Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Eye of Minds

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Eye of Minds

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Title: The eye of minds

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Doubleday Childrens, 2013

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'To catch a hacker, you need a hacker.' This is the catch phrase of James Dashner's novel The eye of minds. This science fiction action novel is aimed at adolescents and takes the reader on a journey through a futuristic world. The young hero, Michael, and his two friends are some of the best hackers and are able to alter the virtual world referred to as the 'VirtNet'. Within the VirtNet you can feel, think, eat, drink and even die in a real-seeming virtual environment while your body lies safely in its coffin in the real world. Michael and his friends immerse themselves in the gaming world in an attempt to stop a rogue gamer, a cyber-terrorist, who is taking people captive within the game. This renders them brain dead in the real world; but for what purpose? The real world is grey and dull in comparison to the VirtNet and people wait all day just so they can escape and return to a better life, but soon the question arises: What is real?

The structure of the novel, in particular the short segments within each chapter, allows for easy reading in short spurts. This is ideal for teenagers who struggle to read or get through a book, as the story is broken into manageable pieces. For older or more advanced readers, this structure makes for a light, easy, relaxing and addictive read that is really easy to get into. …

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