These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Review: The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When everyone was crazy about young adult dystopian novels, I decided to jump into James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. If the truth is to be known, it’s my least favourite of the popular young adult dystopian trilogies. I like to think I’m a pretty nice reader, in that I give authors multiple chances before I decide they are not for me. Sometimes I’m surprised and realise it’s just a single series by the author that is not for me, other times I am shown it is the author who is not for me.

James Dashner seems to fall into the latter category. As my second chance to James Dashner, I decided to grab The Mortality Doctrine trilogy – it seemed interesting enough, offering something different to The Maze Runner series – yet this first book has done little to win me over.

The Eye of Minds was interesting enough on the surface – it was an interesting idea, there were plenty of things that could have been done with this one – yet when we get down to it, this book wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been. Sure, I kept turning the pages – but in many ways, this is because I was waiting for the something big to happen, rather than being a reflection of my investment in the story.

You see, I didn’t care for the characters at all. I had the same issue with The Maze Runner series – the characters are just a vessel to give us the story, yet to really enjoy it I need to enjoy the characters. I didn’t care for many of the events that played out – when things did seem to get interesting they were skipped over, there were many things I would have liked to understand better, and some of the details I feel as though I could have done without.

What was enough to convince me to pick up the second book (other than the fact I brought the trilogy in a pack) was the ending. I’d been so focused upon one element coming to pass that I overlooked the reality of the situation – I should have seen it coming, and yet I didn’t. I still believe some of the things I picked up on many come to pass in the future books, but I was caught off guard by what did come to pass.

In truth, this isn’t quite a full three-star rating, yet the ending was enough to have me giving those three stars.

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