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What would have made The Eye of Minds better?
Something, anything unique. So much repetition of ideas that have been done better. Even Dashner's own Maze Runner ideas were repeated at points here and with worse results. It was exciting and intense, a Dashner staple, but not interesting.
What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?
Lack of unique world-building and character development.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Horrible at voicing female characters. Most characters were lifeless. Just felt very boring.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The action and intensity in the pacing keeps you going even when you aren't that interested in the story.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
All the words are used up in the first scene; fear, sweat, pain. Therefore, there is no tension in the rest of the book, just more fear, sweat, pain. The "game" is boring, with no interesting problems, no clues, no excitement, nor innovative solutions.
There are long periods of walking through hallways "for hours." The plot is not very original and I found the ending entirely predictable. I seriously considered abandoning the book, but finished it so as to write this review to spare others the pain.
However, given that the writing is so bad, the performance is actually quite good. Davies manages to deliver each scene with care, passion, and adds a variety of tone, despite having to read the same words over and over.
To help calibrate my review, I thought that Brown's Red Rising trilogy was the best writing and performance in a long time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful