Review

Review: The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine #3) by James Dashner

livesMichael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life.

The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life.

The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.


The third, and final, book in the Mortality Doctrine trilogy lived up to its promises. It is twisty, thought provoking, action packed, and exciting. It has perhaps the most depth out of the three and wraps things up nicely.

Everything comes to a head; there is no more running. Michael steps up to confront his enemies – but it’s not exactly clear who’s who. There are many players and many sides, each with their own goals. The scariest villains are always the ones who genuinely believe they are helping the world. Ultimately though, the Mortality Doctrine must be destroyed. It becomes more than a little convoluted, setting the stage for some interesting twists.

The Game of Lives also provides an interesting look at immortality and critiques people’s dependence on technology through glimpses of a potential future. You are also asked to think about what it means to be human and how real your reality is.

My only complaint is that at times the story dragged, and at others, unnecessary action was tacked on to make an intense scene even more crazy. I wish the plot could have been a little tighter and flow a little more naturally.  But it’s a fun read nonetheless.

As I expected, it ends leaving you feeling slightly creeped out and a little confused.

Recommended.

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