James Dashner: The Game of Lives

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E Helga and her cohorts have downloaded themselves into human bodies so they can be active in the real world but unlike Kaine they have no intention of permanently taking over their host bodies The mind of every person ejected from his or her body and replaced by a Tangent including Jackson Porter whom Michael was downloaded into by Kaine to kickstart the Mortality Doctrine program is fully intact in a virtual storage colony called the Hive and Helga promises they will be returned to their bodies as soon as Kaine s agenda is upended Very ittle of this makes sense to Michael how can Helga oppose Kaine by taking over bodies worsening the devastation Kaine has inflicted on VirtNet gamers worldwide How can Michael even be certain this is the real Helga considering Kaine s track record of cruel identity tricks The Helga he grew up nannied by was secretly a Tangent all along a figment of computer code The Mistress Diaries (Pembroke Palace, like him Now she s inside a human body and Michael has only her word that she s his Helga Michael can t trust anyone completely any but what choice does he have He can t combat Kaine if he decides reality is an endless parade of illusions and curls up in a ball and does nothing But Kaine is noonger the only Tangent Michael needs to worry about Others are on his trail and would eliminate Helga and her group without hesitation The Mortality Doctrine is the Tangents chance to make the The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl leap from formless code to biologicalife form and fulfill their ambition of becoming human Once a Tangent has entered a body who s to say they re not truly human As Michael collaborates with Sarah Bryson and Helga to find a chink in Kaine s virtual armor Tangents everywhere are drawn in their direction many determined to destroy them before they succeed Enemies Poisonous Snakes lurk in the human world too Agent Weber s behavior which grew progressively erratic throughout The Rule of Thoughts can noonger deny she has her own unsavory agenda though Michael and company have Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, little idea of her ultimate goal Is Weber a Tangent assisting Kaine with the Mortality Doctrine so other Tangents can begin displacing humans on a global scale or is her angle even sinister When Agent Weber calls for an international VNS strategy council to debate the issue Michael Sarah and Bryson attend in virtual form but the disturbing disruptions at the meeting only further erode their confidence in any authority claiming to oppose Kaine If they re to stop the Tangent from taking over the world they can t rely on Weber the VNS or any human organization Michael Sarah Bryson and Helga trust themselves and each other and together they believe they re capable of neutralizing Kaine once and for all When Michael finally uncovers the real game being played his intellectual swordplay with Weber and Kaine turns into aife or death battle of coding ingenuity and fast fingers reacting at high speed to attacks that could irretrievably erase Michael s consciousness and that of his friends Every intelligence organic or Tangent is still just a code and can be deleted with the right seuence of commands Fighting multiple enemies powerful enough to eradicate humanity Michael has only minutes then seconds to crack the code and deal his foes their mortal blow But even if he is successful what future does he have in a world where humans rule and any other form of intelligence is considered subhuman Does a happy ending exist for a Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey, lonesome Tangent in a simulated world barred from participating in realife There s always hope Always You just never know what Chore Whore life or death might bring I think we ve all seen that the world is aittle complicated than we ever could have imagined Helga The Game of Lives P 155 I won t argue if you say aspects of the Mortality Doctrine trilogy remain sketchy even after this book Several promising story threads ultimately go nowhere apparently forgotten But The Game of Lives packs an emotional wallop that makes those orphaned threads seem The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition less significant and that s why even though I m tempted to rate it two and a half stars I don t think I can justify givingess than a full three The strong emotions of The Game of Lives derive from the same place as those in The Eye of Minds and The Female of the Species left me nearly as shaken Love can feelike a package that always shows up at someone else s door a gift never addressed to you When you open your door one day to find that package waiting for you it s such a surprise that you suspect at first there may be some mistake This is true to an extreme degree for Michael who had any hope of Witch Week (Chrestomanci, love stolen from him with the revelation that he s a Tangent Every dream of falling inove marrying and starting his own family outlandish aspirations for a sentient string of computer code evaporated in that instant But maybe those dreams aren t Memory Boot Camp lost to Michael What is a human mind anyway What are the implications if a real person falls inove with a seuence of numbers designed to simulate a human being What if that seuence is coded to have a smart sense of humor attractive ambition is kindhearted and London Calling loves the real person in return Who judges what consciousnesses are or aren tegitimate Yet a Orchard Valley Grooms love that enters one sife right when they re needed most can be Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 lost in the violence of war and death is no small obstacle even in a world where code is rarely irreversibly destroyed only scatteredike cremated ashes we don t know how to reverse engineer But a heart that never gives up even when faced with the surety of a hopeless forever has a curious habit of transforming the impossible into the merely improbable An indomitable spirit will never give up on finding their Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, loved one anew restoring what seemed beyond any mortal to save And what could be human than that Michael deals with constant doubts about the nature of reality in The Game of Lives uncomfortably aware that existential certainty is at best an educated guess These uestions couldn t be personal for Michael as his own sentience is a matter of opinion But he has to proceed in the conviction that he s a real person or there s no point iniving and that s partly why he heatedly defends Helga in the early going of this book when his friends voice skepticism about her You don t have a clue what it s The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant like to be a Tangent We might be a bunch of code to you guys but I can t accept that There s to us I know it I m a person I have a mind I can think for myself and I don t care what anyone else saysAt some point you have to go with your heart He revisits that sentimentater in a moment alone with Sarah and Bryson swapping childhood memories Michael doesn t know if his memories actually happened in virtual reality or if they were simply programmed into his mind This deeply saddens him but he has to believe in his memories or he s One Girl One Dream lost I mean what s real and what s not he asks his two closest friends I guess I just have to decide that it happened His friends can t be any certain of Michael s nature than he is but they re willing to believe and Sarah is ready to do than have faith that Michael is a person I honestly don t know what you are but I know who you are And Iove you Michael I really do Roll your eyes all you want but whatever you areI m in The Amazing SAS love with him What gift means than aoved one s unshakeable faith in who we are when we aren t sure ourselves If we can never confirm the extent to which we occupy reality does anything matter than the recognition of people we The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter love I don t know no one does Existence is a riddle that for now ateast we haven t the means to solve Reality could be eternally complicated than we can conceive but even human hypotheses boggle the mind L’s passion But now every time Michael Sinks he risks his Broken Prophecy lifeThe games are over The VirtNet has become a world of deadly conseuences and Kaine grows stronger by the day The Mortality Doctrine Kaine’s master plan has nearly been realized andittle by ittle th.

Ho s to say what s real and what s not anyway Gabby Jackson Porter s girlfriend muses For all we know the Wake is just an even complicated program run by a bunch of aliens Or God Or both Maybe there s an infinite number of evels Maybe it gets rebooted every million years The burden of existential cognizance is heavy and will crush those who Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, labor beneath it forong Humans can t make much progress moving it but we can do our best to The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker love and open ourselves to receiveove in this Quadruplets On The Doorstep lifetime be generous toward others and prepare for whatever challenges and enhanced understanding may await in theife to come As Agent Weber might say that s the Game of Lives The Maze Runner series is probably better than the Mortality Doctrine trilogy but both perform at a high Luke level The Eye of Minds is the best installment of this trilogy but The Game of Lives scores points with its strong emotional undercurrent which pulls on the reader s heart until the final sentence of the book That s whatifts The Game of Lives from a moderately entertaining science fiction adventure to the ranks of meaningful The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane literature an experience that willinger with me for the rest of my A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy life Commercially successful as he is I consider James Dashner underrated as aiterary artist probably because of the simplicity of his writing He isn t a delicate The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning linguist an innovative architect of metaphor or a mind bending philosopher but he works in his own intense style with unfailing acumen and there aren t many authors I find rewarding to read The Mortality Doctrine is a transformative series and even a review of this depth can t entirely express what it means to me Il always be grateful we have James Dashner This was a fun series to read If you ike the Maze Runner series you will ove these booksThis was a nice conclusion and a uick read The story was well paced and had plenty of action to keep me interested Michael Sarah and Bryson are now tasked with saving every person who uses the Virtnet from having their bodies stolen by tangents They re still battling Kane but have a new villain as well James Dashner s writing is so interesting and just makes you want to read the book in one sitting I istened to the audiobooks and the narrator did a great job with subtle voice changes and making you feel ike you re inside the book Highly recommend these books I generally don t write reviews but this was the first book that I have ever given 1 to Granted I did not The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated love the first two books in the series but they were better than this The references to the code and coding just irked me I Loved the Maze Runner books part of the reason I gave this series a shot but after finishing the Rule of Thoughts about a year ago I was very underwhelmed I found myself cranking the read speed on my audible app to x3 just to get through it faster Not because I was enjoying it but because I wanted it to be over so I could move on If you want a good Tech Thriller read Daemon by Daniel Saurez If you want a fun video game adventure with alot of intrigue Ready Player One This series just did not do it for me Closest I have ever been to a DNF But I m stubborn and always finish what I start An ok end to the series I wasn t too into this final installment The concept is cool but the story itself was pretty boring I didn t really feel anyike or dislike for any of the characters and I skimmed and skipped at Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue least 30% without feeling that I d missed any of the important details I can t remember why I gave theast two books 4 stars because I don t remember much about them but I m not surprised to rate this final book so Silent Confessions low I had the same problem with The Maze Runner trilogy I m so disappointed I had waited for this book for a year and I hadoved the two other books in the series so much that I even recommended them to my friends I A Texas Holiday Miracle loved this world of codes and games and the fast pace of the bookThen I picked up The Game of LivesIt feltike someone else had written this book than the one who had written the previous two books The writing was just not working Every sentence on half a page could start with He and I felt 74 Seaside Avenue like a robot when reading My thoughts would drift away when reading and I wouldn t even care because I was so bored while reading it The different twists and deaths were so random it didn t feel connected at all And the ending what just happened How why and HOWIt took me 12 days to finish this book 12 DAYS I usually finish books in 3 5 days But I didn t even want to read the book and put it off all the time I couldn t even believe that I had finished it and could finally move on to another book That s how much I enjoyed itI never really hate any book I read so I m not saying I hated this but as it was not a fun reading at all And it makes me so sad because I reallyooked forward to reading the ending of this story that I had come to The Note love and these characters that felt so connected to each other But it failed to meet my expectations and what was once a story Ioved got twisted into something completely else Did really not expect this The Game of Lives is an amazing The Loving Gift last book for a seriesike the Mortality Doctrine series James Dashner captures trust action and even a The Wildcatter little bit ofove and emotion into the story In the story Michael s heart gets completely broken when one of his best friends and to be girlfriend dies I can relate to what he is feeling because I also Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, lost someone really close to me once because of death I was able to really feel what Michael was feeling during the scene and it made me picture Michael in a completely different way for the rest of the story Originally posted on Fables Library Well everyoneit s over One of my most anticipated books of the year is done I just finished it maybe I cried a few tears maybe I sat in awe for a few seconds Maybebut it s now over What I Liked Everything about The Game of Lives rose the stakes There were bigger battles and bigger conseuences The final battle was by far my favorite it was chilling horrifying awesome all at once James Dashner wrote theast battle so well you could see the scene Her Nine Month Confession like it was a movie The whole series wasike one AWESOME action movie in my head and that s why I LOVED this series so much Some parts where uite eerie because people now know who Michael is and how they react to that is uite creepy One of my FAVORITE things about The Game of Lives was the fact that the main characters kept making The Maze Runner jokes I thought it was so cool and funny They said they were A Southern Reunion like Cranks and thingsike that and I Let It Go loved that aot The Games of Lives brings a whole bunch of new virtual reality ideas to the table Kaine s evil plan is genius and a bit terrifying all at once His mission is something I didn t see coming it would be interesting if it happened in our world and was Charade of Hearts like I said new His idea was good but crazy all at once because of multiple reasons What I Didn t Like Sadly The Game of Lives was a bit slow and boring at times Their conversationsasted FOREVER and it was slow Other than that I LOVED it In A Nutshell Originally I was going to give The Game of Lives three stars out of five But once the ending hit and I closed the The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue last page Iooked up at the world and almost cried The ending was perfect I couldn t have asked for a better closing that s why I gave it four stars out of five I highly recommend this series and this book but it s best if you start with book one you should so give it a try My feeling with any Dasher series that I ve read is that he can t sustain the story His first books are great and the rest just seem to fall apar. E Toward a Better Life line separating the virtual from the real is blurring If Kaine succeeds it will mean worldwide cyber domination And itooks ike 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

It was action packed with a great ending to the trilogy cracks knuckles Ok et s do thisThis is uite possibly the worst book I have ever forced myself to read I enjoyed the first book of the series because the plot held most of my attention but the second book was much Schaums Outline of Microbiology, Second Edition less exciting I noticed issues in that one than I did in the first simply because the plot did not hold my attention Then there s this third book It took every ounce of willpower I have just to finish it and I can t say that I m happy I made myself do it This book was so poorly written that I m stuck wondering how on Earth it even got published in the first place It s riddled with awful similes bad prose annoying and underdeveloped characters and a plot that honestly just does not make senseLet s begin with the dialogueEvery character soundsike that token teenager in every young adult novel nowadays that is filled to the brim with snark and wit Michael Snarky Bryson Too much snark Sarah Yet snark It got to the point that all three of them sounded the same I can understand having one character who uses witty comebacks just to add dynamic to the dialogue but having all three main characters use it Way too much to handle I think it s safe to say that this is a trope that just needs to go ahead and die Moving on to the horrible similesIt seemed to me that every other page contained at After the Rubicon least one bad simile It s bad enough that there were a handful of similes to begin with as they are not the tool of a good writer but it got to the point of ridiculousness The comparisons being madeegitimately made my head hurt It made a sick suelching sound A Prescription for Murder like that of a knife sticking into flesh I m pretty sure knives don t suelch The pain wasike acid on a wound It didn t hurt just ike a wound or just ike acid It had to be acid ON a wound He cleared his throat into the microphone and it was Accounting for Taste like thunder crackling from the giant speakers Theist goes on and on After the first couple chapters on simile after simile I was begging for Dashner to use any other type of figure of speech maybe a metaphor A small hyperbole But no the similes won out dominating the entire book I was all I could do to keep from screaming every time another one popped upNext the proseRegardless of the horrible and overused similes and annoying dialogue this book just was not written well The prose hurt to read I Anarchist Modernism legitimately feltike I was reading something written by a high schooler for a creative writing assignment The sentences didn t flow together there were fragments EVERYWHERE and there was no change in the types of sentences used which meant there was no excitement or dynamic while reading Every sentence was a simple sentence I almost forgot that compound and complex sentences existed There were multiple times where I think Dashner forgot commas existed because he would just An Audience of Artists list things off without using them They wereIt was blank and blank and blank I can understandisting things this way once for effect but using this type of A Dogs Head listing for everyist in the book is just bad grammar There was even one instance where Dashner switched tenses mid sentence something even an amateur writer knows not to do It was also super repetitive Every couple paragraphs would state the same thing over and over as if he was afraid the reader wouldn t remember that the room was dark or that Michael was acting on instinct without thinkingFinally the plotI think it s safe to say that absolutely nothing in this book s plot made any sense Any plot holes were covered up simply by Michael s super extraordinary ability to manipulate the code Have to get to this place that is almost impossible to get to normally He can manipulate the code Need to rebuild entire The History of Cartography, Volume 3 levels just to survive in a decaying world Code Gotta beat the evil VNSeader and stop her monster from killing people Don t worry guys Michael just His Virgin Secretary learned how to better manipulate the code just in the nick of time Have to rebuild my girlfriend who DIED because 1 she wouldn tisten to her parents something that really bothered me and 2 I wouldn t stand down from the insane guy with a gun No problem I ve miraculously found all of her code even though it was spread out across the VirtNet in teeny tiny pieces Other that every single problem being fixed by Michael s ridiculous coding abilities there were a Bachelors and Bunnies lot of other things that didn t make sense Weber switching from someone who was basically sane to someone with multiple personality disorder Kaine actually having a human body in the real world where he changed from this terrifying all powerfuleader to a sniveling beggar who would completely walk away from everything virtual just Both Hands Tied like that and this whole true death business I m sorry not true death THE true death It sike THE Ohio State University the phrase was never used without the word the in front of it So many things were just there in the world without having a good or Bread of Dreams logical explanationOverall this book was boring the characters were almost all the same the plot holes were repeatedly filled with the same stupid fix and the technical writing was just awful I don t give 1ightly but in my opinion this book definitely deserves it Few people have a Beth Sholom Synagogue legitimately brilliant mind but the seeds of genius were always evident in James Dashner and his Mortality Doctrine trilogy had perhaps the greatest potential of any series he wrote Theine between reality and fiction is so blurred in these novels that the two are indistinguishable gaming technology having advanced to the point that we re Calvinists Incorporated left uestioning the authenticity of ourife experiences Are our joys and sorrows our own the purely organic result of the decisions we make the people we hurt or bless through our actions Or could they be the elaborate imaginings of a Building Ideas loftier mind or a mind eual or inferior to ours but with a vantage point so much higher than we can perceive that we have no hope of ever sensing its presence of realizing that ourives are only the whimsical storytelling of an external creative mind Are we real people sprung inexplicably to Betting on Ideas life from the ether of our universe or just characters whose maddening inability to permanently change our core ualities when we want to can be blamed on ultimate control belonging to a higher entity that pulls our strings and commands us to dance and we have no choice but to obey True reality whatever that may be if it empirically exists is always in doubt in the Mortality Doctrine series and as the plot progresses through The Eye of Minds then The Rule of Thoughts and proceeds to its finale in The Game of Lives pressure mounts with the certainty that mega revelations are set to detonate the world we think we know How profoundly can James Dashner shock us between the covers of a novel We re about to discover the answer It s a miracleife Don t you think A group of cells reproducing with such precision that they become what you are today A full grown person walking talking running jumping eating dancing sleeping Kaine The Game of Lives P 200 Despondent as Michael Sarah and Bryson were at the conclusion of the previous book when their attempt to destroy the Tangent Kaine s central programming failed and they were instead set up to wreck the VirtNet Security VNS online system The Rule of Thoughts did not end with them in jail Under orders from Michael s Tangent childhood nanny Helga Sarah s parents broke into Cahokia lockup and freed the three hacker teens spiriting them to safety among Helga and her underground coalition of Tangents dedicated to defeating Kaine s Mortality Doctrine experiment Like Kain. Michael used toive to gameNow 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 Michae.

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James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series He also published a series beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS with a small publisher several years ago He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains