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The Eye of Minds: Mortality Doctrine, Book One | [James Dashner]

The Eye of Minds: Mortality Doctrine, Book One

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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.

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.

©2013 James Dashner (P)2013 Listening Library

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    Stephen 05-09-14
    Stephen 05-09-14
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    "Another great story by Dashner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend but it wouldn't be my first recommendation. I read another review on here to skip this book and try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I did exactly that and Ready Player One was fantastic if you have about 16 hours to spare in your life. I enjoyed it so much I needed another fix for the virtual reality world and came back to this book. This book was a similar topic but is much shorter(8 1/2 hrs) and almost as good. Considering this audiobook came from the author of the Maze Runner series, I was sure it would be good and I was not disappointed until the book was over and there isn't a sequel. Throughout the story, the elements are always changing as the main character(s) travel through completely different "worlds" in the video game with suspense and surprises all the way through the book. If you can get wrapped up in a video game you'll love how this book is set in the virtual reality world where anything can happen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Marysville, WA 10-15-13
    Aaron Marysville, WA 10-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Christ-follower, father, geek, gamer, sports enthusiast, reader, grammar police.

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    "The Maze Runner + Ready Player One + TRON"
    What would have made The Eye of Minds better?

    Something, anything unique. So much repetition of ideas that have been done better. Even Dashner's own Maze Runner ideas were repeated at points here and with worse results. It was exciting and intense, a Dashner staple, but not interesting.


    What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?

    Lack of unique world-building and character development.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Horrible at voicing female characters. Most characters were lifeless. Just felt very boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The action and intensity in the pacing keeps you going even when you aren't that interested in the story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Meridian, MS, United States 11-06-13
    Joseph Meridian, MS, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Story"
    Where does The Eye of Minds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I usually listen to the classics, so this was a little different for me. However, the story was intersting and compelling. Certinly worth listening to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of Minds?

    Then ending... I was not expecting it!


    What three words best describe Erik Davies’s voice?

    I'm not sure about three words, but overall he is certainly not the best. He is not very good at doing female voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book will take you all ove the place, but that's a good thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a great book and worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 04-05-15
    Jeremy 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unpredictable"

    I couldn't see the end until it was given. I can't wait until I start the next book. Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 10-18-13
    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Eye of Minds?

    I found the story to be dry and juvenile. The narrator's voice I didn't like. Maybe I'm spoiled on Brent Weeks & Jim Butcher.


    Has The Eye of Minds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Luke Daniels reading it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keesha Doss Norman, OK USA 07-04-15
    Keesha Doss Norman, OK USA 07-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Did not disappoint"

    As always, I love the writing method of this author. I will continue reading all of his books because he never disappoints. Can't end the chapter without beginning the next and in a book with a twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzy Q 06-07-15
    Suzy Q 06-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story with good plot twist"

    I really enjoyed this story. While this is not the best of the litRPG genre it is a great tale and a good ride.

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    jorge 05-26-15
    jorge 05-26-15
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    I liked it it was easy to listen to. also it was a good story.

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    sherry poshusta Calmar, Ia, US 04-26-15
    sherry poshusta Calmar, Ia, US 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This was an amazing mind twisting book!"

    It was amazing! I recommend if you like The Hunger Game!! The narrator was great with all of his voice impressions!

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    JoeReadsBooks Ireland 03-23-15
    JoeReadsBooks Ireland 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gamers Will Love!"
    Would you listen to The Eye of Minds again? Why?

    I love this book so much, listening it again would possibly help remember what's going on before heading into book 2


    What other book might you compare The Eye of Minds to and why?

    Just from what I have heard as I haven't read or listened to Ready Player One but they're both set in virtual worlds and based around gaming!


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How he plays the roles of each character making them come alive


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a point in the book near the end, where we see some bravery from one of the characters which doesn't end up to good - which shows a great amount of friendship


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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