Showing posts with label James Dashner. Show all posts
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Monday, November 16, 2015

ARC Review: The Game of Lives by James Dashner

The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine, #3)Title: The Game of Lives
Author: James Dashner
Source/Format: First In Line (won), Bound ARC
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, November 17, 2015

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are...
The game isn’t just a game when it crosses over into reality…

Oh man, the VirtNet with its full-experience virtual reality, sheesh, so much happened. There were so many changes that seemed to happen at once. It was kind of awesome.

The Game of Lives was truly a fitting title for this book, because, well, there were a lot of lives at stake on a mass scale. All of the little plot points from The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts  came together in a book that I found to be a good ending to the trilogy.

Suffice to say, I finally got my answers.

Once again, this book picks up right where the last one ended with Michael and his friends caught up in the issue surrounding the VirtNet, which had spilled over into the real world. These events were less than quiet, and had a pretty big impact on the story. I had my suspicions about a few of the characters—just based off of what happened in The Rule of Thoughts—and I had a few things right, but not the entire picture. In that aspect, the villains were written pretty well. Considering the themes throughout the trilogy, the motivation behind their actions fit with the story overall.

So, yeah, the plot was pretty exciting. The Mortality Doctrine was something I consistently had some questions about and I got those answers though it wasn’t what I expected. The idea behind it was pretty interesting.

The ending was nice. The resolution was a little quick but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. I’m still not sure if the Maze Runner would be my kind of series, but honestly I enjoyed The Mortality Doctrine Trilogy. It had some faults along the way, but overall the conclusion was great and I liked the trilogy as a whole.

This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (publisher) for this review, thank you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)Title: The Rule of Thoughts
Author: James Dashner 
Source/Format: First In Line (won), Hardback
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, August 26, 2014

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.  Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down. He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears. Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage 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. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun...
For the better part of this week, I was in a bit of a reading rut. I read two books that I ended up disliking back-to-back last weekend that ruined my enthusiasm to pick up another book. But I wanted to finish this series. So I read The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner, which happened to be the perfect way to get back into reading.

The Rule of Thoughts picked up right where The Eye of Minds left off, following Michael as he’s essentially forced to deal with the events from the end of the last book. His life has changed drastically and he has to immediately deal with those major changes while questioning parts of his life, with good reason. I liked his reaction and range of emotion as he tried to adjust.

This book was good and I liked it better than The Eye of Minds. It wasn’t predictable to me this time around. There were a lot of things that happened that I didn’t even suspect. And that’s a good thing. The plot had some pretty good pacing as the main characters—Michael, Sarah, and Bryson—dived back into the VirtNet to once again try and solve the problems surrounding the virtual reality. But the stakes were significantly higher considering the fact that what was once purely virtual, contained perfectly within the VirtNet, started to cross over. That part of the concept was good and handled well. It happened to be one of my favorite parts of the story.

The characters were all pretty good, though a few of them were questionable. The VNS has been pretty secretive, so I want to know more about them as well as Kaine who made a pretty good villain. The ending left me with a lot of questions and I look forward to finishing this trilogy.
This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (publisher) for this review, thank you!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Friday 56 (43) The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Synopsis from Goodreads...

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.  Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down. He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears. Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage 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. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun...


The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)"Sarah was up off the couch, moving before Michael could grab her. She was across the room, heading for the kitchen, Michael on her heels."--The Rule of Thoughts  by James Dashner


What are you reading this week?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

The Eye of MindsTitle: The Eye of Minds
Author: James Dashner
Source/Format: First In Line (Won), Paperback
More Details: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher/Publication Date: Ember, October 8, 2013

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

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 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 one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever...
I have never read a book by James Dashner, until now that is. I wasn’t too interested in the Maze Runner trilogy for various reasons, but as it turns out I liked The Eye of Minds, it was entertaining.

The main characters—Michael, Sarah, and Bryson—spend the majority of the book in the VirtNet, a virtual reality that has a complete experience. For example, if the player got hurt then they would feel the pain, almost as if it were real. So in that way, the concept was kind of cool. But the idyllic VirtNet with its many activities, was plagued by its own problems, which took center stage from early on, and continued to effect the story as the characters worked to unravel the mystery—they, of course, had sufficient motivation to give it their all.

The Eye of Minds was a fun story even thought there were some details I had issues with—like descriptions of some people—that I didn’t enjoy at all. Parts of the story were a little too predictable, but overall it was alright. And since I have the whole trilogy literally sitting on my desk, this is a series I will be finishing. Because, honestly, after that ending, I really am curious about what’s in store for the characters next.
This copy of the book was provided by First In Line (Publisher) for this review, thank you!

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Friday 56 (40) The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Synopsis from Goodreads...

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 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 one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever...

The Eye of Minds"Cutter glared. "Laugh all ya want. I'm not the one who needs something. Last I remember, that was you.""--The Eye of Minds by James Dashner




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