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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 14 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312874634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312874636
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,479,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Anthony packs his fourth and concluding volume set in the Mode multiverse (Virtual Mode; etc.) with a huge variety of characters, a brisk, episodic plot, plenty of sex and some superficial emotional heft. A trio of cat-based androids from DoOon Mode accepts a challenge posed by the evil Emperor Ddwng to find clinically depressed, suicidal 14-year-old Colene and her loving, stable husband, Darius, to force them to hand over the powerful Chip. With the Chip, Ddwng will be able to travel the multiverse and raid it ruthlessly for supplies and genetic material. Surprisingly, Darius agrees to turn the Chip over (could it be he knows something that Ddwng does not?), and he and his telepathically linked friends, now counting the cat androids among their number, traverse the alternative realities of the Modes to Darius's home Mode, finding adventure and solving problems along the way. In so doing they grow closer, eventually forming a hive a mentally joined group of beings that shares thoughts and emotions. Feeling she must separate from the hive to conquer her fears, Colene faces in the highly disturbing last chapter her greatest fear sex and discovers what happened in her past that has scarred her so terribly. Unwary readers who get this far may feel as Colene does, "deeply buried in awfulness, with no way to escape," but Anthony's legions of adolescent fans should be immune to what others may consider bad taste and bad writing.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Fleeing a real world that has become too harsh for her to accept, Colleen enters a fantastic realm of varying "modes," where she finds a group of companions to accompany her on a journey toward healing and self-knowledge. Ultimately, Colleen must face the monster responsible for her troubled past and find a way to save all the worlds that she has come to love. Concluding his Mode series (Virtual Mode, Fractal Mode, Chaos Mode), Anthony delivers a parable that uses high-tech trappings to conceptualize the struggle between good and evil. The author's large following should guarantee a demand for this cleverly told sf adventure.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Each book in a series like this has to rehash the previous plot with enough detail so that a reader starting with that book can get an idea of what's going on. But this book feels the need to do this every chapter or two. You know, so that someone opening to a random page won't be confused. The basic relationships between the main characters get repeated, over and over.

You would think, with all this repetition, that the author could at least keep the details straight. Here are the most glaring discontinuities that I noticed (SPOILER ALERT):

1) At the beginning of the book, the Null teams are promised full human rights if they win the competition, on a temporary status for the duration of the mission, to be made permanent if the mission is completed successfully. Later, when the Felines are contemplating the successful completion of the mission, no mention of this is made; instead, they assume they will be recycled as soon as it's over. Now, it's believable that the emperor would break his word about this, but if the Nulls were so certain he would break his word that they didn't even consider the possibility that he'd keep it, why did they volunteer for the mission in the first place?

2) As other reviews have pointed out, they randomly discover that Nona can multiply joy. This provides no tension to the plot, since Colene was already jealous of Darius, and Nona already didn't want to get married and clearly was not tempted by power. But my problem with the development is of a different nature; Darius ALREADY found a woman who could multiply joy. Prima is waiting back in his home Mode, expecting to marry him and go on tour when he returns, assuming his true love can't take her place.
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Format: Hardcover
I am not surprise that there is so much variety of opinion about DoOon Mode, the last book of the Mode series. A lot of people have criticized this series for his used of sexual explicit scenes of rape and child abuse involving a 14 years old girl. DoOon does offer this and more in this concluding book of the series.
I have to disagree with those that thought the book was a disappointment. It would have been a disappointment if he has never written an ending of what happen to Colene. I think it is nice that Piers decided to listen to his fans and finishing to publish this book.
Some don't like the use of the Nulls characters in the series and thought that they were too stupid in Virtual Mode. I don't agree. They weren't stupid just slaves. Piers used the same style that he used in Fractal Mode. To use the first chapter of the book to introduce fully the new anchors before Colene and her gang show up in the scene.
But let's talk about the merit of this book. I found the story enthralling and poignant. Throughout the book we learn a lot more of why Colene is a depressed and suicidal teenager. We got hints in Virtual Mode when she told Sequiro how unhappy she was when she visited Panama before the rape. The rape just exacerbates a downhill trend that was killing her slowly already. We learned even more about Maresy and why she is important to Colene. In a way, this is ultimately Colene story and we get all the answer of our questions that came up throughout the previous 3 books.
I did enjoying learning more about the Nulls society. I don't know if they are philosophers but they indeed are worthy people that unfortunately know that they are doom in DoOon to do as they are asked or died. They are aware of their condition.
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Format: Hardcover
In 1991, a new, strange, wondrous novel was presented to me: Virtual Mode, by Piers Anthony--the story of a girl named Colene and her telepathic horse who traveled the "modes,"--an ever-shifting landscape of alternate worlds. There they encountered Provos, an old woman who remembered only the future and Darius, a projecting empath and Colene's love interest. We met the three feline "nulls," Pussy, Tom and Cat. Together they foiled the decadent Emperor Ddwng and popped off into the next volume... "Fractal Mode" blew me away. Colene and company entered a fractal universe, (something I've never seen in fiction!) and joined with Nona, a very powerful magic worker. After setting things right in Nona's world, the party disappeared into the third volume... "Chaos Mode" introduced Burgess, a creature who was every palentologist's dream. From there, the party shifted from Colene's world back to Nona's world, and many more adventures, until they all appeared again--back in Ddwng's palace! But then they went away again...This time for eight years. It seems, (as Anthony explains in his Author's Note), that the original series did not sell well, and that ended the series prematurely. We fans waited and waited, hoping that somehow, someway, the series could be continued. Finally, Tor Books decided to publish this, which turns out to be the last in the series. But...DoOon Mode simply doesn't live up to the excitement and wonderment of the preceding three volumes. This book is rather slow-paced and philosophical in contrast to the others. It doesn't match in quality, nor does it succeed in recapturing the characters, the moods and situations of its forerunners.Read more ›
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