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!

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