The Rule Of Thoughts (the Mortality Doctrine, Book Two)

Hardcover | August 26, 2014

byJames Dashner

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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.
 
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

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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...

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but no...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.9 × 1.14 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385741413

ISBN - 13:9780385741415

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazinv The book was an amazing sequel to the first and almost made me cry that the next one wasnt out yet!!!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ending Was Worth It An exciting and thrilling sequel to the semi-boring The Eye of Minds. The Rule of Thoughts takes the world James Dashner has created in The Eye of Minds and turns it on its head. I find that most sequels are bogged down with extreme world building, but The Rule of Thoughts does its world building in an unconventional way. Because Michael now has a human body, a lot of the story takes place in the Wake so it allows the reader to see the world outside the VirtNet that was described in the first novel. This expands the world to what is beyond the VirtNet and allows the reader to get a feeling for why people spend so much of their lives inside this video game reality. The first bit of the novel lagged a little, but once Michael was on the run it picked up its pace and became a page turner. Unlike with Dashner's other work, specifically The Kill Order (prequel to The Maze Runner series), which I found to move extremely quickly with no time to comprehend the scenario between action sequences, The Rule of Thoughts has much better pacing and timing. There is enough time between heavy action sequences for the characters and reader alike to think about their previous actions and decide what to do next. It also didn't let the characters sit around for too long without having to face some sort of moral question or dilemma before moving onto the next problem. They had to make quick decisions, find out the consequences, and figure out where to go from there immediately. I found the book pretty predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It made the reader question what it is to be human, to be real, and to wonder if everything is just a layer of dreams. Sort of like Inception. I will definitely be picking up the next novel when it comes out. Overall: 3.5/5 stars. Such a good pace to this novel and I really liked the moral dilemmas that the characters faced. AND THAT ENDING.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cliffhangers So mny cliffhangers and jump scares
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite grassping and a good read I really liked how the book always kept you on the edg of your seet with a completly new suprise that would leav you wanting to read more. Although the suorises were really cool they would somtimes have almost too many and the plot-main goal would chaing too many times through out the first and second book But it did not get in the way alot. Over all it was a great read I thiughthe first book was a little better but this was still a great read. I woud recomend form ages 10 too 14 but its diffrent for every person, pleas read.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great sequel!! This book is just as interesting as the first one. It is full of cliff hangers and i can't wait until the next book comes out!! :)
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A great book it was masterfully written.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book, Incredible Series! I bought this book at the start of September and absolutely loved it. The first book in the series, Eye Of Minds, was a bit better. But this is still a thrilling book. Can't wait till the Game of Lives comes out next year!!
Date published: 2014-09-30

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Editorial Reviews

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 SelectionA YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick