The Eye of Minds: The Mortality Doctrine, Book 1

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Cyberpunk series hits the ground running for gaming fans.

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Educational value

Set mostly within an immersive gaming system, The Eye of Minds plays fast and loose with what actually constitutes hacking, to the point where it becomes just another synonym for magic. More realistic is the novel's portrayal of the psychology of gamesmanship and what motivates players to persevere in the face of incredible odds.

Positive messages

The Eye of Minds emphasizes bravery, loyalty, resourcefulness, and empathy as its characters struggle against digital obstacles and ponder the meaning of being human.

Positive role models

Michael, the protagonist of The Eye of Minds, is brave, resourceful, and loyal to his friends. He's also impulsive, sarcastic, and unhealthily obsessed with online gaming, but those flaws give his character additional depth. Readers will find him worthy of their attention across multiple installments of the story.

Violence

Set within a totally immersive online gaming system, The Eye of Minds features plenty of violence, but it's not graphic in its description. The protagonist and his allies are attacked by monsters and engage in vicious hand-to-hand combat, but the fact that they're playing a game without mortal consequences lessens the impact of the mayhem.

Sex

Michael, Sarah, and Bryson exchange occasional flirty comments.

Language

Occasional "damn" and "hell." Characters infrequently say that situations "suck" or that they're "pissed."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Eye of Minds is a fast-paced cyberpunk thriller set in a virtual gaming world. It follows three teenage hackers as they search for the rogue gamer who's holding people hostage online and harming them in the real world. It contains a fair amount of violence (monster attacks, hand-to-hand combat in a warfare scenario), but the mayhem's usually not described in detail and usually doesn't have mortal consequences. The strongest language is "damn" and "hell"; characters sometimes say situations "suck" or that they're "pissed." Sexual content's limited to flirting, and there's no mention of drugs, smoking, or drinking.

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What's the story?

After he witnesses the online suicide of a fellow gamer in the VirtNet, Michael is recruited by government agents to track down a rogue player suspected of holding people hostage within the digital realm. Accompanied by his close friends and fellow hackers, Sarah and Bryson, Michael travels the hidden, dangerous byways of the online system, searching for the virtual location where everything will supposedly be revealed. The path to enlightenment is strewn with danger, however, and Michael must face the realization that his fantasy adventure might actually kill him and the people he cares about.

Is it any good?

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To fans of The Matrix or other science fiction from the '90s, THE EYE OF MINDS might feel a tad old-fashioned in the way it poses familiar "Is it a game? Is it reality?" questions. But younger readers coming to the novel without any preconceptions will undoubtedly enjoy the fast-paced plot, snappy dialog, and shifting layers of perception. Author James Dashner serves up a couple of neat reversals, and the book concludes with a narrative jolt sure to propel fans into the next installment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why online gaming is so popular. What makes video games so compelling to such a large audience?

  • What dangers do online games present to young players?

  • Do you think technology will ever reach a point where players won't be able to distinguish between online fantasy and offline reality?

Book details

Author:James Dashner
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication date:October 8, 2013
Number of pages:320
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bymichael12123 December 29, 2014
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2
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Fine

Not to bad has some gore human meat on sticks stabbing eyes but nothing a two year old can't handle.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew October 4, 2014
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Dark premised teen friendly book has real games and exictement

Teen, 13 years old Written bykpanda56 June 5, 2014
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12
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Love the book, hate the ending!

I totally agree with the comment before me. I loved this book not only because of the characters, but because it was so different than any other book I have read. WARNING the ending IS almost as bad as mark of athena. (You are completely right Useursense)
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Too much violence

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