James Dashner reveals the first chapter from new virtual reality-inspired book, ‘The Eye of Minds’

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the-eye-of-minds-james-dashnerJames Dashner is at it again! The best-selling author of The Maze Runner trilogy and The 13th Reality series has just released an excerpt from The Eye of Minds, the soon-to-be-released first book in his new series, The Mortality Doctrine.

The new series is heavily video game influenced, with a large portion of the book taking place within a virtual world called the VirtNet. The series follows a new character, Michael, a gamer and hacker saught after by the government to help catch a hacker holding gamers hostage within the VirtNet. Here’s a full description:

The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

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.

Dashner has released the first chapter from The Eye of Minds through USA Today. You can read it below:

We’re hooked! The Eye of Minds is set to hit book stores this October in North America!

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