Blog Tour: The Game of Lives by James Dashner (+ a giveaway)



Author: James Dashner

Paperback Pub. Date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Ember

Pages: 384

From James Dashner, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes the final book in the Mortality Doctrine series, an edge-of-your-seat cyber-adventure trilogy that includes The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts

Includes a sneak peek of The Fever Code, the highly anticipated conclusion to the Maze Runner series–the novel that finally reveals how the Maze was built! 

Michael used to live to game, but now, the games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and cyber terrorist Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine–Kaine’s master plan–has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box–if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.

The author who brought you the #1 New York Times bestselling MAZE RUNNER series and two #1 movies–The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials–now brings you an electrifying adventure trilogy that takes you into a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

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Praise for the Mortality Doctrine Series: 

-Dashner takes full advantage of the Matrix-esque potential for asking ‘what is real.’- –
-Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.- –


-A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.- —Christian Science Monitor

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About the Author:

James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. His newest series is The Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.

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Because this is a review of the final book in a trilogy, there are spoilers for the first two books in the series. Proceed with caution! 

What I liked:

  • The virtual reality/video game nature of this series is what pulled me in immediately. Our main character, Michael,  is basically an A.I. brain that gets deposited into a human body, and I’ve never read a book from the P.O.V. of this type of character before.
  • The way that the characters join the virtual reality world reminded me a lot of Ready Player One, which is one of my favorite books. This series feels like a middle grade/YA RPO to me, so I really enjoyed that.
  • Each chapter is broken up into tiny sub-chapters, and for some reason I really love when books are formatted this way.
  • Michael’s friendship with his two best friends is loving and supportive, and the trio would do anything for each other.  They are all so loyal to each other and their “ride or die” relationship is one of my favorite parts of the book.
  • Michael’s nanny Helga has a pretty big role in this book and I liked getting to know her better as we learned more about Michael’s past and their current relationship. We never got to see a lot from Michael’s parents in the start of the series, so it was interesting to see how he interacted with the only parental figure he still had in his life.
  • There are several villains in the series and I could never figure out who was to be trusted and who was just telling Michael and his team elaborate lies.  The villain switches back and forth between books and even in this book there was not one definitive “bad guy,” which always made things interesting.
  • I really loved this series as a whole.  Participating in the blog tour was just the push I needed to finally finish the last book in the trilogy.

What I didn’t like: 

  • There is only one prominent female side character throughout the series, and we don’t even see her that often.  Some stuff happens to her in this book just to further the main character’s storyline, which was completely unnecessary
  • Michael was so trusting of people in his life. The two villain characters were almost always easily able to convince Michael to trust them, and I sometimes felt like throwing my book across the room at how gullible he was most of the time.
  • While the story itself is pretty easy to follow, sometimes I got lost in the detailed coding and tech descriptions and some of that went right over my head. I don’t think it took away from my enjoyment of the story, but I often felt like I didn’t quite understand everything that was going on.

Rating: ★★★★

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5 winners will receive paperback sets of the whole series


US Only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tour Schedule:

Week One
5/1/2017 – jrsbookreviewsReview
5/2/2017 – She Dreams in FictionSpotlight
5/3/2017 – Margie’s Must ReadsExcerpt
5/4/2017 – YA and WineReview
5/5/2017 – The Pages In-BetweenReview


Week Two
5/8/2017 – The Not So Public LibraryExcerpt
5/9/2017 – Book Stacks AmberReview
5/10/2017 – Books,Dreams,LifeExcerpt
5/11/2017 – Literary musingsSpotlight
5/12/2017 – YA Book MadnessReview


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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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