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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?
But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.
The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever. [Goodreads]
Why I'm Waiting?
This isn’t a book I would normally pick up but after reading the synopsis I am definitely intrigued. I’m not a gamer, but the thought of technology becoming this dangerous other-world always interests me – do we always know the full extent of what we’re creating? I’ll admit I’ve not got round to reading The Maze Runner series yet (or anything else by the author for that matter), but the reviews for it always sound great so this book is definitely one I want to watch out for!