Sunday, 7 December 2014

Book Review: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner


Goodreads Discription:

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an edge-of-your seat adventure. 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.

To catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make your wildest fantasies become real. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Who wants to play by the rules anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. One gamer has been taking people hostage inside the VirtNet with horrific consequences.

The government needs Michael, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever...

Title: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Sci-fi, YA, action, triller, suspense,
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Source: Purchased from Scholastic Warehouse

James Dashner has done it again!!! The Eye of Mind was mind blowing epic!! Breezed trough this in less than a day and my brain is fried after reading this!

Set in the future where there is this virtual reality game called VirtNet we follow Michael and his gaming friends Brydon and Sarah recruited to hunt down a hacker and cyber terrorist named Kaine. 

A way to describe the book is if Harry, Ron and Hermione are skilled hackers and gamer and had to face obstacles to take down Kaine in a virtual reality Sims.
I liked the concept and enjoy the pacing of the story though there were times where I got a bit lost as the scenarios was confusing. I also love the world building of the virtual reality video game.

James Dashner has a way of writing fast pace, nail biting action sequence that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In fact I like how the book at the start instantly throw you off the cliff into the action.

Because you are throwned straight into the game its confusing at times and like in The Maze Runner it has its own slang and world that takes a while to figure out but you eventually get used to it. Also the 'vicious monsters' trough the books was hard to picture but that I assume is left for the readers to use their imagination. 

I liked Michael from the start. Though we don't get much character development we get to know his Smart, sarcastic, cocky and brave personality. I also liked his friends Sarah and Brydon and love their friendship though once again not much character development so I am hoping to know more about them in the next book. Its cool how they have never meet in real life but trough the VirtNet game. Its a great example of how  now a day people can make friends trough online community and networks.

The ending of the book threw me off! 360 degrees!! I love the plot twist trough out the book especially the ending! It left off as a cliffhanger but in a way where its not too provoking yet leaving  you wanting to read the next book to continue Michael's adventure.

Overall a great start to The Mortality Doctrine series! I am definitely getting my hands on the next book in the series!

Check this book out if you like James Dashner's books especially the face pace action in The Scorch Trials and the plot of The Death Cure along with futuristic science fiction and the concept of virtual reality gaming. Its very different from the maze runner yet has a familiar feel.

A great adventure book that is thought provoking, thrilling with fast pace action and awesome friendship !


  1. So glad to hear you enjoyed this book Rou Min, I agree the action was really intense and I just loved the trio's friendship! Great review!

    1. Thanks!!! just got the second book so I am gonna continue on with this epic adventure! :D