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...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Linda Slightly. It's about a game alright.

Two things:
1. Read The Maze Runner first, if you (or whoever) are considering this book. If you can stand that…more
Slightly. It's about a game alright.

Two things:
1. Read The Maze Runner first, if you (or whoever) are considering this book. If you can stand that book, go ahead. Otherwise, trash it. It's largely made of similar crap.

2. I'm not hugely into Sword Art Online, but I think The Eye of Minds can be simplified down to a crappier, more juvenile version of that.(less)
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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...more
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.
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
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 ended

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...more
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...more
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...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
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...more
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...more
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
Will M.

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...more
Random House of Canada
A fast-paced book that reminded me of Ready Player One for a young adult audience.

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...more
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...more
3.5/5 stars

Short story: The Eye of Minds is my first James Dashner book and I must say that it was a pleasant read. This book in particular is an adventure novel. I honestly felt that I was part of the trio's team in trying to find Kaine, a rogue hacker that is taking players hostage on the virtual net and causing chaos. The VNS, Virtual Net Security, force..err.. ask Michael and his two friends to find that hacker, and off they go. This book is fairly short, at 300 pages, and it was fun to read...more
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...more
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.
Michael Schmid
Ich kann gar nicht sagen, wie ich mich auf dieses Buch gefreut habe und zum Glück wurde ich keineswegs enttäuscht. Klar, man merkt sofort, dass es James Dashner geschrieben hat und dadurch auch Parallelen zu Maze Runner auftauchen, aber es trotzdem völlig eigenständig bleibt und auch neu ist und ja, einfach sau geil und das Ende wieder ... meine Fresse, Kinders, dieses Ende ... ich fass es nicht .... wo ist der beschissene zweite Teil !!! :O
Soma Al-Dossary
The next line you're about to read is very important:
This whole book doesn't deserve more than 2 stars, but a half star is for the last chapter alone. For the unexpected twist. Meaning: It's not really worth reading.

What can I say.. I'm very disappointed. From the 5-star-amazing-book The Maze Runner, to this.. a scattered, not fun to read, not well explained book. The more I continued reading the more I wished the book had an "Enable Editing" button so that I can erase the sentences that just d...more
"The Eye of Minds" is about a technology advanced future where video games can be played via a body pod, that transfers the player's consciousness to a virtual reality. Since it's so realistic, video games are an addictive part of society so, of course, our main character — Michael — is an addictive gamer. Not only is he addicted, but he has amazing hacking skills which is not all that uncommon in these games.

With hackers about, there is one particular hacker who is destroying this virtual reali...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The Eye of Minds takes all the elements of an epic fantasy with a unique world, crazy creatures and whirlwind events and changes it up – by setting it in a virtual reality world. Here we experience James Dashner’s epic imagination with horrific events, fantastical happenings, scary monsters and more.

Michael and his gamer friends Bryson and Sarah meet regularly in the virtual world called the Virtnet, where they assume virtua...more
Sherry Torgent
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...more
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
There was something distinctly Maze Runner-esque about this book. There were some striking similarities. Dashner has an obvious affinity for unexplained far from norm creatures and mind bending conspiracy theories.

This book was just as thrilling as the Maze Runner with a strong teenaged male character and a hint at romance between the M.C. and a close friend. Dashner does not really toy with romance but he always kind of hints at it so don't worry about spoilers. I'm not really telling you anyth...more
Parallel Worlds
Delacorte Press, Oct 8th, 2013
Intended Audience: YA
Sexual content: None
Ace/Genderqueer characters: ?
Rating: PG-13 for violence and psychologically disturbing scenarios
Writing style: 2/5
Likable characters: 2/5
Plot/Concepts: 4/5

Michael and his friends spend a lot of time on the VirtNet—or in the Sleep, as most gamers call it. But their playground is being threatened by a man named Kaine, who somehow has the ability to trap players in the Sleep, eventually causing brain death in real life. Michael,...more
Princess Gardener
When I first read the teaser for this book I was really excited. It sounded like an amazing book. After 30 or so pages in, I was ready to take it back. It seemed way to predictable, like I'd read it all before. But I kept reading, and wow am I glad I did. This book turned out AMAZING. I've read the idea before, a virtual world so real you can't even tell the difference between fake and real. But this book took it to a whole new level. Michael's mission, which seems rather predictable at first, s...more
Jeff Raymond

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...more
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!
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I'll start by saying that I've never read James Dashner before this, but I know his name is well known in the world of Young Adult science fiction with his books in the Maze Runner series. Why I chose to tackle this book instead of starting with The Maze Runner is simple: I was initially drawn to the gamer culture aspect in the description, and it sounded enough like Ernest Cline's Ready Player One (which I loved) to make...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
Being in James Dashner's mind must be seriously disturbing. Eye of Minds is a fast paced, gritty, dystopian unlike anything I've seen before. As anyone who has read The Maze Runner trilogy knows, Dashner creates brutal worlds with haunting trials and disturbing twitsts and turns. Eye of Minds exceeds The Maze Runner world in all of its horrific glory in my opinion. The entire story forces questions on our reliance on technology, the dangers of virtual reality, cyberterrorism and what that might...more
“This one has similar elements to his Maze Runner series (a great series), no existent parents, teens who are smarter than the adults and a world that is on the brink of death, and a computer based world. Where it changes is that this one takes place in a virtual world, mostly. It's perfect for the gammer who breaks away long enough to read. I loved it, the mystery and the content twists and me guessing wrong all through the book.
I thought I knew the answer.I thought I saw the pattern in the ga...more
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“Your demons are always with you," Skale answered. His voice seemed even raspier than the day before. "Don't you understand that by now? Always with you, impossible to escape. But you never can guess how they might manifest themselves.” 9 likes
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