The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine Series #1)

The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine Series #1)

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by James Dashner

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The world is virtual, but the danger is real in the next series from MAZE RUNNER author James Dashner.
    The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when it’s so easy to break them? But some rules were made for a reason. Some…  See more details below


The world is virtual, but the danger is real in the next series from MAZE RUNNER author James Dashner.
    The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when it’s so easy to break them? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results.
     The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid, to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and it’s possible that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.
   The author who brought you the #1 New York Times bestselling MAZE RUNNER series and two #1 movies—The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials—now brings you The Eye of Minds, the first book in THE MORTALITY DOCTRINE series, an edge-of-your-seat adventure that takes you into a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.
“Dashner takes full advantage of the Matrix-esque potential for asking ‘what is real.’” —
“Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.” —
“A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.” —Christian Science Monitor

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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.)

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Mortality Doctrine Series , #1
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Random House
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790L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


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The Eye of Minds 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 128 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read Highly recomended to anyone reading this review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really cannot tell what all the criticism is about this book. Sure, it isn't The Maze Runner, but who cares? It's great! One of Dashner's best so far. Now I can't wait for The Rule of Thoughts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from James Dasher can't wait for the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample only to see if i wanted this book after just reading The Hunger Games trilagy ( lovelovelove them books ) and in the middle of reading the first of the Divergent books i wanted something to read after that that is future or science fiction based. And this seems like just the thing. But it is up agenst The Maze Runner and The Giver for witch book i should read next. So to sum it all up should i get this book or not? It seems realy cool and action packed, the way books should be. I NEED ADVICE PLEASE P.S i know i spell things wrong but im only twelve and not the best at stinkin' grammer. Ok people. Deal with it. Trinity - peace out dudes. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great twist at the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye of the Minds was an amazing book to start off the series. James Dashner didn't disappoint when he wrote this one. This was an other great book from James Dashner. This book has a nice relatable element to modern times. Kids now a-days are more attached to their technology than with human interaction. This is a nice way to draw readers in. Also their was a good element of suspense and kept me entertained while I was reading. The book just kept me wanting more. These ideas with the book involving technology were great. It really connected to the reason I was doing this project. I had a project for computer science class to read a book related to technology. This was a prefect book for that. Also I plan to read the entire series of books. All and all it was a great read and I would highly recommend this book.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! You gotta read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BLEW MY MiND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great young adult read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! As much as the Maze Runner series. James Dashner, you are truly amazing. I wish I could meet you in person. I admire you so much, and because of you; I wouldn't read much. Your writing has inspired me to become a writer myself. I think you are great. Although I do wish the VirtNet was real. That would be splendid. Love your favorite fan, Loki Judahia Katomic ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, holy cow! I so wish the virtnet was real! I want a place where i can hang out and do stuff with my friends. Top of the line book. Almost as good as themaze runner.
Anonymous 13 hours ago
Answer the question that is asked just as you would in real life. After you answer the question the story will continue. This game uses 1st person mode. I will only allow 3 people to play. You can do a co-op play but then there will only be 2 slots open. If you have any questions or if you wanna play reply to Nicole. Another note: You get to choose what danger lies ahead. Good luck to all the players!!
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Anonymous 15 days ago
Do you like games
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Anonymous 3 months ago
The beginning of the book is ok not that much action, but once u get to the middle and towards the end, it makes want to never stop reading. I am in love with the series. The second book is even better than the first book. Read it in 2 days because i didn't want to stop reading it. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out on November 17th.