‘The Eye of Minds’ by James Dashner

Hey guys! So yesterday (well today, considering it was 2am anyway) I finished The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, and in a previous post I did say I wanted to write a little review, or really more my thoughts about the book. Although I’m itching to read Divergent, I figured that I should probably write about it while it’s still fresh (somewhat) in my mind, before starting on Divergent and possibly getting the two worlds muddled up in my head. So without further ado! I’m going to split it into little parts to make it easier on just about everyone, including me, to read.

 

Character Development

I found that barely any character had any background. Michael, the main protagonist, had barely any background information, apart from the fact that he came from a wealthy family, had parents which were (very conveniently, may I add) never around, because they were ‘constantly travelling’. Now if you’ve read the book, you might disagree with this last statement (ooh, I wonder why to those who haven’t read it yet) – but either way, I still found it shifty and it just seemed lacking. Also, what about Michael’s school? He goes to school a grand total of two times, from memory. [mini spoilers here, but they’re really in like the first 50 pages of the book] The first time he is taken by the VNS, and the second time, it was (once again, very conveniently) a Friday, (although the actual day was never mentioned, nor were the previous 4 days of the week) as the next day Michael went off to spend the weekend in the VirtNet.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like to be emotionally invested into the characters, especially the main, for obvious reasons. But putting Michael aside, it seemed like Dashner went quite round about with the side characters as well, such as Bryson and Sarah. You barely know anything about them, they’re just ‘Michael’s best friends who he has never met’, but they’ve apparently been through thick and thin together, known each other for years, and are even better than his parents, as said by Michael himself. While I have absolutely nothing against internet friends, as I have a few myself, and it’s great to have them, because I can talk to them about anything and they don’t judge me. However, I feel like if a government organisation comes and kidnaps you, should your parents, or at least your nanny Helga, be your first choice to tell? You just got kidnapped, for gods sake.

But really, there’s only a handful of characters in this game that really come to mind and are actually important – Michael, Bryson, Sarah, Kaine, and perhaps Gunner Skale. Characters such as Ronika and Agent Weber really aren’t too important, although they could be of more importance (well at least, Agent Weber) in future books of the series. But really, there’s only four or five major characters, and after reading the book, I don’t feel like I know more than the bare minimum about them. Of course, this is linked to my next point about plot.

Plot

Whilst I enjoyed the book, looking back on it I feel like there were some points that could have been left out, and some other points that were definitely lacking. I got kind of bored around the middle, during the little arc of Devils of Destruction, and before that, when they were trying to enter the game, their fight dragged on for way too long, and I had no idea what was going on really. I didn’t care too much for Ryker and Stonewall, nor about the 2022 War of Greenland. After that came the Path, which was way too long for my liking, and had too many stages which I eventually got bored of, although the description of each stage was very intricate. So basically, it was long and drawn out kind of plot, but still mostly entertaining at the same time. 

(once again, slight spoilers here) Oh, and one little point I’d like to make. Bryson, Sarah and Michael are teenagers, at most. Seriously, why on earth did the VNS think they were the most ideal candidates? (If you ignore one obvious factor once you have completed the book). And really, how easy was it to just get them to say yes? Granted, VNS didn’t give Michael much of a choice, threatening his family and what not. But Bryson and Sarah? It was just too easy for the three of them to agree, in my opinion.

Twists

Linked to the plot were the plot twists, which I found mostly enjoyable and not cliche, especially the last few. The only plot twist that I found wasn’t very satisfactory was the one (slight spoilers here, but I won’t go too indepth) about Gunner Skale, and albeit all the  hype in the beginning about him and how he was some legendary, amazing, ground breaking player, he definitely didn’t live up to the hype. I can understand how Skale might have gone a bit loony after disappearing for several years onto the Path, but it seemed like, as with several other factors in this book, he was just put there for convenience, so that not too many irrelevant characters would have to be made. Why didn’t Skale just suicide, be Lifted up? Why would he choose to become some woodland hippie? This just goes right back to the character development, really. (spoilers end here)
Overall
So even though it seemed like all I’ve done was nitpick at this novel, they’re really just kind of the small things which are easy to overlook. I found the book enjoyable, as I love immersing myself in the world of a sci-fi novel, especially one which is similar to SAO (Sword Art Online – a very popular Japanese anime which I recommend people to watch!). While looking this up, I found a new sci-fi novel called Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline which seems similar in terms of virtual reality, which will be on my to read list after Divergent. But going back to The Eye of Minds, I would still recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi novels, especially relating to virtual reality and gaming (things I absolutely love). 
So if I had to give it a rating, it would probably be a 7/10! Just because I love the theme and idea of the book, and definitely can’t wait until The Rule of Thoughts comes out, because man, that ending…
 
Anyway, thanks for reading, even though it was a bit of a text heavy post! I’m off to read Divergent
 

So four hours on, I just finished The Eye of Minds, and wow. I honestly… maybe because it’s 1:40, but I don’t know what to think I definitely think this book warrants something more ‘in depth’, I suppose, when it comes to talking about it. I don’t think I would call it a review because a) god knows how long it’s been since I’ve written one, and besides b) I don’t even think I have enough qualifications to write one, really.
So probably tomorrow a little post ‘discussing’ The Eye of Minds will go up! That is, unless I’m too busy reading Divergent, anyway.

Thanks for reading!

Also, as a small little note: I have no idea how I’m even getting followers on this, but thank you anyway! It really does make my day when I hear the quirky little sound from my iPad letting me know WordPress has given me a notification!

Last 3 days or so

Haven’t posted in I think it was 3 days or so,  but there’s nothing really to write about, I suppose.

 

Sunday:

– had work, got let off half an hour early. But it was still fun, it was Australia Day and one of my managers bought tattoos which had Australian flags and stuff all over them, and we had heaps of fun giving our other manager on shift tattoos on the back of his neck, arm, and face – we tried giving him a moustache, but the tattoos only ended up working on the outer corners of where a moustache would be, which meant he had some funny spots on his face. If I can find a photo, I will definitely upload it for future reference.

After that, went to my uncle and aunts place to have dinner before they go on a cruise/travel for (I think) 2 weeks, kind of like a ‘Chinese New Year’ dinner, that kind of thing. Watched the Australian Open Men’s Final at their place as well, and can I just say, a little part of me died inside when Nadal didn’t win because of his back injury 😦 Stupid Wawrinka – was never really a fan of him, to be honest.

 

Monday (aka yesterday)

Wow, oh my goodness. Two of my friends had a birthday party, which was a night BBQ at one of their houses. It was supposed to run 2-8pm, but ended up going till like 10, and honestly all I can remember from that was the fact that I chose something to wear I seriously regret because I did not realise how low it was. Seriously. ugh. Feel so sorry for everyone there, my goodness. But it was fun and all – I got to scream and yell heaps because we played Wii and Super Smash Bros Brawl – and got to stare in disbelief as my save was overridden when I put my disc into their Wii. My 100%… my trophies… my characters… Lucario… sigh.

But oh well, it was quite fun – we had an ‘Amazing Race’, which was basically us running around the massive park just down the road, which was way too much exercise for me, especially considering I hadn’t done basically any in weeks. 

And then it comes to today!

Basically lazed around the house, it being my second last day of the holidays. For heaps of people around Sydney, it’s their last, but our school has only year sevens, peer support leaders, and year 12 go back on the first day, and because I wasn’t selected, guess I’m going back on Thursday! Which is completely fine with me.

My books I ordered also came in today, titles being:

The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

and also, by far definitely the best book, Cambridge Mathematics 3 Unit Year 12 Enhanced Version.

Just kidding about the last one, I only bought it because I need it for tutor and don’t have my own personal hard copy.

But I’m excited to read the first two! They’re growing in popularity quite rapidly, so I thought I’d give it a try. Honestly, I haven’t read books in a while, even though I used to be so obsessed with it. So I’m stopping with the (possibly) illegal pdf downloading of books! Back to my roots with a good old hard copy, which is personally still what I like the best. Might even give a quick (heh. I say quick, but I bet it’ll turn out to be a super long post anyway) review of them when I’m finished – I started The Eye of Minds about an hour or so ago, and so far so good! I have to say.

So that’s it really! Here’s a couple of photos from yesterday, and I’m off again to read! 

 

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Two shots with each of the birthday girls – completely made my day. Both of them are the funniest and I’m so glad to have known each of them for as long as I have.

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Look like a bit of a sleaze in the above photo, just ignore that please! (Also my dress, my dress, oh my god, too many regrets)

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Hurray! Photos without my horrible cleavage in them. These two are amazing girls, so funny and I can honestly talk about anything to them (don’t know how they cope with me, really). Didn’t know which photo I liked better, so I included both! Why not.

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The eyebrow game really is strong in all these photos HAHA. But that’s ok. I tried. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! 🙂