The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, Book Two)

Book 2 of 3 in the Mortality Doctrine Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.278290
From James Dashner, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling MAZE RUNNER series, comes the second book in the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, an edge-of-your-seat cyber-adventure trilogy that includes The Eye of Minds and The Game of Lives.

Includes a sneak peek of The Fever Code, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Maze Runner series—the novel that finally reveals how the Maze was built!

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.

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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on August 26, 2014 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385741413
ISBN-13: 9780385741415
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  • popularmmos21
    popularmmos21Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:26 am
    Best book ever read it
    • hiii1248
      hiii1248Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:09 pm55 stars
      Right now great book
      • pizzaman97
        pizzaman97Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:32 am
        Books can tell us things about the world around us. This is the case in the science-fiction novel the Rule of Thought by James Dashner. This book is the sequel to The Eye of Minds and if you have not read that book this book won’t make sense. The Rule of Thought is a great follow-up to the Eye of Minds. This book can make you really think about the decisions that the characters make. The rule of thought is a tremendous book I would rate it a five out of five. The book starts off with Michael discovering that he is human and what Kaine did to him. Michael realizes that he has taken on the life of Jackson Porter. Michael feels very guilty about stealing Jackson's life but he realizes that it wasn't his choice. Later, some of Kaines workers try to bring in Michael but Michael escapes and realizes that he needs to disappear if he wants to protect himself from Kaine. Michael erases Jackson Porters identity and creates a new fake identity. This was a hard decision for Michael because he felt guilty for taking over Jackson Porter's life and then erasing him from existence. Also, Michael realizes that he needs to find Sarah and Bryson so that the three of them can figure out what to do about Kaine. First Michael find Sarah and when he does it doesn't not go as smoothly as expected. Sarah and Michael have never met before in person because before Michael was turned into a human he was a tangent. Additionally, Sarah's parents were a little suspicious of Michael because they thought he may have been working for Kaine. Eventually, Sarah and Michael go into the Virtnet to try and find Bryson. It takes them a little while but eventually they contact Bryson and set up a rendezvous. When the three of them get together they think that they should lay low for awhile but eventually realize that that is not going to get anything done. They know that they need to contact the VNS to help them take down Kaine. The three friends take a bus to Atlanta where the VNS headquarters is located. This was another time in the book where the characters faced a tough decision. The characters had the choice to stay out of the problem or to step up to stop Kaine. From there they go to break into the VNS headquarters and realize that no one is there eventually they are found inside the headquarters by agent Weber. Agent Weber briefs them on the situation and explains to them the VNS plan of attack. Agent Weber explains to them that they need to find Kaine’s central programming and since Kaine is a tangent if they destroy his central programming then it will destroy him as well. Will Michael, Bryson and Sarah be up to the challenge or will Kaine have the upper hand you must read the Rule of Thought by James Dashner to find out. James Dashner has written lots of other great books including the Maze Runner Series. If you like science fiction and advanced technology then you would love the Rule of Thought by James Dashner.
        • sailormanenzo
          sailormanenzoTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:06 am55 stars
          I really really want to read this book because it is from the same author of The Maze Runner series.