The Eye of Minds – Book Review

29 July 2016

the eye of mindsTitle: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Year of Publication: 2013

Summary from Amazon:

   The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when it’s so easy to break them? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results.
     The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid, to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and it’s possible that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

C’s Review of The Eye of Minds

C, KIDoosh BloggerThe Eye of Minds is a story based on a futuristic gaming platform – the VirtNet.  The VirtNet allows you to play a video game – feeling like you are inside the video game!

Not everything is just fun and games however, as the VirtNet gives people the opportunity for people to take advantage of the fact that players can actually feel in the game.

When people start to go missing, and even dying, Michael is recruited for his hacking skills to find out the source of the missing people and to stop people from going missing.

I didn’t really enjoy the book as the terms started to feel overused and hackneyed/corny and some aspects of the story seemed to drag on for a while.

I must also mention that this book should only be read by middle school students and above as it can be a bit violent at times.

Even though I have criticized the book for its terms and story, I do think the concept of the VirtNet was quite creative and people who like gaming would probably enjoy this book.

Unfortunately, If I had to sum up of what I thought of the book in one word, it would be mediocre.

 Do you recommend the book? Yes/No


Why do you recommend (or not recommend) the book? Who should read the book?

I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone I came across, but I would recommend it to certain people such and ‘gamers’.

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Wrap Up

The Eye of Minds

  • 6/10
    C's Rating


  • Interesting for Gamers
  • Creative Concept


  • Overused Terms
  • Parts of the story seemed to drag on

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