Book Review: The Rule of Thoughts

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

Rating4 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: James Dashner
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Series: The Mortality Doctrine
Genre: YA/SCIFI/Fantasy
Pages: 325
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Michael was not himself.

Blurb from Goodreads: 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.


This book…this whole series so far has awakened my mind to so many possibilities. Actually, it has just kicked my overactive imagination into overdrive. This whole book had me on the edge of my seat. Micheal has a new body, he knows he is a tangent, was never human, some human created him. Can you imagine waking up in a body you don’t recogonize and then being told that you were never human, you were just a program that has been downloaded into someone’s hijacked mind?

Then he goes off to find his friends and finds himself in even more trouble. Now the cops are out to get him, Kaine is out for him, and he can’t trust anyone but his two friends. And let’s not mention all the tangents now riding around in human bodies.

What has happened to the world?!

I will tell you, I have been listening to this, as I do a book a month. On my way home, through the last chapter, I thought I was going to have to pull over on the side of the road. The last chapter is such a whirlwind of “OMG!” The end of this book had me wishing it was March and I had another audible credit, because I can’t afford another audio book right now. I was so ready to tear into the next book. I want to know what happens and how this is all going to go down. Will Michael get to keep the body he is in or will he go back to being a tangent? Will he finally fall to Kaine’s demands? Will he fall in love with Sarah? Come on, if you have read any of this series you are hoping it happens! Or is it just me?


Book Review: The Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Rating5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: James Dashner

Release Date: October 8th 2013

Series: The Mortality Doctrine

Genre: YA/SciFi/Dystopian/Fiction

Pages: 308

Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Buy it : Amazon


First Line: Michael Spoke against the wind, to a girl named Tanya

Blurb from Goodreads: An all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure from James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series,The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.



I went into this hoping for something as good as the first book in the Maze Runner series. I was very surprised to find that I enjoyed this book. Throughout the book you can tell there is something that Michael is completely missing but his mind is so focused on keep his friends safe as they track down Kaine, he doesn’t see what is right in front of him.

Don’t worry; I won’t ruin the surprise for you.

I loved the relationship between Michael and his friends, Sarah, and Bryson. Even though it was never said, it was obvious that these three friends were closer than most. It was obvious that they knew everything about each other. I love friendships like that and I so wish I had one like that myself.

The only complaint I do have about the story itself is that there are moments where Dashner seems to drag out a scene and since I was listening to this book, I would zone out and stop listening. Of course this resulted in me having to rewind the book so I could find out what I had just missed.

I have another complaint but it is more about the narrator than the story itself. It was narrated by Erick Davies, and while his voice is soothing, I felt like it was just too boring for the book that I was trying to listen to. I just didn’t care for the narrator. It looks like I need to get used to his voice though, because he narrates the second and probably the third books too. It’s not so bad that I want to stop listening; it just gets a little aggravating at times.