Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/YA Science Fiction
This is the first book in James Dashner’s newest series, The Mortality Doctrine (for those of you who don’t know, he is the author of the Maze Runner series, the review for wich can be found here). The Eye of Minds is set in a futuristic world where people can spend all day in their Coffin, a device that links them into a virtual world (the VirtNet). The more advanced Coffins make things in the virtual world feel like things in the real word. For instance, if you are inside the virtual word and decide to go play into a deadly game with your friends, a game involving making it up to the tip of a volcano per say, and you fall into the lava, your virtual body will burn and you will feel the pain like your real body, but when you die you just respawn after 30 seconds of “death” and the pain goes away.
In the Virtnet, Lifeblood Deep is the game Michael, Bryson, and Sarah enjoy playing the most, because it is a virtual copy of the real world. People have shops and clubs and coffee bars, treating their life on the VirtNet as a separate-but-real life. One of Michael’s quewts is to stop someone from jumping off the Golden gate Bridge in Lifeblood Deep. Michael finds someone to save, only to find that her Core was ripped out by a mysterious entity named Kaine. Having one’s Core removed basically removes the link between the VirtNet and real life, meaning that if they die in the game, they die in real life. When Michael cannot save the girl, he and his friends must set out to find and stop Kaine at the request of a VNS (VirtNet System) agent. Michael must find The Path in order to find Kaine, a virtual road accessed through a bloody game. Once on the path, dying means no return (as in they cannot respawn back into The Path,) but once Michael reaches the endpoint, death is a real virtual reality.
I really liked the twist at the end of the book; I wasn’t really expecting it, but it was somewhat predictable. I actually find this book less interesting than The Maze Runner, but that’s probably because it doesn’t feel as fresh and new because there are a lot of books, movies, and animes with a similar storyline with a virtual world and people dying in real life if they die in the game (.hack//, SwordArt Online.) On another note, this book was very easy to read and progress through the story. The twist at the end does, in fact, make me want to keep reading the series; A Rule Of Thoughts review can be found here, and The Game of Lives review can be found here.
I would say YES you should read this book if you are into the internet world (or if you are a Dashner fan), but this book has a lot of technical terms and internet gaming references that might be hard to access for someone who isn’t very tech savvy. The world was hard to picture at first, but once I got farther in, it became more and more clear, but it is still a world that is hard for me to access and has a lot of potential for the later novels.
Also, I found this (official from the publisher) book trailer for The Eye of Minds which really gives an idea of how the world works and revolves around the first section of the first chapter of the novel: