Book Review: The Rule of Thoughts (YA)

The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2) by James Dashner

Goodreads Summary:
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.

I read The Eye of Minds in June 2014, and I didn’t re-read it before reading this book. I didn’t love the first book, but it held my interest (3 stars). When I was working on my A to Z survey and remembered that I hadn’t finished this series, I got the second book from the library right away because I needed an audiobook for my car.

I had recommended The Eye of Minds to Jim last year because it’s kind of similar to Ready Player One although not nearly as good. I thought if he was going to read the series, then I should finish it as well, so we could discuss. He has the first book, but he hasn’t started it yet.

My Review:
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.

My Rating: 2 Stars
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