Book Review: The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine) by James Dashner

Posted November 30, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine) by James DashnerThe Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #2
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Boys & Men, Science & Technology, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings, Computers, Computers & Digital Media
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780385741422
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four-stars

Reality just became a virtual nightmare in The Rule of Thoughts from MAZE RUNNER author James Dashner, the sequel to The Eye of Minds and the second book in the edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series.

Michael thought he understood the VirtNet, but the truth he discovered is more terrifying than anyone at VirtNet Security could have anticipated.

The cyber terrorist Kaine isn't human. It's a Tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael just completed the first step in turning Kaine's master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality. The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring Tangent minds. The VNS would like to pretend the world is perfectly safe, but Michael and his friends know that the takeover has already begun. And if they don't stop Kaine soon, it will be game over for humanity.

From the author who brought you the #1 New York Times bestselling MAZE RUNNER series and two #1 movies--The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials--comes an electrifying adventure that takes you into a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

“Everything he knew was a result of artificial intelligence. Manufactured data and memories. Programmed technology. A created life.”

The Rule of Thoughts is the second novel in James Dashner’s The Mortality Doctrine series. The story picks up right where the first book ended. Michael has figured out the mystery of the VirtNet,and Kaine’s masterplan. Now Michael has a new life to figure out, while he continues to attempt to thwart Kaine’s Mortality Doctrine. The clock is ticking before humanity becomes an endangered species, and in order to save them Michael will need a little help from his friends.

The Rule of Thoughts is a great sequel to The Eye of Minds. James Dashner kept the fast-paced thriller he introduced fans to in the first novel. In fact, I think there was even more action than in The Eye of Minds. I really enjoyed this novel. While it reminded me of other novels and films in the genre, yet was surprising enough to keep me interested. Michael is a unique protagonist, and what I enjoyed was how well-written Sarah and Bryson were this time around. Though those two shared many scenes with Michael in the first novel, I never really felt as if I knew who they were. Dashner fixed that problem in the second novel, and I was able to care about them more.

A new character, Gabriella, was introduced and I can’t wait to see how she adds to the story in the final book. She and Michael have a complicated relationship, and I’m curious to see if Dashner tries to link them romantically in the third book. If so, Gabby may have some competition in Sarah. Sarah and Michael got close at the end of The Eye of Minds, and their bond only grows stronger in The Rule of Thoughts. After reading two books in this series, I still feel that this is a better series than The Maze Runner, which I actually really enjoyed.

About James Dashner

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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