Title: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Published: October 8th 2013
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.
This book is a quick read for me. It's engaging and the I love the idea of going into a MMORPG and having to face an enemy that could leave you dying in the real world. I've read a few books and seen a few shows with similar concept but James Dashner takes it and make it refreshing and fun at the same time. Michael is a bit of a trouble maker in the virtual world and with his friends Bryson and Sarah, they are a bunch of misfits. Each characters is relateable and their strong points shines throughout the book.
As for world building, the VirNet is advance and the idea of coding was intriguing. I love the different type of game worlds that exist in the book. I think it'd be cool if there was more backstory of the game existence in the later books. Kaine was an interesting bad guy. Very is little is known about him. It is fun to see the kids trying to find Kaine. There was a lot of twist at the end that makes me want to read the next book. The Eye of Minds is definitely worth a read.