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

Book 1 of 3 in the Mortality Doctrine Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.572103
From James Dashner, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes the first book in the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, an edge-of-your-seat cyber-adventure trilogy that includes The Rule of Thoughts and The Game of Lives.

Includes a sneak peek of The Fever Code, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Maze Runner series—the novel that finally reveals how the Maze was built!

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.

Praise for the Mortality Doctrine Series:

“Dashner takes full advantage of the Matrix-esque potential for asking ‘what is real.’” —io9.com

“Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.” —MTV.com

“A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.” —Christian Science Monitor
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on October 8, 2013 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385741391
ISBN-13: 9780385741392
25 Book Reviews
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  • CursedWeebThursday, May 23, 2019 at 8:02 am
    Absolutely astonishing. Love the ideas of a 2-world Dystopian plot including the virt-net and real-world which Kane takes over slowly. However, the actions felt repeated, as it was just the 3 friends going through obstacles and not a lot after that. After a while, It didn't feel like the actions were interesting anymore. Still love the book tho.
    • ghostlyother
      ghostlyotherTuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:23 am55 stars
      it was a really good book because of how it is formatted in by how they are in a game world which is cool
      • frostblade
        frostbladeWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:14 am55 stars
        You have to read the series after the book, it has an AMAAAAZING twist at the end. It. Is. Awesome.
        • mightyturtle
          mightyturtleFriday, December 1, 2017 at 8:26 am55 stars
          great book if you love to play video games but love to read as well...5 stars
          • MichealfallafelFriday, April 28, 2017 at 7:18 am
            enticing story and i bought the whole seiries. also read the maze runner by james dashner
            • lollipoplily
              lollipoplilySaturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm55 starsFeatured
              The Eye of Minds is a adventurous science fiction book. Michael is one of the many people that love the VirtNet. A virtual reality type of video game except your hole body goes in to a coffin like bed with wires and straps etc. And you can see and feel and talk to other people on the VirtNet. Michael is also a good hacker, his friends Sarah and Bryson are also good hackers. But stuff are going on in the game, far more than Michael can understand. People are actually killing themselves in the game. (Usually they just end up waking in their coffin.) but they are destroying their codes witch keep them alive, and Michael has even witnessed it first hand. Its hard for him to deal with but he stills has a real life and has to go to school. His parents who are gone a lot because of work so they hired him a nanta named Helga. She feeds him then sends him off to school, while walking to school one day he decides to take a different route in a alley. But a van comes and some men wearing black masks take him to a place he does not recognize. There he finds out its the a VNS, the people who made the VirtNet. Agent Weber tells him that Kaine ( whoever that is) is trapping people in the VirtNet and he needs to be stopped. The VNS has watched Michael and his friends and want them to help. But they can't tell anyone. Michael has questions, but Weber won' answer. He doesn't have a clue on what he should do. And he doesn't understand. This book is amazing and its definitely a 5 star. If you like the Maze Runner series, or other James Dashner books you will love the Mortality Doctrine
              • ladyirene
                ladyireneMonday, April 3, 2017 at 8:23 am55 stars
                Best book ever I now LOVE James Dashner I love his books they make me hooked and when I read the books I don't want them to end <3
                • bloodex2002
                  bloodex2002Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm55 stars
                  Brings you to another world within just the grasps of a video game.
                  • backflash2
                    backflash2Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:22 pm55 stars
                    simply AWESOME
                    • Tyler E.Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                      This book was really great I love it Im still reading im on chapter 17 and so far it is Amazing