Monday, September 1, 2014

Review of THE RULE OF THOUGHTS by James Dashner

In The Eye of Minds, James Dashner's first book in his groundbreaking new series The Mortality Doctrine, Michael discovered something about himself that he never realized, and everything changed for him. The Rule of Thoughts picks up where the first book left off, and Michael now faces new challenges as he tries to stop Kaine from implementing his plan to take over the world of the wake. People are being taken over all over the world. Michael, Bryson, and Sarah become wanted, and they are tasked with facing Kaine whose motivations aren't quite clear.

Dashner created a unique and fun story world with the first book. This is a great book for gamers because of the world of the narrative. Michael, the main character, is literally one of the most complex characters I've ever read. And his friends create a nice mini-community that creates a feeling of warmth even in the midst of the insane circumstances they find themselves in.

Dashner blew me away with the first book, especially the end. This book has only continued to cement Dashner as one of the most innovative storytellers around in my mind. Kaine is a truly compelling villain, and the narrative force of the story kept me reading until the end. As the second book in a trilogy, this book creates plenty of hunger for what Dashner has in mind for book 3.

Review copy provided by Delacorte Press

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