The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine Series #1)

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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

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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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“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

A YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375990014
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Mortality Doctrine Series, #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. 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!

    22 out of 25 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.

    13 out of 14 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.

    10 out of 13 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.

    9 out of 11 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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Weird

    I really regret reading this book.

    6 out of 16 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?

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Hi

    I am the third

    4 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Im t First

    Im the first

    4 out of 66 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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Amazing plot twist

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2015

    Great start to a new series!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    I Also Recommend:

    Eye of the Minds was an amazing book to start off the series. Ja

    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.    

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    HELP i need advice please

    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. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Epic book

    One of the best books I have ever read! You gotta read this

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    I wrote a thoughtful long review

    But i accidentally hit back instead of symbols

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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+

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Sad ending

    The ending was sad and surprising

    1 out of 4 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. ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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