Rather than three posts I decided to make one post for the Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner. As I said in my previous review, I have been on a video-game type book kick recently and I finished my run off with this trilogy. I am happy that I only recently learned of the series because I really enjoyed being able to read all three books back to back to back rather than having to wait for the next one to release.
I do not want to give too much away but this reminded me of Tron a lot. If you are a Tron fan then I can see this series being something you would enjoy. Here we have Tangents programmed in a virtual reality game that have evolved over time and gained sentience. Their leader plans to institute something called The Mortality Doctrine that would change both the Virtual World and the “Real” World forever.
Told from the POV of Michael, you are immersed into a world that continues to evolve throughout the series. There are so many twists and turns that you are kept guessing about a number of things. Who is the real enemy? Who is really in charge? What is really real?
If you are a fan of coding then this series is full of things for you. On one level you know that some references to coding are about topics that are way above the average person’s head. However, you never feel like you do not understand what is happening. It is so easy to picture what Michael and the other characters are doing every time they go to manipulate code. I felt as if I was sitting right beside them for most of the journey.
The story takes place in what I will call the “Real” world or our reality as well as within the “VirtNet”. Society in this future is extremely dependent on this virtual world. World leaders do not have to travel to meet in person. You can experience everything you wanted in the VirtNet, its possibilities only limited by users imaginations and skills. Similar to OTHERWORLD, this series presents a future that seems to be where we are headed. While I might not believe a Tangent can gain sentience, the world relying more on the virtual than physical is not a far reach. How many people text rather than even make a phone call?
In the end, you have characters you can love, villains to hate and a story that you can never predict 100% where it will go. I did not want to put the series down from the minute I started it which is why I was able to finish all 3 books in about a 10 day period. My recommendation is add all 3 books to your TBR pile and once you start the series do not deviate until you reach the end.
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