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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.)

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
This first book in the Mortality Doctrine series from Maze Runner author Dashner offers an irresistible premise: three teens must track down a dangerous rogue player in a popular virtual game. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah live for their hours in the VirtNet, where they seek out the wildest adventures possible without any risk to their physical selves. Then Michael encounters a player so haunted by a gamer named Kaine that she disables her safety device in order to kill herself. Michael is drafted by VirtNet Security to root out Kaine, and a violent quest ensues. Though the plot makes this an easy sell, some clunky writing and weak characterizations diminish the story (Michael notices the VNS agent’s “long pretty legs” and remarks, “It was clear that she was manipulative, that she used her beauty to melt men’s hearts”). The protagonists are fairly interchangeable, though when Michael explains what the VNS wants, it’s Sarah who wonders, “Why would they ask three teenagers to solve their problems?” A smart question that presumably will be answered in the next installment. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Oct.)
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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

VOYA - Jayme Horne
The plot and scenario of this novel are completely far-fetched, but enjoyable. From the beginning, Dashner hooks the reader right into the plot. He gives readers characters with whom to relate, along with a few realistic situations. Though the novel is reminiscent of SyFy's mini-series Caprica, anyone who enjoys an old fashion group of heroes fighting an all powerful villain in a futuristic, virtual world will enjoy this novel. It is like Harry Potter (just replace magic wands with hacking skills) meets Caprica. Reviewer: Jayme Horne, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Michael lives to connect to the virtual world that everyone lives in, the VirtNet. He spends countless hours with his friends, Bryson and Sarah, in the Sleep, completing missions, hacking code, and amassing experience points. An encounter with a girl named Tanya, who removes her Core (the program that prevents her from dying in real life if she dies in the Sleep) and who then commits suicide to escape from an evil gamer named Kaine, throws everything off. Kaine has taken over the VirtNet and is sending Killsims against other gamers, destroying their characters in the VirtNet but also causing psychosis in the Wake. When approached by VirtNet authorities to chase down Kaine, Michael and his friends at first think of it as another game. But it quickly turns deadly. Kaine is rumored to be unleashing the Mortality Doctrine, and they must find his hideout on the Hallowed Ravine before Kaine's evil plan comes to fruition. Can the three teens prevent both a virtual and a real catastrophe before it is too late? Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems. In this first book of a trilogy, the main characters are fleshed out and have complex motivations for completing this mission. Reminiscent of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One (Crown, 2011), the boundaries between virtuality and reality become blurred as Michael wanders off into dark corners where no humans have tread before. Fans of Dashner will enjoy this new world but will have to wait for the second installment. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Digital nightmares lurk in this Sleep. Now that the Internet is a completely immersive experience, gamers like Michael find themselves drawn to the real-life simulators that make daily living seem so much more real than outside the Sleep. But when a young woman disables the safety measures and kills herself in front of him, Michael is forced to help VirtNet Security hunt down Kaine, a dangerous gamer who is wreaking havoc in the digital world and is targeting the physical one as well. Michael heads off into the Sleep with two virtual friends and quickly finds that the safety he had previously found there no longer exists. Dashner's matryoshka vision of digital worlds is oddly limited by realism--despite the impressive tech setups and the nod to the infinite creative possibilities of virtual reality, both Michael's home life and real-world simulator lack presence. That absence carries over to Michael and his friends as well. They have few defining features or preferences, seemingly nothing but an immersion in a virtual world and some skills at coding. Secondary characters are much more defined through names, vivid descriptions, actual personality traits and more. While the pacing is mostly solid, Dashner goes overboard in the setup for the plot twist, revealing it too soon and making the last 50 pages a bit of a slog. High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385741392
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Mortality Doctrine Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 6,177
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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!

    14 out of 15 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.

    9 out of 9 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 9 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.

    4 out of 5 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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  • 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

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    Posted January 5, 2013

    Im t First

    Im the first

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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.

    1 out of 1 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 April 11, 2014

    Want to know the truth

    The Eye of Minds is one of the best books I've ever read. Anyone of any age can enjoy this damned book. Really it's the best!!! It has so many twisted events and it just makes your heart skip a beat. The book is about a boy named Michael, who thinks he knows who he is, but is really someone else. I really love the setting of the boo, which is in a game-like world. Really I think Dashner has outdone himself by writing this book. Please get this book you wont regret buying it, though i bought as a hardcovered book. Still you have to read it!!! You'll be dying to have the next book just like me. I promise. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Awesome

    Love this book so much! Can't wait until the next one!! :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Weird

    I really regret reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    To: Kat

    This book is worth it and i havent even finished it yet and nerd boy a few reviews a go is right it will make u stay up late but u wont be a dork or a geek and not a nerd he is over dramatic so buy it

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

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    Short story: The Eye of Minds is my first James Dashner book and

    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 about but I must say it got repetitive with quest after quest and spending the whole book on that journey. I however really enjoyed the humor and friendship of the characters,Long story: Michael is a gamer; he spends most of his day either at school or in the virtual world. His one goal is to reach the Lifeblood Deep status, the highest status and exclusive game a gamer can reach. One day the government/VNS contact him and basically threaten him and his friends to either take up the challenge of finding Kaine, the terrorist hacker, or get all their online/virtual access revoked. Of course being teenagers, they take up the challenge and their journey begins. I personally really liked Michael, Bryson, and Sarah, their conversations and them just being teenagers. However I just couldn't really connect with them on a deeper level. As for the journey itself, it was interesting in the beginning, but over time I personally just wanted to reach the end of the journey and find out what's going on. I wished we had more to the plot than what was in it because it just felt like me playing a video game and just moving on from one mission to the other without any substance.. I'm not sure if I'm even making sense to you readers but that's how I felt. The ending though… wow.. that was completely unexpected and I seriously applaud Dashner for such a twist. It was original, twisted, shocking, and brilliant! That ending makes me wonder what will be happening next and what will happen to the awesome trio. I definitely recommend The Eye of Minds to fans of sci-fi/virtual world YA readers. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Good read but confusing

    A great book but the end makes little sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Must read better than maze runner WORTH It


    BLEW MY MiND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Awsome and cant wait for the 2nd book

    You made me like reading you made me read till 11:30 to12:00 at night soo now im more then a geek or a dork im a nerd i call it not even remotly dorky im soo a nerd :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    James Dashners THE BEST AUTHOR EVER

    This book will keep you on the edge of your seat for the hole entire time.this will make you an instant james dashner fan of you arent already.i highly consider maze runner series along with this book.....its amazing . . . JUST READ IT!!! You wont know what your missing,u will understand after you read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Should i buy?

    Hey i really love the maze runner seris ebut not sure if i should buy.... give me your opinion and make the subject say to kat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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