Dashner, James, Eye of Minds. Delacorte Press, 2013. Pgs. 304. Language: PG-13 (7 swears, no “f”s), Violence: PG-13, Sexual Content: PG
Michael is a teenage games and hacker who likes to spend all his time in the VirtNet. The VirtNet provides total mind and body immersion without the risk of death. One gamer-Kaine-decides to take this to the next step. Kaine figures out how to take hostages and lives. The VNS (VirtNet Security) recruits Michael and his friends to find and stop Kaine. Can Michael out think the best programmer to grace the Grid?
This fast-paced sci-fi thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. The characters are intense, and likable. With no purple prose (fluff scenes), every scene has a purpose in the book. With a well-developed plot that has twists that keep you guessing, this must-read novel will go down in history with Ender’s Game. Too bad you’ll have to wait until October to read it. MS, HS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.