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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Delacorte Press (26. August 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385741413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741415
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 13 - 17 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 2,9 x 21,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 98.939 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

James Dashner wuchs in einer Kleinstadt in Georgia, USA, auf. Der dichte Wald in dieser Gegend lieferte ihm bereits als Kind viele Ideen für seine späteren Geschichten. Nach seinem Studium arbeitete James zunächst in der Wirtschaft. Doch schon bald fühlte er sich als "kreativer Mensch im Körper eines Buchhalters" gefangen und wandte sich dem Schreiben zu. Seitdem ist er Autor zahlreicher Bücher. Seine Trilogie "Die Auserwählten" eroberte in den USA auf Anhieb die Bestsellerlisten und zieht die Fans nun auch im Kino in ihren Bann: Der erste Band wurde von 20th Century Fox verfilmt, unter anderem mit Dylan O'Brien und Thomas Brodie-Sangster in den Hauptrollen. James Dashner lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen vier Kindern inmitten der Rocky Mountains, behauptet er zumindest.

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Praise for The Rule of Thoughts, book two in the Mortality Doctrine series:

"[An] excellent sequel...smartly paced and paired with well-balanced characters that feel real."-Kirkus Reviews

"An exhilarating adventure story with touches of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game."-Booklist.com

"Dashner's descriptions are screenplay-ready...This book will satisfy the author’s fans...[and readers] in search of an adrenaline rush."-School Library Journal

Praise for The Eye of Minds, book one in the Mortality Doctrine series:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A YALSA Teen Top Ten Pick

"A gripping page-turner, Dashner's latest is sure to please."-BookPage

"Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages."-fanboynation.com

"An adrenaline rush."-School Library Journal

"In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book."-Booklist

"High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation."-Kirkus Reviews

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The exciting sequel to THE EYE OF MINDS from bestselling author of the MAZE RUNNER series, James Dashner. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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James Dashners „The Eye of Minds“, der Auftakt seiner „The Mortality Doctrine“-Trilogie, endete mit einem Knalleffekt und einer Enthüllung, die das Leben des Protagonisten Michael völlig auf den Kopf stellte. Der Nachfolger „The Rule of Thoughts“ setzt nun unmittelbar an das Ende des ersten Bandes an und lässt die Leser auf eine Hauptfigur treffen, die immer noch dabei ist, mit dem erlebten Schock fertig zu werden und sich mit seiner neuen Rolle abzufinden. Dashner verschwendet hier keine Zeit auf eine Einführungsphase oder gar eine kurze Zusammenfassung der bisherigen Ereignisse, sondern wirft sein Publikum direkt wieder mitten in die Action – und man muss sich beim Lesen vermutlich erst einmal wieder an das Setting und das damit verbundene Vokabular mit Begriffen wie „tangent“ etc. vertraut machen. Allzu lange darf man sich damit aber nicht aufhalten, denn sonst läuft man schnell Gefahr den Anschluss zu verpassen, es brennt nämlich bereits sehr früh wieder an allen Ecken und Enden und Michael gerät unmittelbar wieder zwischen die Fronten.

Über ein zu geringes Erzähltempo oder zu wenig Action kann man sich also auch bei „The Rule of Thoughts“ nicht beschweren, trotzdem fehlt es auch dem zweiten Band der Reihe wieder ein wenig an dem Thrill, der gerade Dashners Maze-Runner-Serie so ausgezeichnet hat. Man vermisst zwischenzeitlich einen ähnlich cleveren Spannungsaufbau und lässt sich zwar gerne mit Michael und seinen Freunden durch das VirtNet und die wahre Realität treiben, so richtig mitgerissen wird man von der Geschichte aber leider nur selten. Das liegt meiner Meinung nach auch daran, dass es dem Autor nicht immer gelingt, das Setting glaubwürdig zu gestalten und ihm die nötige Komplexität zu verpassen.
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Great cyber thriller! 8. September 2014
Von Evie Seo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
"You can't hack your way out of this one."

(If you haven't read the first book, The Eye Of Minds, please skip the first two passages as they contain spoilers of the first volume)

The second book in James Dashner's Mortality Doctrine series picks up exactly where the first one left off. After discovering that he is a tangent (a computer program that has become sentient), and that Kaine somehow managed to outsmart VNS and to use everyone for his own purpose, Michael wakes up in the real world, in a body that belonged to a boy named Jackson. His consciousness was downloaded into Jackson's body and he is now - for the very first time - truly alive. And in grave danger. He is the first one, the one who made it into the real world, Kaine's creation and pet project, and the only one strong, brave and stupid enough to try to stop his "creator" from completely taking over the world - and not just the virtual one, but the real one as well.

In The Rule Of Thoughts, stakes are higher than ever. Tangents are being downloaded into the bodies of people in "the wake" and Kaine is getting more powerful with every second. On top of that, Sarah's parents are missing - kidnapped by Kaine's minions - and the Trifecta to Dissect-ya (Michael, Sarah and Bryson) are accused of killing them and they are wanted 'dead or alive'. With no one to turn to for help, the three friends will have to go after Kaine all on their own. But are they ready for another battle?

James Dashner managed to surprise me yet again. I finished The Rule Of Thoughts and just sat there... completely dumbfounded. While I enjoyed reading the first 3/4 of the story, I can't say it was better or even just as good as The Eye Of Minds. For the most part it was simply entertaining and interesting to read, but I didn't find myself completely blown away. Not even close. But then I read the final chapters and my mind explored. The ending was so good! Beyond anything I ever expected. It made reading The Rule Of Thoughts worthwhile, and I was definitely impressed with Dashner's phenomenal plotting skills.

The Rule Of Thoughts is a fast-paced, action packed and really well-plotted book. A fabulous addition to what is quickly becoming one of my favorite science fiction series. Does it suffer from 'middle book syndrome'? Perhaps a bit, yes, but only in the first part. And the second part - especially the game-changing ending that you just don't see coming - more than makes up for it.

I still can't say that I feel emotionally connected to the characters or especially invested in their story, but I also don't really feel the need to be. This is more of a science-and-action-driven series, set in a fascinating universe, filled with complex ideas and intrigue. That already is more than enough for me to want to read these books. And let me tell you that I am having so much fun getting immersed in Dashner's complex world building and following the cyber adventures of Michael, Sarah and Bryson.

The Rule Of Thoughts holds many surprises. The way the book ends suggests that there are things we have no idea about just yet, secrets waiting to be uncovered, mysteries waiting to be solved, and I am giddy with excitement and crazy with anticipation for the final volume. I just can't wait to find out what is really going on here. The wait is probably going to drive me nuts.

If you're already a fan of James Dashner (The Maze Runner series) then you will most definitely love his latest literary endeavor. If you haven't read any of his books yet, but are into complex world building, cyber thrillers with a decent amount of science in the fiction, and plot lines that leave you breathless and craving more, then you should give this series a go for sure. The Mortality Doctrine will probably appeal more to teenage boys, but I sincerely believe it can be thoroughly enjoyed by just about any reader out there.
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Like Robert Ludlum writing for the Disney Channel... 30. August 2014
Von D.S. Cahr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
James Dashner is all about one thing - outlandishly propulsive YA stories focused on boys in danger. He's not interested in realism, emotional resonance, clever characterizations...he wants you to read his books like a runaway train. And he's damn good at it, too - he's like Robert Ludlum writing for the Disney Channel. His newest series, The Mortality Doctrine (Rule of Thoughts is the second book in what looks to be a trilogy) is not as intense as The Maze Runner (and, to be fair, how could it be?) but it is exceptionally entertaining, and includes all of the classic modern YA tropes of networked dystopia (shifting notions of what is real, wildly vivid virtual reality games colliding and eclipsing "normal" life, conspiracies) that can be found in everything from Ready Player One and Feed to ("kicks rock, looking embarrassed") The Secret Root. So for this type of book there is only one test: should you read it? The answer is simple: yes.
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Entertaining! 31. August 2014
Von CF - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I'm not sure if it was because I was more familiar with the characters and setting, but I enjoyed the second book in this series more than the first. I hate it when there is a wait for the next book in a series, but they say patience is a virtue so looks like I'll be waiting for number three to be published in 2015!
Fun Cyber-Thriller for Middle Graders and YA 26. November 2014
Von Chris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Rule of Thoughts is the second book in James Dashner's new series "The Mortality Doctrine." For those who found Dashner through the recent exposure of the "Maze Runner" movie, you'll enjoy a similar level of writing and a similar general tone but a significantly different story. As with the Maze Runner series, our protagonists are teenagers and they are in a world/situation with motivations that aren't entirely clear. This series is set sometime in the future and involves a sort of "Massively Multiplayer Online Game" taken to the extreme and with a heightened level of "virtual reality" involvement. The gamers lay down in a box (which they morbidly call a "coffin") and through a series of wires and sensory mechanisms they are "dropped into" the game world with a full sensation of reality. They run around with the full sensation of being immersed in the program. Naturally there are gamers who are more technologically savvy than others and they find ways to hack through the game world and manipulate things to their advantage. Enter our protagonists.

In the first book, Michael and his friends are having fun hacking through the game world and enjoying life to its fullest but they aware of rumors of some super hacker cyber-terrorist, Kaine, that's somehow killing people through the game program. Michael and his friends are approached by a government security agency and asked to help track Kaine.

<u>SPOILER ALERT</u> - (the next ~2 paragraphs contain spoilers from the first book which ends with some surprises)

At the end of book one, Michael makes the surprising discovery that Kaine isn't a hacker in the normal sense. Kaine is actually part of the program. He's an AI (called a "tangent" within the game world) that has become self-aware and is dissatisfied with being stuck in the programming. He's working on something called "The Mortality Doctrine" which seems to be a scheme to allow tangents to cross over into the human world and take control of a human body. The surprises continue when we learn that Michael is also a tangent. Somehow Michael had become self-aware in the sense that he started making his own choices and thoughts beyond his programming...but he was not aware that he was a tangent. Kaine's revelation to Michael seems unbelievable until, at the end of book one, Kaine employs the Mortality Doctrine to cause Michael to "wake" in the human world in a human body that is clearly not Michael. That's where book two begins.

Michael is faced with all sorts of confusion and dilemmas. His entire existence and sense of "self" has been turned on its head. He still has memories and self-awareness but he realizes that everything he knows is not "real"...it's just part of the programming. And now he's displaced some real human and taken over his body in the real world.

Michael doesn't get a lot of time to sit and ponder his actions. He is quickly confronted by Kaine's "mortal" tangents as well as agents from the government security agency. Unsure who to trust or what to do, he goes on the run and tries to find his "virtual friends" in the "real world" so that together they can come up with a plan and work through the situation.

The writing style and pacing of the book were fluid and enjoyable. The storyline was a bit disorienting at times which I suspect was partially intentional since the reader is so closely tied to Michael and his confusion. Aside from the technological and sci-fi elements (for which I suspended disbelief and enjoyed the concept), there were a couple of elements in the plot that I had a hard time with. Mostly I had a hard time seeing just how "easy" Michael was able to hide from those pursuing him. I grant that Dashner did have a number of action packed chase scenes where Michael (and later his friends) barely made it away from their pursuers. But with the heightened technology and the scale of the plan, I have a hard time believing Kaine wouldn't have been prepared to pick Michael up as soon as he woke up or that the VirtNet Security wouldn't have already been all over Michael's friends expecting him to make contact. I do like the way Dashner added tension with regards to Michael's friends, but it felt a little disconnected that there was so much delay on the part of the pursuers.

Interestingly I had just recently watched the movie "Transcendence" in which Johnny Depp finds a way to "upload" a human mind into a computer as a fully self-aware AI. Johnny's character then becomes power hungry and uses some interesting nano-technology to reprogram and control humans. There are other short stories and movies I've seen in the past with similar concepts. So I was quickly reminded that the overall idea is not entirely new.

Yet Dashner manages to keep the concept fresh by using teenage protagonists and a youthful new perspective on the idea. By using a gaming world, he's able to have a lot of creative fun with the worlds that the characters explore. By having an unwilling protagonist, he's able to keep a lot of the core story elements and motivation at arms length and keep us all in the dark and a little off balance, thus increasing some of the suspense and surprise.

Overall I'm enjoying the series and looking forward to the third (and final?) book in the series and to finding out exactly what Kaine has planned and how Michael will deal with his own mortality and the moral conflict he's dealing with.

****
3.5 out of 5 stars
Five out of Five stars! 18. Oktober 2014
Von Michael Loring - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Rule of Thoughts by Author James Dashner is the second in his bestselling series, The Mortality Doctrine. Starting off immediately after the first book, The Eye of Minds, this is the continuation of Michael's story.

He's completed the Path. Michael should feel victorious, but instead he feels like he's lost in the greatest way possible. Lost and alone, Michael sets out to find answers to what Kaine - the cyber-terrorist Tangent - is doing and what his plans are for the entire human race. Along the way he finds his friends, Bryson and Sarah, and together they set out to defeat Kaine and his legion of KillSims.

Using their hacking, gaming, and deduction skills to their limit, the trio will face one of the greatest foes ever to exist.

I can't explain how impressed I am by the sheer genius of this book. Author James Dashner is a bestseller for a reason. The complex storyline weaves together like fine silk, each twist and turn as exciting as the last. The writing is impeccable, as always with this fantastic author, and the characters are fleshed out to the max. I couldn't help but relate to each and every one. Michael in particular, as he's the main character, and we get to see his emotions and thoughts the most. The turmoil he's going through is intense, and is portrayed expertly through Mr. Dashner's brilliant writing prowess.

I'd recommend this book to all my hardcore gaming friends, as the central basis for this novel is that most of this goes down in a VRMMORPG world called The VirtNet. The future is grand when you look at it from the outside, but take a peak inside and you'll find the dystopia that it truly is.
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