The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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.
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The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine Series #2)

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Overview

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.

Praise for The Eye of Minds, Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series

“More realistic and addictive than any video game—The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!”—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
 
“A gripping page-turner, Dashner’s latest is sure to please.”—BookPage
 
“Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages."—fanboynation.com
 
 “An adrenaline rush.”—School Library Journal

“In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book.”—Booklist

“High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."-VOYA

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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In The Eye of Minds, the exciting series opener by Maze Runner author James Dashner, cyber-player Michael successfully completed his assignment, but discovered that his mission had only begun. In this standalone sequel, this talented young man copes with the emerging reality of a sentient computer program taking over the world, one body at a time. Worth the rush to the registers.

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Beginning where The Eye of Minds (Delacorte, 2013) left off, The Rule of Thoughts finds Michael reeling from the knowledge that he is—or was—a Tangent: a nonhuman string of code that lived only in the VirtNet. Thanks to Kaine's experiments, Michael now possesses the body and mind of human Jax Porter, and he is doing his best to process what has happened. He realizes that Kaine is out to get him and that Agent Weber, from VirtNet Security, isn't going to protect him as promised. Michael/Jax reunites with Sarah and Bryson and the "Trifecta to Dissect-ya" heads back into the Sleep, to code and hack their way to find answers. As in The Eye of Minds, Dashner's action-packed short chapters are divided into numbered sections. The gamers leap from one dangerous situation to another in the Wake and in the virtual reality of Lifeblood Deep. Dashner's descriptions are screenplay-ready, with Portals in malls, virtual battles, and a giant purple Ray of Power. This book will satisfy the author's fans, reluctant readers, and gamers in search of an adrenaline rush. Suggest to fans of Debra Driza's "Mila 2.0" trilogy (HarperCollins) and William Campbell Powell's stand-alone Expiration Day (Tor, 2014). This title will please older teens comfortable with a slower narrative pace.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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Praise for The Rule of Thoughts, book two in the Mortality Doctrine series:

"[An] excellent sequel...smartly paced and paired with well-balanced characters that feel real."-Kirkus Reviews

"An exhilarating adventure story with touches of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game."-Booklist.com

"Dashner's descriptions are screenplay-ready...This book will satisfy the author’s fans...[and readers] in search of an adrenaline rush."-School Library Journal

Praise for The Eye of Minds, book one in the Mortality Doctrine series:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A YALSA Teen Top Ten Pick

"A gripping page-turner, Dashner's latest is sure to please."-BookPage

"Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages."-fanboynation.com

"An adrenaline rush."-School Library Journal

"In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book."-Booklist

"High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation."-Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
When Michael wakes he discovers he crossed the boundary between the virtual world and the real world. Although created as an artificial intelligence program in a digital environment—VirtNet—Michael’s consciousness somehow takes over the mind and body of an actual teenager. Now he must find his best friends, Sarah and Bryson, whom he has only met in the VirtNet, to help stop Kaine, a maniacal AI bent on taking over the real world. The three friends must jump back into the VirtNet and use all their coding skills to stop Kaine from spreading. Dashner maintains a steady, upbeat pace as he unravels an interesting plot that weaves in an out of two places: the real and virtual world. Readers will find themselves attracted to the characters, rooting for Michael’s budding relationship with Sarah, and questioning what makes reality real. Yet, despite the novel’s techy context, any teenager even remotely familiar with coding will cringe at the outdated renditions of what it means to be a computer programming hacker. It seems Dashner dug deep into the eighties to pull off this sci-fi thriller of wading through a virtual environment by physically manipulating code in a matter of minutes to accomplish overly ambitious feats. Fortunately, Dashner makes up for this flaw with masterful storytelling—as one would expect from the writer of The Maze Runner. Those interested in this novel will be happy to learn that it is only the second part of the “Mortality Doctrine” series. Reviewer: Remy Dou; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Etienne Vallee
Michael is the first Tangent to become human. He was unaware that he was a computer program until Kaine, a Tangent villain who controls the VirtualNet, told him. Now in Jackson Park’s body in the real world, Michael is hunted down by Kaine’s agents. His only hope is reuniting with Sarah and Bryson so they can put an end to Kaine’s plans. When artificial intelligence and virtual reality are so good that they are indistinguishable from the real deal, whom can the trio trust? Is reality even “real,” or is it simply another computer simulation? Michael is running out of time to discover the truth, and it may very well cost him the human life he just gained. Dashner has once again written a gripping tale that picks up immediately where Eye Of Minds (Random House, 2013/Voya December 2013) left off. The book is well written, and the plot, pitting three teenagers against an all-powerful entity, is well executed (if not new). The action is nonstop, and the characters never have time to reflect on the events in which they are involved, yet they are well fleshed-out and their motivations are clear. A small element of romance is inserted, with the possible emergence of a love triangle between the characters. Readers who enjoyed Eye Of Minds or the Maze Runner trilogy will devour this volume and clamor for the third part, as the action ends in a cliff-hanger. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Eric DuBois
After a nonexistent introduction and virtually no action, The Rule Of Thoughts dives into the thrilling story of the “Trifecta to Dissect-ya” and their adventures as they try to destroy the untouchable Kaine. Once the story line develops, readers will be unwilling to put the book down until they have read the final plot twist. This book shares ideas of technological immersion similar to those in Brain Jack by Brian Faulkner (Random House, 2010/Voya December 2010). Reviewer: Eric DuBois, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
A trio of gaming teens battles a corrupt computer program that is hellbent on leading a virtual army into our reality. Upon completing the Path in The Eye of Minds (2013), Michael discovered he's nothing more than a Tangent, a stray bit of computer code that has gained sentience. Now downloaded into the brain of teenager Jackson Porter, Michael must find his friends and get ahead of Kaine, the villainous Tangent that has discovered the ability to invade the real world by corrupting human bodies with Tangent consciousnesses. Dashner has created an excellent sequel, filled with propulsive character development and a self-contained emotional arc woven through plot threads that properly lead to future installments. The escalation in plotting is smartly paced and paired with well-balanced characters that feel real rather than just character types. The author's use of nifty technobabble goes a long way in describing a future that, refreshingly, is not dystopian in any way. Amid a sea of trilogies and series devoid of imagination or smarts, the Mortality Doctrine stands tall by having both in equal measure. This episode does end on a cliffhanger, but the enjoyable ride and arresting scenario make it easy to swallow. An excellent franchise entry that proves planned series can be just as enjoyable as one-offs. (Science fiction. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375984648
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Mortality Doctrine Series, #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 4,552
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

James Dashner

James Dashner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series as well as the books in the 13th Reality series and The Infinity Ring. He is also the author of the Mortality Doctrine series, which includes The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit JamesDashner.com or follow @jamesdashner on Twitter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Cant wait

    Im so excited and tired i love the ferst book so much that i made a comment before it came out omg james dashner your the best writer ever your my hero i bet this book will be awsome cant wait till it comes out :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    Shrek

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    =)

    Best series EVER!!!! You should totally buy this book!
    #mikethespike #trifectatodissectya

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    This book is amazing!!!!

    This book is so mindblowing. I love all of James Dasner's books. He is the best author and his stories are the king of all stories. His book dominate any other book I have read. You should also read the maze runner series if you have not it is an amazing book too.
    @MikeTheSpike

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Rule of thoughts

    Can't waot for the book get it out now

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Excellent!

    My Grandson who loves to read started reading it right after his gifts
    were opened. He finished the next before we left for home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Love them.

    I love your books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Free pink ipod

    Kiss your hand 3 times then look under your pillow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Hu

    Kiss your hand three times post this on three different books and look under you pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    YES ITS HERE NOW

    Finnaly the second book is out. This series is he most thrilling, exciting books i have ever read. Hruah for Dashner, author and excitor.

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    Posted April 2, 2015

    To i wanna know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2015

    Kiss ur hands three times therepost the on other reviews 3 time then look under ur pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2015

    Amazing

    James Dashner has done it again by writing a breath taking, nerve wrecking, on the egde of your seat novel that leaves you wanting more. This series doesnt get nearly enough credit for how truly phonomanal it is. Im extremely ecxited for the next book in this series a long with the scorch trails movie both coming out this fall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2015

    Justin Moer

    Im really glad that James Dashner decided to keep going on this series. I actually think that this series is better than "The Maze Runner". I just hope he continues on this series with a thurd book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Love it

    Love it

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    Posted January 15, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    Wow Waaaaaat

    I was not expekting the end!!!!!!! It is a veary good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2014

    i wanna know i only have sample but iy sounds good

    Should i get it

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    Posted November 24, 2014

    Derpy

    Boss

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    Posted November 14, 2014

    Nice

    Good book

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