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
Christ-follower, father, geek, gamer, sports enthusiast, reader, grammar police.
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.
Lack of unique world-building and character development.
Horrible at voicing female characters. Most characters were lifeless. Just felt very boring.
The action and intensity in the pacing keeps you going even when you aren't that interested in the story.
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.
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.
Then ending... I was not expecting it!
I'm not sure about three words, but overall he is certainly not the best. He is not very good at doing female voices.
This book will take you all ove the place, but that's a good thing.
I think this is a great book and worth the listen.
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.
Luke Daniels reading it.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
I listened to this book since my 13 year old granddaughter (who is a prolific reader) was reading it and I like to read a few of the books she reads for discussion purposes.
1. It is NOT filled with profanity like so many other books in the space for young adults
2. There are a few scenes of cussing but nothing most teens haven't heard once or twice
3. The story is in an ultra cyber environment - or as I would consider the ultimate gamer's delight. It plays out similar to other stories with a theme like Avatar but from a teenager perspective attempting to find the cyber terrorist Cain.
There are times when the only reason I continued to listed was for my granddaughter but she encouraged me to finish to the end (which I did) and I am glad. The characters are not complex unless you consider the ending nor is the story line. The ending makes the book worthwhile getting me to think back on the context of the book and various scenes described and no doubt setting up book two.
The narrator does an 'okay' job and maybe the book would seem more interesting if a different narrator. I am used to listening to narrators of novels that have the ability to build the characters through the narration.
I gave the book 4 stars overall due to the ending.
This is the first book I listened to by this author and narrator. It appears the author hit a 'home run' with Maze Runner by the reviews of others.
Interesting book; however, please do not expect "Ready Player One" as this will in no way compare to that experience. Book starts off fairly interesting with VR concept and has its moments. I got a little bored in the middle as it dragged with redundant action sequences - yet I was glad I hung in there. Not that the ending cannot be predicted, still was pleasantly surprised that it did and it brought nice resolution to this tale. 3.5 stars and worth a listen if you like the genre.
I don't own the print version. But the audio version was at perfect pace.
Both Michael and Sarah. They both have the sarcastic humor I can personally relate to. But all the characters were good in their own ways.
The ending when Michael realized he was a tangent all along. The plot twist I'd expect from someone like James Dashner.
I read the book over a period of 2 weeks. But it was interesting enough for me to contemplate stopping each night I listened to it.
Great book. If your a fan of any works by James Dashner, you'll love this book! The plot was great, well played out and unique. It also allowed for a much more random series of events that didn't have to make sense, allowing for more creativity that you will never find in a normal book. There were a few moments that were a bit slow and more than a few that made me roll my eyes (such as the fact that everyone's screen name is just plain stupid) and there were a few parts of the story that felt a little too "quest like", something you would find in a children's book. But if you look past those minor details, you'll find this to be a very enjoyable read that you won't want to stop. I look forward to the second installment.
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