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Saturday, December 26, 2015


TITLE: The Game of Lives
AUTHOR: James Dashner
SERIES: The Mortality Doctrine #3
RELEASE DATE: November 17th 2015
RELEASED BY: Delacorte Press
SOURCE: Publisher for review


This game might just kill you.

Michael used to live to game. Now 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. 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.

Other books in the series:

The Game of Lives picks up right where the second book, The Rule of Thoughts, left off. In this sequel, Michael and friends are joined by an army of Tangents in their quest to destroy the Mortality Doctrine and to defeat the VNS and Kaine. The stakes are raised to an all-time high when countless of Tangents are one by one becoming sentient with the sole purpose of wreaking havoc onto the real world, with the VNS consequently trying to eliminate all Tangents that have taken the human bodies and giving them the True Death.

In terms of the way the story is handled, “action-packed” doesn’t even begin to cut it. I’ll be damned if I say that I didn’t love it. However, despite all those earthshattering events that happened in the book, it actually took me a longer time to finish this. I struggled in the beginning. I thought the start was action-packed but uneventful at the same time. But, with the appearance of new and returning characters, as well as the non-dwindling rise in action, my excitement for what awaits the trio eventually came back full force and before I know it, I was already close to the ending. Needless to say, there were so many things that happened in this book that other than my initial problem, it literally had me turning the pages and scanning the words faster than ever.

As usual, my most favourite thing in this book is Bryson. He is even funnier in this book and I love that Michael’s sarcasm is showing. I love Michael and Bryson’s friendship but if I’m not sure about what to make of Sarah as a member of their bff-ship, I am more weirded out by the prospect of her and Michael being an item together. I wasn’t really digging it, but that doesn’t change the fact that what happened to Sarah really saddened me and I wished until the end that it will be reversed somehow, so you can say that I actually came to like the girl better than my initial impression of her.

The Game of Lives has its own issues, still, but the breathtaking plot twists, the shocking revelations, the exhilarating action and the way that the loose ends tied together in the end all make up for its shortcomings so , all in all, this is one series that I ultimately enjoyed reading.

Also, once again, James Dashner delivers it with his ending. It’s not jaw-dropping like with the first two books, but it still didn’t disappoint. Next to Bryson, this ending is my favourite! The Game of Lives is the final instalment in The Mortality Doctrine series and if you loved the first two books in the series, I am sure as heckfire that you’re gonna like The Game of Lives too!

RATING: 3.5 Fairy wings!


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