DoOon Mode Hardcover – Apr 14 2001
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
We get a conclusion, but it is unsatisfactory. I feel that the last few pages was hurried and not planned as good as they could have been. Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by Alfred Clausen
As an Anthony fan for 19 years I was deeply dissappointed in this book. It was not as well crafted as previous books in the series and the characters and plot lacked cohesion. Read morePublished on May 10 2002
From what I read in previous reviews, it sounds like Piers Anthony used a bit of all his books: Xanth, Apprentice, and Geodyssey. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001
"Not As Expected" is the one phrase I would associate with the final Mode novel. The shock of the fourth novel is the fact that the focus of the story is on conversations... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001
In response...the purpose of learning that Nona's joy can not be depleated is important bacause for Darius to work magic, he must use the joy from another woman. Read morePublished on June 6 2001
Given how much I truly love the first three books of the Mode series, I never would have pictured myself giving the fourth, _DoOon Mode_, a negative review. Read morePublished on May 13 2001 by Amanda M. Hayes
I'm a longtime fan of Piers Anthony and felt that DOOON MODE was, in many ways, a homecoming. Anthony mixed a bit of Xanth (Colene and her group actually visit Xanth during their... Read morePublished on May 9 2001 by booksforabuck
I've read the whole series and I couldn't wait until this book came out. I'm glad it did, because it gave deep insight into the characters old and new. Read morePublished on April 8 2001