James Dashner, you’ve done it again.
All the thrills, mystery, action and adventure that makes The Maze Runner series such a gem has been condensed and reworked into another nugget of genius, labelled The Eye of Minds, the first book in the Mortality Doctrine series.
A virtual reality in the not too-impossible future is the perfect setting for this Dashner dystopia. Captured from the beginning the almost immediate action takes you and does not let go until the end. Each page leaves you breathless, wanting to know more whilst also scared of what the outcome may be. Consistently on the end of your seat, this book is unbearable to put down once started.
The twists and ambiguity of the entire novel is one that keeps you reading. Who is Kaine? What does he want? Questions left dangling until the very end. So many points in the book provide the shock factor that comes out of nowhere; leaving chapters so vast and jammed packed. Like the characters, you are led into the deep unknown, coming up thrilled and dazed by the end.
Dashner’s writing just flows so easily, there are no swamp words and descriptions to get through whilst reading, and another reason why the book was so enjoyable to read. Additionally, with the right mix of characters, any gender and age is able to relate in some why. The characters are identifiable and there is a want to carry on reading about their journey, making it simply an epic read for all.
James Dashner has blown young adult fiction out of the water again with this incredible novel. Watch out, this is another series that is going to go big.