The Eye of Minds: The Mortality Doctrine
Random House, 2014 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ames Dashner, of
fame, launches an exciting new series with
The Eye of Minds
, first in
The Mortality Doctrine
. It's set in a future in which people (like our teen hero Michael) spend as much time as they can in the Virtnet, in particular experiencing a reality game called
ichael hangs out there with his virtual friends Bryson and Sarah (they've never met in person). One day, Michael is on his own in Lifeblood, trying to garner experience points to get to the next level,
, by persuading a young woman not to jump off the Golden Gate bridge. But Tanya is not only a virtual suicide - after ranting about Kaine and his KillSims, she rips out her Core and kills her real self too.
n shock, Michael sets up a meet with Bryson and Sarah, and tells them all. Soon afterwards he's abducted by agents of the VNS (VirtNet Security). Agent Diane Weber enlists him to use his hacking skills to find something hidden in the VirtNet, the
. She tells him that Kaine is a cyber-terrorist, trapping people in the VirtNet, where they are '
driven to decoding their own Cores.
o Michael heads back to Sarah and Bryson and the game is on. But it soon becomes clear that Kaine is aware of what they are doing. What follows is a perilous quest through virtual realities, where their combined talents are needed just to stay alive. They go up against KillSims, arctic battles, demonic monsters, and a lava cavern - but they don't all make it.
ichael does eventually meet Kaine and learns his own role in the
- and it's a shocking one. The major twist at the end of this first episode sets the scene nicely for further action-packed adventures for Michael and his friends. Can't wait.
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