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Featured Interview: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

It’s Friday here at M/G/W and I’m very, very excited to welcome my new fangirl crush author James Dashner to the blog. Dashner is the author of The Maze Runner Series and recently released The Eye of Minds, which I absolutely adored! And today we have a special treat for you guys, an awesome interview along with giveaway of 3 Print Copies of The Eye of Minds! So without further gushing from me, let’s get to it. Game on!






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Title: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: October 8, 2013
Genres: CyberpunkScience FictionYA
Pages: 323 Format: Paperback
Source: ARC From Publisher

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An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, The Eye of Mindsis 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.









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 1.     Welcome James to Mother/Gamer/Writer; for those readers and gamers who are not familiar with your work, can you briefly tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I grew up in Georgia, writing stories and reading books like a crazy kid. Now I live in Utah with four of my own crazy kids. I’ve written a dozen or so books, but The Maze Runner series is what really kicked off my career.



 2.     In my review, I described The Eye of Minds as The Matrix meets TRON with a sprinkle of Surrogates.  How did you come up with the concept of the VirtNet and the futuristic world?

That’s an excellent description! I’ve always described it as The Matrix meets Inception, so you’re pretty spot on. I think The Matrix started me daydreaming about a virtual world that was indistinguishable from the real world, and I’ve wanted to write a story in that setting ever since.


 3.     I adored your main character Michael and I was wondering if you, like him, are a gamer? Did you add a little bit of yourself to the character in other ways?
I’m definitely a gamer, from video games to board games. Love them. I think when you have a main character, and the book is told from his perspective, you can’t help but find your own self seeping into him or her a lot. Michael is a lot like me, just tons braver! And smarter. And handsomer. And stronger. Okay, I’ll stop. That’s not even true, actually. He’s a big time nerd.




 4.     Inside the VirtNet anything is possible from feeling pain to eating pizza. Is there any other gadget or piece of technology you thought about adding to The Eye of Minds that was left behind?
Hmmm, interesting question. This may not be a direct answer, but very related: I wanted very badly to make sure this was a book set in the future, but not considered a dystopian or post-apocalyptic tale. It’s much like our world, just a little more advanced technologically. So I had to tread a fine line between being futuristic without going overboard.




 5.     If you were inside the VirtNet, what game would you play?
I’m 100 percent certain that I’d play the best space game available. Flying around the universe in a spaceship in a virtual world that’s completely lifelike is so awesomely awesome my brain can’t wrap itself around the idea or hope too much for it.




 6.     Lastly, can you give us a tiny hint of what we will see in The Rule of Thoughts?
I’ve already written the sequel and I’m very proud of it. Just like The Scorch Trials, sequel to The Maze Runner, I wanted the second book in this new series to feel very different from the first, while still continuing the story. Interestingly enough, both of these second books literally start the morning after the first book ended. You’re going to learn a lot more about the Wake, see how Michael deals with his, um, major dilemma, and dive deeper into what it means to be real or not real. It’s a word that I think can’t be defined anymore.




This or That:


  1. Xbox or PlayStation? XBox
  2. Game of Thrones or Walking Dead? Game of Thrones
  3. Coffee or Tea? Tea
  4. The Matrix or TRON? The Matrix
  5. Reading or Writing? Reading




Thanks so much for stopping by M/G/W!

You are very welcome. Thank you for the awesome review!!!








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About James Dashner

James was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He has four kids, which some might think is too many but he thinks is just right. Once upon a time, James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years. (He doesn’t miss numbers. At all.)

In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and (good) TV shows, snow ski, and read. (Reading was mentioned twice on purpose.) Most of all, he’s thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.