Book Review: The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Rating5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: James Dashner

Release Date: October 8th 2013

Series: The Mortality Doctrine

Genre: YA/SciFi/Dystopian/Fiction

Pages: 308

Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Michael Spoke against the wind, to a girl named Tanya

Blurb from Goodreads: An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series,The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a 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.

 

Review:

I went into this hoping for something as good as the first book in the Maze Runner series. I was very surprised to find that I enjoyed this book. Throughout the book you can tell there is something that Michael is completely missing but his mind is so focused on keep his friends safe as they track down Kaine, he doesn’t see what is right in front of him.

Don’t worry; I won’t ruin the surprise for you.

I loved the relationship between Michael and his friends, Sarah, and Bryson. Even though it was never said, it was obvious that these three friends were closer than most. It was obvious that they knew everything about each other. I love friendships like that and I so wish I had one like that myself.

The only complaint I do have about the story itself is that there are moments where Dashner seems to drag out a scene and since I was listening to this book, I would zone out and stop listening. Of course this resulted in me having to rewind the book so I could find out what I had just missed.

I have another complaint but it is more about the narrator than the story itself. It was narrated by Erick Davies, and while his voice is soothing, I felt like it was just too boring for the book that I was trying to listen to. I just didn’t care for the narrator. It looks like I need to get used to his voice though, because he narrates the second and probably the third books too. It’s not so bad that I want to stop listening; it just gets a little aggravating at times.

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

I realize that I give a lot of book a 5 nerdy girl rating…but I can’t help it! I love a lot of books!

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 452
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Other Sources

Opening Line: Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: “Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Person.”

**If that opening line does not convince you to read this book I don’t know what will!**

Synopsis: In the second instalment of the Lunar Chronicles:

In France, Scarlet’s grandmother disappeared and no one seems to care. The police are convinced that the old woman left to die, simply because her chip was removed and left at home. Scarlet knows better, and soon she meets a man who can lead her to her grandmother.

Meanwhile, Cinder is locked away in prison in Beijing and she has been given the tools to escape. The only problem is she runs into a man who insist that he goes with her, claiming he has a ship to help her get out of Beijing.

And then there is Prince Kai, sitting in his office, trying to deny his attraction to the Cyborg/Lunar that has come into his life. On top of his feelings for Cinder, he is forced to make a decision to pacify Queen Levana for letting her prisoner escape.

Review:  I am in love with this series. And Scarlet is one of the best characters I have read in a while. She doesn’t let anything stop her and she is a fighter to the end. Also, the little romance between Scarlet and Wolf pleases my little romantic heart.

All Scarlet wants to do is find her grandmother, something the cops should be doing, but they have already closed her case, calling it a suicide. Scarlet only has her grandmothers chip and no clue where she has gone.

On the other hand, the relationship that develops between Cinder and Thorne l makes me laugh. Thorne is such an arrogant man, and Cinder loves to put him in his place. He is the perfect person to be around when Cinder is forced to use her Lunar gifts, helping her see that she is not a monster for using it to her advantage.

I feel like Cinder becomes a stronger character in this novel and Kai comes into his own as well. But, at this point, Scarlet is by far my favorite character. Well, Scarlet and Wolf. The whole cast is amazing though, they are all strong characters that are fighting for the greater good of Earth.

 

Conclusion: If you have read Cinder, you will have to read Scarlet. If you haven’t read Cinder, you should probably go read that, like right now, so you can read this book. It jumps around from Cinder, to Scarlet, to Kai, but it is so easy to keep up with and seeing the perspective of three characters enhances the story.

Toodles