James Dashner

The Eye of Minds

Michael and his friends are gamers. Entering the Sleep every day, they hack and code their way through games, levels, and programs, intent on their goal-to enter Lifeblood Deep, the ultimate level for gamers of all ages. But not everything is fun and games in the Sleep. A new cyber-hacker has emerged on the scene, and his designs are more sinister than thieving food from cafeterias and bringing weapons into different games. This hacker holds gamers hostage, and then forces them to remove their cores-which kills them both in the Sleep and makes them brain-dead in the real world. The VirtNet Security is unable to track down this hacker, so they hire teams of coders to find him and stop his evil schemes once and for all. Michael and his friends Bryson and Sarah are chosen as one of the teams-but the hacker already knows who they are. He has targeted them, and they have only a short while before he finds them. Can the friends escape the KillSims, hack through the Firewalls, and discover this hacker’s identity before it’s too late?
The Eye of Minds, written by James Dashner (New York Times best seller and author of The Maze Runner Series) and published by Random House Children’s Books in 2013, is a highly imaginative, edge-of-your seat read. This book falls under the sci-fi and virtual reality genre.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 14+. There is some mild mature language, a few inappropriate jokes, and intense violence to watch out for. This book is very well written with no dull spots and colorful descriptions. A gripping read with fun cyber-world delving and gritty action scenes. 4 out of 5 stars.

The Maze Runner

He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, musty air.
My name is Thomas, he thought.
That…that was the only thing he could remember about his life. *

Thomas wakes up to find himself devoid of memories, surrounded by strangers-all boys like himself-and trapped inside a huge maze with no apparent way out.

If you ain’t scared…you ain’t human. *

No one remembers anything about themselves, or why they were put there inside the Maze. All they know is that they have to get out. And they’ve been trying for years.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the glade. *

Thomas is convinced that he can help them escape. But the stakes are raised when the first girl is delivered to the Maze. The message she is sent with will change the boys’ lives forever.

She’s the last one. Ever.
Everything is going to change. *

The Gladers must trust each other as they fight to stay alive. Someone put them in the Maze. And they’re going to find out why. But first they have to make it out. The Maze must be cracked. There are traitors in their midst, and time is against them. Will they be able to succeed before it’s too late? When they do, will their memories be returned to them? And what do the words on the walls of the Maze mean-World In Catastrophe Killzone Experiment Department? What is going on in the world outside the Maze?

It’ll end soon.
It has to.
Thomas. *

The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner and published in 2009 by Delacorte Press, is a fascinating story of survival, friendship, and intrigue. Fast-paced and gritty, this book falls under the post-apocalyptic\futuristic genre.
I would recommend this book for ages 15+. There is some mild inappropriate usages of words and some off-color jokes, as well as intense violence and gory action. An enthralling story with amazing characters and an imaginative story world. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

WICKED is good. *

*All excerpts are taken from The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner and published in 2009 by Delacorte Press.