Review: The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

Genre: Science Fiction, Action Age Level: Young Adult Series: The Mortality Doctrine #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Age Level: Young Adult
Series: The Mortality Doctrine #2

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.


Seeing how I have no clue what was really going on, I’m having a hard time coming up with something to say.  Well, that’s not exactly true, I have things to say, just not a lot of things that make sense.

In a lot of ways, The Rule of Thoughts was better than The Eye of Minds. There is finally some character development and I liked how Michael’s friendship with Sarah and Bryson keeps evolving. The plot is constantly exciting and moves at a lightning fast pace. There is always something crazy happening and despite the fact that you expect something to happen, it still takes you by surprise. The Rule of Thoughts is plotted more like an action movie than the quest style of The Eye of Minds and contains tons of crazy stunts and chase scenes.

There were some philosophical undertones as well pertaining to the distinction between virtual and real. How different is the human mind to that on an AI? Just because a place is virtual does that make it any less real? I found it all quite fascinating and think the book is a very interesting look at a potential future.

The ending of the book is a series of twists, and though not as monumental as the twist in the first book, they are just as mind blowing. They left me completely unsure about anything I’d just read for things that I’d taken as fact turned out to be nothing but a conjecture on my part. I have a million questions in my head and nothing adds up. I’m unable to even make any predictions about the next book except that it’s going to be trippy.

If you liked the first one, Dashner doesn’t disappoint. If you’re new to the series you should definitely check it out!

Other books in the series: 

The Eye of Minds – Book 1

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!



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