The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ember,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385741408
Branch Call Number: Y DAS
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm

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Orange1Monkey
Nov 25, 2020

I liked the setting of this story in the future and how the author shows how addicting this new technology is in their world. I also liked that the author showed each of the friends’ weaknesses and how they worked together so well. The shocking twist at the end was also exciting and it was completely unexpected when I read the book for the first time.

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labraden
Sep 28, 2020

Eye of Minds reminded me of The Matrix and Avatar. In this futuristic story, people spend a lot of time in the VertNet, which is a virtual reality internet where people get into a "coffin" in order to experience realistic game play. It seems as though everyday lives are lived only to earn money to buy game time. The main character, Michael's only friends are Sarah and Bryson, who he has only met through game play but not in real life. Everything in Michael's life changes when he is contacted by the VNS - a kind of VerNet police force - to help them track down a programmer named Kaine who has become a security risk. Reluctantly, Michael agrees and with the help of his two friends goes on a harrowing VertNet quest to lead the VNS to Kaine. The huge twist at the end of the book almost made it worth the read. James Dashner is obviously an excellent science fiction writer, but for me, stories succeed or fail based on character development, and in this one there is almost none. I didn't really enjoy reading this book, so it is unlikely that I will read the sequel, The Rule of Thoughts.

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red_butterfly_4693
Sep 08, 2020

This was a really cool book. But like all of James Dashner's books you shouldn't read if you are easily frightened as some scenes can get pretty intense. But all in all I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one!!

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blue_cat_8072
May 21, 2020

I just wanted to say this was an awesome book! I truly recommend it! This is a book for people who like to be on the edge of their seats when reading and be intrigued the whole way through. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars all the way!!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 16, 2020

The Eye of Minds is another one of James Dashner's must-read books for teens. The book is set in a future time where people live 2 lives, one in the real world, and one in a virtual one. I find that idea very interesting because it always poses the question “where do I think technology can go?” While reading, you begin to develop a relationship with the characters almost like they are your own friends. The plot a little all over the place, so it requires your full attention to really grasp what is happening. Some parts of this book are unrealistic, but if you can see past that you’ll enjoy this book. James Dashner is known for his big plot twists, and boy is there a big plot twist in this book! The Eye of Minds is a must-read for any young teens. 4/5
@UniquePerspective of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Gwen904
Jul 27, 2018

The one thing that brought my rating down was the poor writing quality, which drew a sharp comparison to the well written Maze Runner series. I really didn't understand why this book had to be so clunky. The plot was really intense and really good, so I upped my rating for that. I thought it was going to be super predictable—Kaine was secretly Gunner Skale or something like that. But Dashner quickly twisted the story in different ways than I ever could have imagined and made me practically clap my hands with joy. 'The Eye of Minds' was a really thrilling virtual world story, and I enjoyed it a lot.

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cassiaditto
Apr 08, 2017

James Dashner has never ceased to amaze me. This book (and series) is so good! I do have to point out it is a little complex and I think that is why a few people find it boring, but personally, I love it. It's a very intelligent series, it's fast paced, thrilling, and kept me reading. These are some of my all time favorite books and I'm rereading them again!

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kianlaroche
Feb 08, 2017

This was one of my favourite books. I read the first few pages and imdediatly fell in love. This is a must read. :P

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susan_findlay
Jan 10, 2017

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The subject matter is interesting, and there was enough tension to keep the pages turning. But it made no real lasting impression. It's missing *something*.

That said, the ending was excellent and is the only reason I'm rating it as high as 3.5 stars.

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Turtwigpo
Sep 16, 2016

BORING!!!!!!

I was pretty excited about reading this book, after reading the awesome maze runner series. But I started this book, and I was instantly bored to death. It was a little exciting, i thought the idea of a virtual world would add a cool twist, but the virtual world i just like the real one. I put the whole series on hold, only to realize I couldn't even finish plowing through the first book. Bored me to death, don't read.

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Orange1Monkey
Nov 25, 2020

Michael lives in a futuristic world that spends almost all their time on the VirtNet, a full body virtual reality network where users can enter new worlds and create almost anything they want online, along with meeting new people. However, one of the gamers has been breaking all the rules, and has caused the death of many other users. Michael is stunned when he and two of his friends are blackmailed by the government to help track down this hacker once and for all! Can Michael and his friends distinguish between what is virtual and what is real on their journey, or will this be one situation he can’t hack his way out of?

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brbimreading
Jul 07, 2016

In a world where video games are as real as it gets, a man called Kaine has gone rogue. Michael and his friends are experienced hackers, and have no choice but to risk their lives in order to stop Kaine. Who is he? What is he? and What does he want?

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Eghose
Aug 09, 2015

Micheal finds out he is a tangent

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Dove_Wing
Jul 29, 2020

"You're at a crossroads, Michael. You've reached the point of no return." - pg 262

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