The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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   From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine 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 ...

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Overview

   From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine 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.

Praise for The Eye of Minds, Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series

“More realistic and addictive than any video game—The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
 
“A gripping page-turner, Dashner’s latest is sure to please.”—BookPage
 
“Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages.”—fanboynation.com
 
 “An adrenaline rush.” —School Library Journal

“In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book.” —Booklist

“High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."-VOYA

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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We've always been told that games are games, but in total immersion online world of the VirNet, anything is possible and everything is at stake. As an ardent and skillful gamer, Michael has spent more time on VirNet than he had first planned, all the while developing advanced skills as the government has been watching. Eventually, they draft him for a most dangerous mission: A malicious hacker has tapped into VirNet and is holding players hostage. Worse yet, he has been leaving his victims brain dead. The Powers-That-Be are asking young Michael to place himself in extreme danger as he attempts to outhack the hacker. (P.S. This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition contains the author's annotations.)

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Michael doesn't mind spending time in his NerveBox, aka "Coffin,"-it protects his physical body while he's in the VirtNet, a virtual world where he can meet friends, rack up Experience Points in games, and occasionally is killed. When that happens, he is Lifted to the Wake, where he emerges sore but otherwise physically unharmed. When Michael witnesses a true suicide on VirtNet, he is troubled by the fellow gamer's last words and her warnings about a man named Kaine. Days later, Michael is kidnapped by VirtNet Security agents, who make him an offer he can't refuse: track down the cyber-terrorist Kaine so the virtual world will again be safe. Michael enlists gamer/hacker friends Bryson and Sarah, and they set off through the dark underbelly of virtual spaces. The center portion of the book focuses largely on imaginative adventures in VirtNet. Readers familiar with online gaming will identify with the heroes as they query characters for information, look for Portals, and rewrite code to bring weapons over from other games. The final chapters find Michael alone in the level "the Deep," with the safety measures disabled. Like Dashner's action-packed "Maze Runner" series (Delacorte), this title is fast paced. Cory Doctorow's For the Win (Tor, 2010) is more realistic, and Ernest Cline's Ready Player One (Crown, 2011) is slightly more sophisticated, but this book delivers an adrenaline rush.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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“More realistic and addictive than any video game—The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
 
“A gripping page-turner, Dashner’s latest is sure to please.”—BookPage
 
“Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages.”—fanboynation.com
 
 “An adrenaline rush.” —School Library Journal

“In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book.” —Booklist

“High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."-VOYA

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375984631
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Mortality Doctrine Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 6,161
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Dashner
James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Minds (book one in the Mortality Doctrine series), the 13th Reality series, and two books in The Infinity Ring series: A Mutiny in Time and The Iron Empire. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, or find dashnerjames on Instagram.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Gripping and Awesome!!!

    From the moment I began reading The Maze Runner, I became an instant James Dashner fan! When I saw he was coming out with a new series, I preordered the book (over 8 months ago). The Eye of Minds does not disappoint! I could not put the book down. It had me on the edge of my seat dying to find out what happened next! One of the most thrilling adventure/survival stories I have ever read, my only regret is that I now have to endure a whole year of waiting for its sequel, The Rule of Thoughts, to come out. Quite honestly, the only book I have read that is still better than this is The Maze Runner! A must read for anyone who can read!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    That Which Makes Us Human: Having gotten acquainted with Mr. Da

    That Which Makes Us Human:

    Having gotten acquainted with Mr. Dashner's writing style throughout the Maze Runner saga, I feel confident in saying that this new foray into techno-fantasy is a solid effort and really on par with what seems to be the maturation of a gifted writer. Keeping in mind that the intended audience is young adults, I find the concepts explored to be very mature, such as the fears of a technological takeover, pros and cons of artificial intelligence, and even deeper still, the qualities that make us human.

    Is it our ability to make friends and form bonds? Is it honor, integrity, courage, morality, understanding right and wrong, and the ability to make decisions regarding our own actions and beliefs? Maybe it's the ability to love, to understand our own strengths and weaknesses, to feel pain and joy. If any of these are even remotely accurate descriptions of what it means to be human, then Mr. Dashner will cause many to rethink those ideals. That's the true success of this story and one that was certainly not lost on me.

    I enjoyed the story very much and will definitely be picking up the sequel.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    I read sample. AMAZING!

    At the back of Kill Order, another amazing creation, there is a sample of this book. TO DIE FOR! I mean. It is something to look foward to.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    A good read, but very disappointing.

    When I first started this book, I had high expectations and very excited to read it. I had read the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and was hoping for another great series like that from this author. Sufice it to say, it didn't even come close to meeting these expectations. While the story had a decent enough plot and the action was mildly entertaining, the story lacked character development and depth in every way, shape, and form. You barely knew anything about the main character, and pretty much nothing about the others. While for some people this may create a mysterious aspect to the book, I just found it to be completely unrelatable and unlikable. The world James Dashner creates seems only half-cocked, and I think some more detail in this area would have been an improvement. Also, more emotional and in-depth scenes between the characters would have allowed the readers to get to know them better, and would have given some contrast to the constant action. However, the best part of this book is the ending by far. Dashner leaves the reader blown away and hanging, and for this reason I will probably be reading the rest of the series. It also creates a lot of potential for the next book, and I now have hopes that the sequel will be an improvement from the first. I don't reccommend this book for readers that need a great hook right from the beginning, but for readers that are willing to stick it out to the end it's worth the read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    The twist at the end was AMAZING guys!!! <3

    The twist at the end was AMAZING guys!!! &lt;3

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Weird

    I really regret reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

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    It¿s not an overstatement to say that when The Maze Runner serie

    It’s not an overstatement to say that when The Maze Runner series arrived in our world, author James Dashner became a icon. That series showed an entirely new way of combining humanity with the digital realm, and proved that Dashner was one of the best writers this world has ever seen.




    Now, thankfully, Dashner has continued. This new book provides an exciting, enticing plotline that will have every reader jumping right back on the Dashner mind-train and wishing that it was already 2014 so they could see what happens next.




    In this book, we are standing by the side of Michael. Michael, like most teenagers, is far more into his computer than real life. His parents have been gone on an extended vacation and his nanny, Helga, takes care of him well. All Michael wants to do, however, is forget school, forget real life, head to his Coffin (the place where he lies down and gets ‘hooked’ up to the VirtNet), and play a game. In his Coffin he’s able to leave the boring Wake behind and head into the Sleep - a place that is completely realistic even though its all a virtual game.




    What Michael wants more than anything is to get enough credits to be able to enter Lifeblood Deep (which is THE game that everyone wants to take a peek at). However, an incident hurts his credits badly. A girl heads up to the Golden Gate Bridge, rips out her Core (which is in your brain and allows you to be protected in the Wake when you die in the Sleep), and jumps off. She dies in her real life too, of course, because the Core is gone. And she commits suicide because she can no longer deal with Kaine and how he is manipulating and killing people.




    Michael wakes up and soon finds himself a target of VNS, agents who tell him he and his two friends in the VirtNet must find Kaine - a cyber-terrorist - and find his hideout within the Sleep so the Agents can destroy him. Oh yeah...this will be an easy job.




    Michael has to accept the mission because of the consequences that will occur in his reality, and joins his two friends to stop Kaine from taking more innocent gamers’ lives. To get to him and learn more about something called The Mortality Doctrine, the friends must discover Kaine’s secret hiding place called The Hallowed Ravine. To do so these three friends go up against zombies, wolves with yellow eyes, snake ropes, tangents, Greenland savages - you name it.




    Let’s face it, Dashner has the right words and a truly incredible imagination. The story is rich in detail with humor, suspense, science-fiction, fantasy, romance - again...you name it! It’s no surprise that Dashner has created what will be another bestselling series that no one will ever forget.




    Quill says: Bring on the Dashner movies, Hollywood! Or, readers may just have to take you into the Sleep and teach you a lesson. Enjoy everybody! This is FANtastic!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Hi

    I am the third

    3 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    This book is amazing. Action packed and just overall really inte

    This book is amazing. Action packed and just overall really interesting. It grabs your attention within the first page. I loved the whole concept of the virtual reality in which kids basically live in. This book kept me reading and I finished it that day. I can't wait until the next one comes out! Plus I met the author and he is great. You really need to read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    I was very disappointed with this book. It sounds really great,

    I was very disappointed with this book. It sounds really great, but the actual plot was very slow, the characters were weak, and the overall feeling of it lacked suspense/thrill. I am hopeful for the next book, however, because the last couple chapters were more intriguing. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Im t First

    Im the first

    2 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Actually pretty good.

    This book is actually pretty good. It wasnt good as the Maze runner though. I was kinda sad there wasnt a sequel. It ends with a cliff hanger FIY?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Check it out great book

    Another great book from James Dasher can't wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    This is not a book I would recommend for anyone. I love, love, l

    This is not a book I would recommend for anyone. I love, love, love Dashner's writing, as I am about to start Maze Runner and read the 13th reality series. But this book was a major disappointment. 
    It seems as though Dashner picked up a 'How To' on writing middle grade adventure novels and then followed it to the word. I did not finish the book; I had to quit on page 100 because it was not worth my time, and I'm upset with myself for holding out that long. 
    The most upsetting thing about this book is that it had potential. It could have been really good. But the plot was far fetched, the characters were hackneyed, I didn't care about the main character ( although he was occasionally hilarious)  and the entire time I was reading I kept thinking 'Why?' which is something I should not be thinking ever while reading. 
    The villain was dubious at best, the world was decently defined but it just seemed overall, extremely pointless. The writing itself was dry and the way things were described was just not understandable. 
     I did not enjoy this book, but to each their own. It pains me to write this review, as I know Mr.Dashner is a wonderful writer but this book was a waste of time, money and paper. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    I wrote a thoughtful long review

    But i accidentally hit back instead of symbols

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Speechless, just speechless

    One of the best books I have ever read
    Highly recomended to anyone reading this review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Amazing plot twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    The eye if minds

    This book us personally my favorite by James Dashner. It is one of the best boojs I have ever read, and J stayed up all niht last night finushing it. If I were you, I would diwnliad this actiined packed suspensful thriller for young adults. Ages 12+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Maze Runner vs Mortality Doctrine Series...

    They are both fast paced action/adventure books with great plot twists and fantastical settings, and yet both are so different that they are almost incomparable. But you should definitely read both series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Sad ending

    The ending was sad and surprising

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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