The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2)

The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2)
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August 26, 2014
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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.

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In this sequel to The Eye of Minds, Michael wakes up and finds himself in the body of Jackon Porter, put there by Kaine, whose evil plans is to highjack human bodies for the use of tangents, "people" who are sentient but really computer programmed intelligences who lack physical being. Kaine wants Mike to work with him, but Mike is understandably apprehensive about this. He tries to figure out how to use Jackson's body (as well as his parents' financial resources) to find Sarah and Bryson, either in the real world on in the Sleep, and figure out how to fight Kaine. Agent Weber appears many times, but always has a confusing message for Mike. Jackson's girlfriend, Gabby, suspects that all is not right with Jackson, whose face is plastered all over the NewsBops as being a criminal. Once Mike finds Sarah, her parents are kidnapped, and the two hole up trying to locate Bryson. Once they do, they get caught by Kaine, who demands their help OR ELSE. They manage to escape, and embark on more voyages into the Sleep to try to figure out how to best defeat Kaine. They end up changing things in the Wake and getting into big trouble. The adventure continues in the fall of 2015 with The Game of Lives.

It's hard to say too much about this one without giving away some of the crucial elements of the plot. Lots of action and adventure, lots of working in the virtual world, and of course, young people who are the only ones who can save the world from destruction. I really liked Mike, Sarah, and Bryson, and found it interesting how they tried to stay ahead of Kaine and stop his evil plan. This is a great book for a wide variety of readers, especially those who are great fans of The Maze Runner series.
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