The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine Series #2)

The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine Series #2)

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by James Dashner
     
 

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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

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

Editorial 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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Praise for the Mortality Doctrine Series:

“Dashner takes full advantage of the Matrix-esque potential for asking ‘what is real.’” —io9.com
 
“Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.” —MTV.com
 
“A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.” —Christian Science Monitor

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

“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
 
"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

“Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages.”—fanboynation.com

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

A YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385741415
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Mortality Doctrine Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
63,362
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit jamesdashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Grandson who loves to read started reading it right after his gifts were opened. He finished the next before we left for home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series EVER!!!! You should totally buy this book! #mikethespike #trifectatodissectya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love your books
Anonymous 7 days ago
THE BOOK IS AMAZING
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theimpossiblegirl More than 1 year ago
Incredible book. James Dashner draws the reader in well with his writing style. This series has a great concept and remains intriguing the whole way through.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is pretty good but the concept is kind of copying the matrix,in the matrix the computers are evil.in the rule of thoughts kaine is evil,he is also a computer program.see what i mean?
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I almost stopped listening to this book many times. I probably should have. It begins with a big reveal, but after that there isn't much plot. Michael, Sarah, and Brycen, three teenage gamer friends, do a lot of running around in the real world and inside the VirtNet (virtual reality type Internet). They're trying to save the world from Kaine, a computer program "tangent" that's become sentient and is trying to escape the code via The Mortality Doctrine. The premise is pretty cool, but the execution falls seriously short for me. The book is overly description and full of obvious or cheesy statements that literally made me groan. There is almost no progression of the overall plot of the series in this book. I found that I just didn't care about the characters. There's not a lot of interpersonal relationships in this story and zero romance. Maybe I really do need some romance to truly enjoy a book? Or maybe just less melodrama. I will not be finishing this series. And I think I'm finished with James Dashner. His Maze Runner series also left me wanting more. http://www.momsradius.com/2015/12/book-review-rule-of-thoughts-ya.html
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Guys stop with the ipod and ipad thing because u know it won't work and you don't even know where the person lives and u don't know who the person is who posted the review
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And once again, James Dashner has blown my frickin mind away with his writing. You can bet your butt I'll be buying the next book. November couldn't come faster. Go Dashner! I love your writing! Keep up the good work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series James Dasher has ever made so far!!!
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Rip and slay
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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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