015 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Дэшнера стоит читать если вы ходите книги с кучей и кучей экшена! Мне понравилось.Пошла на ура.
Feb 17, 2013 J. rated it it was amazing
Had a chance to read the manuscript of this amazing novel, and I honestly think it is going to be even bigger than Maze Runner. If you are a Dashner fan, this is going to blow you away. And if you aren't this will make you one.

As with all Dashner books this is a great combination of action and what the heck is going on here. Great read!
Jun 06, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is the first book in the Mortality Doctrine series. After reading the Maze Runner (also by James Dashner) I thought he was a great author and I thought I'd give this book a try. It was just as great and original if not better. This book is about a boy named Michael in the future world. He is a great user of VirtNet, a whole new virtual world where your coffin allows you to feel everything like it 's the reality. Michel and his friends Sara and Bryson are great p ...more
Riley Blue
En estos momentos –minutos después de terminar el libro- no sé ni cómo sentirme. Tengo rabia porque no fue lo que esperaba, en parte yo misma me cree unas falsas expectativas pensando «!Es James Dashner! Seguro será asombroso» y qué va, no está ni por los pelos a la altura de The Maze Runner y por TMR me refiero al primer libro, no a la trilogía como tal.

El libro no me convenció del todo en ningún momento. Como primera instancia los capítulos aparte de ser cortos, estaban divididos como en ocho
Sara Grochowski
I wasn't sure what to expect from James Dashner's The Eye of Minds. After all, I liked The Maze Runner well enough after listening to it on audio, but I was hazy on the details and never felt especially compelled to read the next two books in the trilogy. Now, after getting sucked into and genuinely enjoying this first book in The Morality Doctrine, I'm wondering if his first trilogy doesn't deserve another try.

The Eye of Minds is set primarily in a virtual world called VirtNet, a world much pre
Sherry Torgent
Oct 13, 2013 Sherry Torgent rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Eye of Minds is a techno-thriller. Think Tron or Matrix. Life inside a computer.

The story is based on three teens who spend their free time in a coffin like structure where they're hooked up to tiny wires that allow them to enter into a virtual gaming world called VirtNet. In the VirtNet you feel everything like its real life, including pain. The main characters are teenagers -- Michael, Bryson, and Sarah. They've never meet in real life, but spend all their time together in the Virtnet. They ar
Sep 19, 2014 Meli rated it really liked it

WTF! Dashner! Ese final por Dios!
No se lleva las cinco estrellas porque la primera mitad tuvo sus altibajos, pero a este tipo le encanta jugar con la mente del lector (y con su cordura, agreguemos), creó un universo muy rico y una historia brillante.
Hacía mucho que no me torturaban tanto.
Apr 29, 2016 Reymigius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mengingat ini bukan novel debutnya, aku banyak berharap akan membaca sesuatu yang lebih baik dibanding Maze Runner. Nyatanya? Sama saja. Separuh awal novel ini terasa membosankan, padahal penulis sudah mengemas plotnya dengan pace yang cukup cepat. Hal ini bisa terjadi karena alasan keterlibatan para tokoh utama pada konflik cerita dirasa lemah dan terlalu 'kebetulan'.

Keunggulan novel ini adalah Dashner berhasil menulis tiap adegan laga-nya dengan seru. Dia juga berhasil menjelaskan detail dunia
I wasn't impressed. It was like a worse replica of Ready Player One. 2 stars.
Feb 22, 2016 Debora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2016
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