Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1) by James Dashner
Michael is a high school student and a gamer. He spends lots of time in the VirtNet, a virtual reality version of the internet in which the gamer lies in a "coffin" and "nerve wires" attach his body to the net keeping him hydrated, and fed so that he feels like he really is in the virtual world -(bathroom needs are not mentioned). There are some strange things going on in the VirtNet and when Michael becomes involved, the VNS - kind of an internet police force - coerces Michael and his best friends Bryson and Sarah to help find the elusive and possibly dangerous man named Kaine, who is virtually kidnapping people and killing some people in the "sleep" - the virtual world - in a way that also kills them in the "wake" - the real world. They have to find the path to the Hallowed Ravine while avoiding the KillSims and Kaine himself. The book is fast-paced and intense and ends with a major plot twist that was totally unexpected to me and leaves a huge cliff-hanger leading to the next book in the series.