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The Game of Lives

(The Mortality Doctrine #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  8,902 ratings  ·  796 reviews
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 beco
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Delacorte Press
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Trent Mikesell
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
My feeling with any Dasher series that I've read is that he can't sustain the story. His first books are great and the rest just seem to fall apart. ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Fables Library
Well's over. One of my most anticipated books of the year is done. I just finished it, maybe I cried a few tears, maybe I sat in awe for a few seconds. Maybe...but it's now over.
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Everything about The Game of Lives rose the stakes. There were bigger battles and bigger consequences. The final battle was by far my favorite, it was chilling, horrifying, awesome all at once. James Dashner wrote the last battle so well you could see th
Christopher Xia
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Game of Lives is an amazing last book for a series like the Mortality Doctrine series. James Dashner captures trust, action, and even a little bit of love and emotion into the story. In the story, Michael's heart gets completely broken when one of his best friends and to-be girlfriend dies. I can relate to what he is feeling because I also lost someone really close to me once because of death. I was able to really feel what Michael was feeling during the scene and it made me picture Michael ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm so disappointed. I had waited for this book for a year, and I had loved the two other books in the series so much that I even recommended them to my friends. I loved this world of codes and games, and the fast pace of the book.
Then I picked up The Game of Lives.
It felt like someone else had written this book, than the one who had written the previous two books. The writing was just not working. Every sentence on half a page could start with "He", and I felt like a robot when reading. My thou
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
An ok end to the series. I wasn't too into this final installment. The concept is cool, but the story itself was pretty boring. I didn't really feel any like or dislike for any of the characters, and I skimmed and skipped at least 30% without feeling that I'd missed any of the important details. I can't remember why I gave the last two books 4 stars, because I don't remember much about them, but I'm not surprised to rate this final book so low. I had the same problem with The Maze Runner trilogy ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I generally don't write reviews, but this was the first book that I have ever given 1* to. Granted I did not love the first two books in the series, but they were better than this. The references to "the code" and "coding" just irked me. I Loved the Maze Runner books, part of the reason I gave this series a shot, but after finishing the Rule of Thoughts about a year ago, I was very underwhelmed. I found myself cranking the read speed on my audible app to x3, just to get through it faster. Not be ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Few people have a legitimately brilliant mind, but the seeds of genius were always evident in James Dashner, and his Mortality Doctrine trilogy had perhaps the greatest potential of any series he wrote. The line between reality and fiction is so blurred in these novels that the two are indistinguishable, gaming technology having advanced to the point that we're left questioning the authenticity of our life experiences. Are our joys and sorrows our own, the purely organic result of the decisions ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
This was a fun series to read! If you like the Maze Runner series, you will love these books.
This was a nice conclusion and a quick read. The story was well paced and had plenty of action to keep me interested. Michael, Sarah, and Bryson are now tasked with saving every person who uses the Virtnet from having their bodies stolen by tangents. They're still battling Kane, but have a new villain as well. James Dashner's writing is so interesting and just makes you want to read the book in one sitti
Rachel Talaber
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-worth, sci-fi
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Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, youth
Well, at least the author has been consistent through most of this series. I honestly don't know why I read the sequels; perhaps I thought it might get better, or Dashner would learn something about computer programming. I won't bother complaining about those issues since it's the same as previous entries. I'm not sure if I complained about the dialogue much in the first two books, but there as well as here it's clumsy and amateurish. I guess I'm still surprised when it was so much better in The ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When everyone was crazy about young adult dystopian novels, I decided to jump into James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. If the truth is to be known, it’s my least favourite of the popular young adult dystopian trilogies. I like to think I’m a pretty nice reader, in that I give authors multiple chances before I decide they are not for me. Sometimes I’m surprised and realise it’s just a single series by the author that is not for me, other times I am shown it is the author who is not for me.

Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
It seems to me that Dashner can’t quite sustain a story through to the end.

In the first book, the idea feels novel enough to provide enough suspension of disbelief and forward momentum. It’s fast and exciting.

That suspension of disbelief drops off in the second book. In this particular series, by the second book, I found the “coding” terminology tedious and incredibly vague by the second book. I was tired of it and questioned whether Dashner had ever tried to code something himself. Questionin
Denise Peng
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good and I enjoyed it a lot! I got shocked during the middle of the book and the ending left me wondering what was going to happen next. I hope James Dashner writes a fourth book or maybe another book explaining what happened to Sarah. The ending was perfect and it was simply amazing. I don't even know to describe the ending; it was just wow..(in a good way). There were sooo many twists and turns! The book was full of action which just made me like it even more. The stakes a ...more
Janabi Castillo
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-stars
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Nicole Alycia
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars
This one definitely wasn't as good as the first two books in the series but I do think this series was much better than The Maze Runner.
This book got to be a little confusing at times because there was a lot more talk of coding and the likes than in the other books and it was more complex talk about that stuff. It was more fun when they were going through a virtual world and battling stuff, etc.
I still enjoyed the series though!
Overall series rating: 4/5
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish it because I had a really hard time following it. It was also not making any sense. ...more
Apr 25, 2020 added it
Amazing book, and an amazing way to finish off the series.
Out of the whole series, this is my favorite book. This redeemed all of the boring and made it all worth it.

...and made me cry.

Am I the only one who got Harry Potter-ish type vibes? Because in so many ways Michael reminded me of how reckless Harry was, especially in Deathly Hallows.

I. Just. Loved. This. Book.

I hope that there is another book because I NEED THAT ENDING FLESHED OUT. CAN WE SAY CLIFFHANGER?!

4.5 stars! Half a star taken away because CLIFFHANGER.
Ryan Buckby
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
the games are over.

this trilogy is over and i am sad and happy at the same time, i have waited nearly a whole year for this book to come out but i will way this the beginning of the book started off slow but from the middle to the end it had me hooked and i was along for the journey with the characters to finish this off once and for all.

I thank james so much for adding the prologue at the beginning of the book because i had forgotten what had happened at the end of the second book, i have no
Shane OBrien
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite series so far.I love the combination of the action,humor,science in this book it gave a very satisfying ending It a series That I will hold in deep in my heart hope the author keeps making such good series like this one.
Mark Alfieri
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book overall was pretty good. I liked the story of it, but at times the suspense and plot was lacking. Once you reach like page 250 you just can’t put the book down. I definitely would recommend this book, but you should read the rest of the books in the series first.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A full review can be found on my blog at ...more
Candra Hodge
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All secrets are revealed in this thrilling conclusion. I also loved the ending as I am a big fan of happy endings.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if your entire existence was just a computer simulation, an entire life full of false meaning, a world of pure fiction? If you’ve ever wished to explore this scenario, then there are few better than the Mortality Doctrine series, by James Dashner. The Mortality Doctrine is the most recent creation from James Dashner, creator of the well known Maze Runner series. The newest book in this series is The Game of Lives, which concludes the story of Michael, Bryson, and Sarah, gamers who used to ...more
Fatima Alsuwaidi

The Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner
This is a full series review

I had fallen in LOVE with the Maze Runner series - I have yet to read the prequels thought - and I was so excited when I first heard about The Eye of Minds and I was like YES I'm going to live in another James Dashner world with plot twists, enemies, deaths and friendships and a great protagonist……….but I left this series feeling a little bit….eh. There were certainly a number of enjoyable factors but overall I have mixe
James Thomas
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Game of Lies......oops Lives concluded the Mortality Doctrine series. I really didn't have high hopes coming into this book because the second book left such a foul taste in my mouth. In the second book, our main man Micheal is a clueless underdeveloped teenager who run around like an obedient dog and as the reader you are treated to the mindless ride that is Micheal's head. He gets tricked, duped, and bamboozled. The Game of Lives brought more of the same unsurprisingly.

Micheal still has no id
Tate N
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Game of Lives written by James Dashner is a science fiction novel. It is the third and final book of the Mortality Doctrine series. Michael and his friends go on one more journey to solve the problems going in the world and in the virtual world. Michael has to settle things with two people. The first one is an agent from the Virtnet Security (VNS) and the other one is Kaine who was artificially made by the VNS.
I think that this was a good book to read because it left you hanging and makes y
Mitchel Munzing
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was very good. It had lots going on and confusing at times but it felt like just a lot of strings coming together finally. The book had lots going on and I felt like there really was no long period of time where nothing was going on. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a lot of action and computers and hacking. It takes on a whole new level of technology which is very fun and interesting.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a bad book :(
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James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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The Mortality Doctrine (3 books)
  • The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)
  • The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine, #2)

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