Eye of Minds is a techno-thriller. Think Tron or Matrix. Life inside a computer.
The story is based on three teens who spend their free time in a coffin like structure where they’re hooked up to tiny wires that allow them to enter into a virtual gaming world called VirtNet. In the VirtNet you feel everything like its real life, including pain. The main characters are teenagers — Michael, Bryson, and Sarah. They’ve never meet in real life, but spend all their time together in the Virtnet. They are great at hacking code and use it to advance and earn experience points so they can make it to the ultimate level called Lifeblood Deep.
Michael is eventually recruited by net security to help track down a serious threat to the system who goes by the name Kaine. Michael agrees, then him and his friends go on one crazy adventure after another inside the net looking for the infamous Kaine.
The imagery Dashner creates takes you in. You get dangerous, creepy, dark, endless passageways, riddles — a good sense of being lost inside a world where anything can happen. And it does. The ending leaves you satisfied and wanting more.
The one thing I didn’t care very much for was the dialogue between the three friends. It was cheesy, and made them seem more like tweens then teenagers. The book in general felt like it was geared towards younger kids. Middle school boys and anyone big into gaming will love this book! I will tune in for the next book because I love all the techy stuff. I just hope the character development improves in book two.