Book Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Set in a world of remarkably advanced technology, gaming, and cyberterrorists, Michael and his friends are addicted to the VirtNet. The VirtNet offers complete mind and body immersion into a virtual world full of anything and everything they could imagine, and the more hacking skills the better. One gamer takes it too far, holding other players hostage inside the VirtNet, resulting in brain-dead bodies in the real world. The government decides to use Michael and his expert hacking skills to try to uncover the secrets and motives of the infamous cyber terrorist. Future lives depend on him, but he has to decide whether or not to risk his own life in the process. 

The very first chapter of The Eye of Minds will ensnare you in a must-keep-reading-or-I-might-explode state of mind. I loved that the main characters were realistically conflicted about risking their own lives for he lives of others. Too often, there are unrealistic do-anything-to-save-anyone type of heroes in books. The only thing I would change about The Eye of Minds, would be a more time spent on developing the main characters and their backgrounds, allowing for an even deeper emotional attachment to them. This book is a great and easy read, and perfect for fans of the Ender's Game and Insignia books. 



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