Book Review: The Eye of Minds
Goodreads Page: Here
Personal Rating: 4/5
Overall, my experience with the book was positive. I had heard about it through a shared list of books for people who enjoyed "Ready Player One." Much like RPO, there isn't much in terms of character development, but there is enough action and plot to keep you interested and wanting to read more. It's an easy read, and one that's good for quickly losing yourself and getting immersed into a story. The language isn't complicated, though it's enough to provide the reader with a detailed mental image of events as they go.
Admittedly, one of the key reasons I like this book is because stories of characters getting consumed in some way by virtual reality systems fascinate me (which is partly why I also enjoyed RPO). Even though they tend to be more dystopic than I think we'll end up in reality as VR becomes more common, it demonstrates an interesting dynamic related to identity and what we consider reality. In these virtual environments, people can assume a personality and lifestyle that is very different from how they live in the real world, which introduces interesting and entertaining dynamics within the person where the two identities compete. In addition, these stories generally portray characters who spend more time in the virtual worlds than in the real world, which makes it unclear which world is their reality. Obviously they have bodies that have needs in the real world, but in terms of the basis for their psyche it can be argued that the virtual world is much more real for them.
The Eye of Minds definitely fits this theme. Michael, the main character, is much like many others in the book's world -- he lives through the day in the real world simply so he can finally get to the virtual world where he feels safer, more himself. He and his friends get pulled into a plotline that is hard to buy at first, and ultimately seems odd throughout, but which falls into the background as events jump from one situation to another. It's difficult to describe much more without spoilers, so I'll leave it there. If you enjoy books like I described above, then I do recommend reading this book.
I've just picked up the sequel, and I'm excited to see how it compares.