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The Game of Lives

(The Mortality Doctrine #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,616 ratings  ·  656 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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Brianna The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts and The Game of Lives are probably going to be the only three, because that's what Dashner did with The Maze…moreThe Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts and The Game of Lives are probably going to be the only three, because that's what Dashner did with The Maze Runner. Their could possibly be a prequel though.(less)

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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.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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.
What I Liked

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 the
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
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad un 3,5.

La batalla final pone punto final a la trilogía de James Dashner "La doctrina de la mortalidad", una saga de ciencia ficción juvenil donde todo es posible. El juego infinito y Revolución fueron unas grandes lecturas llenas de adrenalina y acción, tenía muchas ganas de saber como acababa y en líneas generales el autor le ha dado un buen desenlace. Tenemos una trama que evoluciona al mismo ritmo que los personajes, que nos da una sorpresa en cada vuelta de hoja y donde habrá cie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Pucha, lo encontré super fome y me sorprendió enormemente porque el final del segundo libro fue perfecto.
Encontré muy light el libro que se supone que tiene que cerrar todos los conflictos de los libros anteriores. Tenía plot twist más predecibles que la chucha.

Realmente no me gustó nada del libro, de lo único que estoy feliz es de terminar la trilogía y decirle chao por siempre a este autor.
Francisco Henriquez
¿Y quién dice qué es real y qué no lo es?.
Me encantó, me atrapó igual que las otras entregas, peeero a ese epílogo le falto un poco más, no nos puedes dejar así Jamesssssss.
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
Je me suis ennuyée tout au long de ma lecture étant donné que tout était trop prévisible...
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
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
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
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
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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.

Rachel Talaber
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
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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.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

17/20 - Un final haut en couleur qui ne nous laisse pas respirer et qui nous apporte toutes les réponses que l'on en attendait !
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
Sarina Morrhaye
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, new-adult
In dit derde deel van The Mortality Doctrine was gamen Michael's lust en leven, nu is elke inlog een risico voor eigen leven. Het VirtNet is een dodelijke omgeving geworden en Kaine wordt elke dag sterker. De sterfelijkheidsdoctrine is bijna volledig uitgevoerd en de grens tussen de echte wereld en de virtuele wereld is zo goed als niet meer te onderscheiden. Om alles terug recht te zetten zoals het was zal Michael moeten uitzoeken wie hij kan vertrouwen en met deze vrienden alles op het spel mo ...more
Michael y sus amigos siguen en una lucha casi interminable con kaine y tratando de desenredar la maraña que produce la SRV. Pero la batalla final a llegado y solo uno será el vencedor... hay que ver si Michael, Bryson y Shara estan a la altura de los acontecimientos.
A llegado el final del Juego Infinito, saga que me traía con los nervios de punta hasta el libro anterior. Que paso con este último? Le falto... le falto ese factor sorpresa al que me tenian acostumbrada los libros anteriores, eso de
La abundante acción está dividida entre el mundo real, cada vez más sumido en el caos por la acción de los tangentes, y la red, donde tendrán lugar las acciones que realmente pueden marcar la diferencia. No contaré mucho más, la trama se vuelve mucho más compleja y centrada en Seguir leyendo
Shane OBrien
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ella Layland
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the series. I would recommend it to people who are avid readers. I loved the characters, but I thought the romance between Michael and Sarah wasn't the best. This author is amazing with the battle scenes and the plot, but I think he needs to work on his romance and girl characters.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necesito contención psicológica.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A full review can be found on my blog at
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
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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.

Other books in the series

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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