Monday, November 30, 2015

Musing Mondays (41) What I'm Reading

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

I have an ARC to finish, but that review won’t be going up for a while. So, for my musing’s this fine Monday morning, I’m going to share about the book I will read this week: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas. After the ending of book one, The Burning Sky, I'm excited to continue on with this trilogy.

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)About the book (Synopsis from goodreads)… 

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future...

What are you reading this week?

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Friday 56 (45) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

My 56 this week comes from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The quote below is from page 51 instead since page 56 is an illustration.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

An orphan and a thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy train station. He desperately believes a broken automation will make his dreams come true. But when his world collides with an eccentric girl and a bitter old man, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy...

The Invention of Hugo Cabret"Reluctantly, one by one, Hugo pulled out dozens of objects: screws and nails and bits of metal, gears and crumpled playing cards, tiny pieces of clockworks, cogs, and wheels."--The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 


What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)Title: The Burning Sky
Author: Sherry Thomas
Source/Format: Won, Hardcover 
More Details: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher/Publication Date: Balzer + Bray, September 17, 2013

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning...

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life...
“It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning…”

That quote above pretty much sums up what happened to the main character of this novel. A ruined elixir accompanied by a bolt of lightning from there Iolanthe Seaborne was in trouble, lots of it.

This is one trilogy I’ve been meaning to start and I’m glad that I finally got around to it. That is to say I enjoyed The Burning Sky. There were a lot of aspects I liked, including the setting and all of the details typically associated with fantasy—magic, interesting creatures, etc.—thus, this was my kind of novel.

Iolanthe was a pretty interesting character with some faults. Despite repeated warnings she ended up doing stuff that landed her in some pretty hot water. The antagonists of the book had a lot of influence and resources so obviously this presented a roadblock to Iolanthe—who was basically without many connections. Titus, I liked him—yes he was a prince, but his backstory was of interest to me, and I hope to learn more about his mother in the next book. It would be an understatement to say that his mother had a minimal role because despite being deceased, the lingering clues to her life left a big shadow across the entire story—so much so that she might as well have been there anyway.

The book was easy to get into and the plot was pretty good. The Burning Sky relies heavily on the chosen one trope, but I didn’t mind it too much because I was more interested in how the story was going to unfold. After all, Iolanthe was pretending to be a boy while the antagonists were practically on her heels. I don’t have any comments about the pacing of the plot because this was a pretty solid novel. There were enough details to keep me interested—plenty of small things that happened around the central focus of the story.

I still have some questions—about the antagonists, Titus’ mother, and even some regarding Iolanthe herself—so I look forward to reading The Perilous Sea, which I plan on doing very soon.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Musing Mondays (40) Trilogies & Random Weekly Questions

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

I haven’t done a Musing Monday in a while so here goes nothing. First I’m going to start with some of the random weekly questions that I missed.

Have you ever chosen a book, mostly because of its cover art, and then regretted it because the content didn’t live up to your expectations?

I try not to look at the covers when I’m deciding which books to get, even though there have been some nice ones this year. But I try not to judge books that way and instead look at the synopsis, check out any excerpts that might be available on retailer websites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or on the authors’ website. I usually consider the books for a while before I decide what to do. I focus on how much I want the book, which is ultimately the deciding factor. So, I don’t really remember the last book I might have bought just based off the cover, but I do know that I haven’t done so in a very long time.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)What has been your most favorite book, so far, this year? Why?

Oh man, I’ve read so many great books this year—The Madman's Daughter, Coraline, The Halloween Tree, Finding Serendipity, just to name a few. But I guess I’ll talk about a recent one that I’ve already reviewed. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had a lot going for it. One, the illustrations were nice. Two, the style that was used to tell the story is one of my favorites. And three, It was a solid book that was highly entertaining—there were a lot of details that I found interesting. It was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Other musings...

I do like standalone novels but I also enjoy trilogies for many typical reasons: I get to see more of the characters who ended up being my favorites, more time for the story to develop, and of course more books written by my favorite authors.

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy, #3) 

I recently started The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas, starting with The Burning Sky. And I already have The Perilous Sea and The Immortal Heights, so I plan on finishing this trilogy very soon.
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)

The Darkest Minds trilogy (The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, and In the Afterlight) by Alexandra Bracken is also a good one.

The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine, #3)

And finally, The Mortality Doctrine Trilogy by James Dashner (The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives, which recently came out). This trilogy had some faults, but I did enjoy it.

So, what are some of your favorite trilogies? Or what are some of the best books you've read in 2015?

Friday, November 20, 2015

ARC Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Source/Format: First In Line, Hardcover ARC
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 20, 2015
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Synopsis from Goodreads...

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes...
I kind of have a lot to say. You’ve been warned...

I’m going to be honest, if Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff was a movie I would see it, not just that, I would buy the DVD. In short, this book was awesome, and I consider it to be one of the best I’ve read in 2015 and a new favorite.

The way the story was told was something I was immediately interested in. It was told through a mixture of different things—emails, interviews, classified files, illustrations of the ships, and so on—it was a style I enjoyed. The mixture of different mediums added another layer to the story. One of my favorite aspects of science fiction is the technology—ships, weapons, etc.—so it was pretty cool getting to see them in illustrated form.

The story itself was also exciting, with plenty of action. It follows Kady Grant and Ezra Mason—who used to date but broke up at the beginning of the book—as they survive in space after the destruction of their home. But what once seemed like a good escape plan quickly took a turn for the worst. Like, worst case scenario type bad. The troubles started early on in the book—surviving the evacuation of the planet being the least of their problems—it’s what came after that had me hooked. Despite the length of this book there wasn’t a part that I found boring. There was always something going on.

As far as characters go, Kady was pretty cool. She was by far one of my favorite aspects of the story. People deal with grief differently and the same thing could be said about Kady, she reacted to the events of the novel differently than some of the other characters. Though all of them experienced loss at some point of the novel and grieved in different ways as they adjusted to their situation. Ezra was also interesting and I liked seeing the two characters interact with one another. The conversations were especially entertaining.

The villain wasn’t just one person specifically but many different things that stemmed from the beginning of the book and continued to have a ripple effect across the entire novel. I would (kind of) call them immediate consequences and unforeseen difficulties. That’s the best way I can describe them without going into detail.

While the ending was pretty solid, I look forward to seeing what happens next. Suffice to say, Illuminae was a great opening to this trilogy.
 
This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (publisher) for this review, thank you!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)Title:In The Afterlight
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library, Hardcover
More Details: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publisher/Publication Date: Disney-Hyperion, October 28, 2014

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids. Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire...
One of my goals is to finish some of the series I’ve started, and the last two books of The Darkest Minds trilogy happened to be available at my local library. Hence, I’ve finished this trilogy, which is something I'm happy about. Especially because of the fact that I’ve consistently enjoyed this series and the same can be said about In the Afterlight.

The story basically picks up right where the last book left off, and Ruby & Co. are dealing with the fallout, struggling really, as they try to find the quickest and safest way out of L.A.. So, immediately, the tension was set up basically from page one. The plot took off from there quickly transitioning from point A to B and so on. Watching the story unfold was nothing short of entertaining, and I finally got some much needed answers about the series. So looking at this trilogy as a whole—it was well thought out with some solid world building.

The characters were great. Although, Ruby blamed herself for every little thing and still made some questionable decisions, she grew on me throughout the trilogy. I liked her more in In the Afterlight than in the last two books. And all of my favorite characters were back. I especially liked the friendships in this book—Zu & Vida—and it was nice to see that Ruby had friends who were female too. Not friends who were secretly enemies, but actual friends.

And then there was Clancy. I thought he was terrible in book one and two, but his presence in this book—the things he did—ugh, just no. There was nothing about him that made me even remotely sympathetic to his character. I get that he had a hard life that was worse than many of the other characters, but he had a problem with believing his way was the only way.

The ending was a little open-ended. While the essential plot was wrapped up nicely, there was still a little uncertainty about the future of the kids who were afflicted by IAAN. There was no immediate miracle solution, but the ending also hints at a better future with time.

At the end of the day, In the Afterlight was a good conclusion to the trilogy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

ARC Review: The Game of Lives by James Dashner

The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine, #3)Title: The Game of Lives
Author: James Dashner
Source/Format: First In Line (won), Bound ARC
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, November 17, 2015

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are...
The game isn’t just a game when it crosses over into reality…

Oh man, the VirtNet with its full-experience virtual reality, sheesh, so much happened. There were so many changes that seemed to happen at once. It was kind of awesome.

The Game of Lives was truly a fitting title for this book, because, well, there were a lot of lives at stake on a mass scale. All of the little plot points from The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts  came together in a book that I found to be a good ending to the trilogy.

Suffice to say, I finally got my answers.

Once again, this book picks up right where the last one ended with Michael and his friends caught up in the issue surrounding the VirtNet, which had spilled over into the real world. These events were less than quiet, and had a pretty big impact on the story. I had my suspicions about a few of the characters—just based off of what happened in The Rule of Thoughts—and I had a few things right, but not the entire picture. In that aspect, the villains were written pretty well. Considering the themes throughout the trilogy, the motivation behind their actions fit with the story overall.

So, yeah, the plot was pretty exciting. The Mortality Doctrine was something I consistently had some questions about and I got those answers though it wasn’t what I expected. The idea behind it was pretty interesting.

The ending was nice. The resolution was a little quick but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. I’m still not sure if the Maze Runner would be my kind of series, but honestly I enjoyed The Mortality Doctrine Trilogy. It had some faults along the way, but overall the conclusion was great and I liked the trilogy as a whole.

This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (publisher) for this review, thank you!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday 56 (44) The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

My 56 this week comes from The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, a book I recently finished.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning...

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life...

"None of the opening spells Iolanthe knew worked. She did not have power over wood. Water was useless here, as was fire."--The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas 



What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)Title: The Rule of Thoughts
Author: James Dashner 
Source/Format: First In Line (won), Hardback
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, August 26, 2014

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.  Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down. He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears. Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality. The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun...
For the better part of this week, I was in a bit of a reading rut. I read two books that I ended up disliking back-to-back last weekend that ruined my enthusiasm to pick up another book. But I wanted to finish this series. So I read The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner, which happened to be the perfect way to get back into reading.

The Rule of Thoughts picked up right where The Eye of Minds left off, following Michael as he’s essentially forced to deal with the events from the end of the last book. His life has changed drastically and he has to immediately deal with those major changes while questioning parts of his life, with good reason. I liked his reaction and range of emotion as he tried to adjust.

This book was good and I liked it better than The Eye of Minds. It wasn’t predictable to me this time around. There were a lot of things that happened that I didn’t even suspect. And that’s a good thing. The plot had some pretty good pacing as the main characters—Michael, Sarah, and Bryson—dived back into the VirtNet to once again try and solve the problems surrounding the virtual reality. But the stakes were significantly higher considering the fact that what was once purely virtual, contained perfectly within the VirtNet, started to cross over. That part of the concept was good and handled well. It happened to be one of my favorite parts of the story.

The characters were all pretty good, though a few of them were questionable. The VNS has been pretty secretive, so I want to know more about them as well as Kaine who made a pretty good villain. The ending left me with a lot of questions and I look forward to finishing this trilogy.
This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (publisher) for this review, thank you!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag


So the year is almost over—as weird as it is to already say that. I feel like the time just flew by and the holiday season is already here. Before I get to the book tag, I want to say a quick good luck to anyone participating in NaNoWriMo. I, myself, am not participating, but still, for everyone else, I wish you the best on your novels! Anyway, I haven’t done a book tag in a long time and this one seemed like fun, so I thought why not, it’s fall, and the timing is perfect.

This tag was created by Novels and Nonsense and you can check out her youtube channel HERE. She has a lot of fun videos on her channel so you should definitely check it out if you have the time.

And CLICK HERE to see the original tag video.

Scorched (Scorched, #1)Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color - choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover...

I’m going with Mari Mancusi's Scorched. The red, orange, and yellow really make me think of fall, especially the leaves after they've changed colors.

Love Fortunes and Other DisastersCozy Sweater - It's finally cool enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius was a book that made me happy. There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this novel, and I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding - choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day...

Oh, anything really, but my first choice would be fantasy then science fiction and anything else after that.

The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4) Cool Crisp Air: What's the coolest character you'd want to trade places with?

I would go with Mallory Grace from the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. The adventure throughout the entire series was pretty cool (despite all the fairy mayhem) and Mallory was one of my favorite characters. So, I wouldn’t mind trading places with her.

Oleah Chronicles: TruthHot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Oleah Chronicles: Truth by Michelle Johnson. You can check out the review for the book HERE and I did an interview with the author HERE

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens - The weather has turned cold & it's time to cover up - What's the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

I don’t have one. Most of the books I have do have some pretty nice covers. And if there was one, then I’ve forgotten about it by now.

Pumpkin Spice: What's your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

Oh, I have a lot of different ones, but I do enjoy them being warm when the weather is colder. (Pumpkin/ sweet potato pie, homemade macaroni and cheese—various dishes like that especially in November.

Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth - Who do you tag?

As always, I tag no one specifically. If you want to participate in the tag then go for it. These questions are really fun!

Happy Reading!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Friday 56 (43) The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Synopsis from Goodreads...

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.  Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down. He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears. Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality. The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun...


The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)"Sarah was up off the couch, moving before Michael could grab her. She was across the room, heading for the kitchen, Michael on her heels."--The Rule of Thoughts  by James Dashner


What are you reading this week?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

The Eye of MindsTitle: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Source/Format: First In Line (Won), Paperback
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Ember, October 8, 2013

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

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 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 one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever...
I have never read a book by James Dashner, until now that is. I wasn’t too interested in the Maze Runner trilogy for various reasons, but as it turns out I liked The Eye of Minds, it was entertaining.

The main characters—Michael, Sarah, and Bryson—spend the majority of the book in the VirtNet, a virtual reality that has a complete experience. For example, if the player got hurt then they would feel the pain, almost as if it were real. So in that way, the concept was kind of cool. But the idyllic VirtNet with its many activities, was plagued by its own problems, which took center stage from early on, and continued to effect the story as the characters worked to unravel the mystery—they, of course, had sufficient motivation to give it their all.

The Eye of Minds was a fun story even thought there were some details I had issues with—like descriptions of some people—that I didn’t enjoy at all. Parts of the story were a little too predictable, but overall it was alright. And since I have the whole trilogy literally sitting on my desk, this is a series I will be finishing. Because, honestly, after that ending, I really am curious about what’s in store for the characters next.
This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (Publisher) for this review, thank you!
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