New Series from Author of THE MAZE RUNNER

The cover for The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner (RH/Delacorte YR; Listening Library) is revealed as an “exclusive” (thus, we are not showing it here) on Entertainment Weekly‘s “Shelf Life” blog. The book is the first in a new series for ages 12 and up, The Mortality Doctrine.

The publisher’s description is below:

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.

The Maze RunnerThere’s been no news on whether Dashner’s best selling title, The Maze Runner  (RH/Delacorte YR, 2009) will make it to the big screen. It was optioned by 20th C. Fox in January of 2011, with plans for Catherine Hardwicke (who directed the first Twilight movie and Red Riding Hood) to direct. In August of 2012, it was announced that Wes Ball will direct (Deadline, 8/23/12), but the movie is still listed as in “pre-production.”

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