The Eye of Minds

Written by: James Dashner

Published by: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780375990014

Genre: Science Fiction

Awards: 2014 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominee, 2014 IRA Young Adults' Choices

Review

In MIcheal's world, virtual gaming is nearly as important as breathing. No matter what age, race, or gender, you can bet that any person in this world spends hours in the VirtNet. The VirtNet is what gamers call the place where they gather to decide which game they will be playing in their virtual world. Anything you do in the VirtNet, you can feel in real life, the only thing keeping you from dying is your core. Michael and his group of friends are hackers that are being sent on a mission by the government to stop a nefarious hacker with evil plans.


In my opinion, this book gave great balance of action, plot development, and even a sense of mystery. I personally loved the way it started, instead of giving tons of information it jumped you right into the book. Although I was a bit confused for a chapter or two, it was worth it to avoid that big dump of info that many books have. The plot itself was very interesting to me, with twists at every turn. Nearly all of the main characters were very rounded and seemed to mature throughout the book, in more ways than one. The main character, Michael, seemed a bit plain in the beginning of the book, but by the end was found to be a lot more complex than I previously thought. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but only because this book is only the first in a series.

Additional Reviews

Further Expolorations

  • In The Eye of Minds video games are almost like reality, will technology ever come that far?
  • There's new video game technology called the Oculus Rift that seems very similar to the technology in The Eye of Minds.
  • Video games may not be as great as we think, are they having an impact on children?
  • Hopefully technology will advance even further in the future, someday we'll outdate today's science fiction novels!
  • Hacking can be a federal offense, but is it being used for good as well?

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