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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, Book One)

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From James Dashner, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which includes The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials—both #1 movies worldwide—comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first novel in the Mortality Doctrine 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.
Praise for The Eye of Minds, Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series
“More realistic and addictive than any video game—The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
A gripping page-turner, Dashner’s latest is sure to please.”—BookPage
“Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages.”—
An adrenaline rush.”—School Library Journal

“In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book.”—Booklist

High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."-VOYA

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 26, 2013 – This first book in the Mortality Doctrine series from Maze Runner author Dashner offers an irresistible premise: three teens must track down a dangerous rogue player in a popular virtual game. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah live for their hours in the VirtNet, where they seek out the wildest adventures possible without any risk to their physical selves. Then Michael encounters a player so haunted by a gamer named Kaine that she disables her safety device in order to kill herself. Michael is drafted by VirtNet Security to root out Kaine, and a violent quest ensues. Though the plot makes this an easy sell, some clunky writing and weak characterizations diminish the story (Michael notices the VNS agent’s “long pretty legs” and remarks, “It was clear that she was manipulative, that she used her beauty to melt men’s hearts”). The protagonists are fairly interchangeable, though when Michael explains what the VNS wants, it’s Sarah who wonders, “Why would they ask three teenagers to solve their problems?” A smart question that presumably will be answered in the next installment. Ages 12–up.

Customer Reviews


Amazing book, please hurry writing the next book in the series. I loved the Maze Runner Series and love all your books.
PS: You're an amazing author!!!

Blew my mind.

So good. So good. The ending is insane. Can't wait for the next installment.


Left me speechless much like the Maze Runner series did!! You have another winner!

The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, Book One)
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  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Oct 08, 2013
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
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