The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three

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by Eric Walters
     
 

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One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam's are the only vehicles that function. Driving home,

Overview

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam's are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
In this understated post-apocalyptic novel, an unknown event renders all computers inoperable, leading to the shutdown of most technology and the collapse of civilization. Fortunately for 16-year-old Adam, he drives a ’79 Omega, one of the few cars still operable in his suburban neighborhood. As days pass and panic sets in, Adam’s police captain mother takes control, aided by their neighbor Herb, a retired government agent (“Black ops? In my business there was very little that was black or white. Most everything involved shades of gray and shades of right”). They form a neighborhood watch and eventually build a walled community to keep out the sometimes-violent people who pass through. Then heavily armed ex-military types wipe out a nearby community, and Adam’s neighborhood is next on their list. Walters (the Seven series) realistically depicts how a typical neighborhood might react to the collapse of society. Adam is a relatable protagonist, but the other characters, including the ultra-competent Herb, are somewhat thin. Nevertheless, it’s a solid read that sidesteps most of the SF influence so prevalent in current dystopian fiction. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
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“A fantastic, compelling, unforgettable book! Its simple premise--what if one day all modern technology stopped working--becomes a blisteringly fast tale of survival in a world gone to hell . . . This book makes The Walking Dead look like a walk in the park, because the monsters howling outside your gates aren't the undead but your friends, your fellow students, your co-workers.” —Alexander Gordon Smith, author of the Escape from Furnace series

“There's no zombie plague or nuclear war--a computer virus destroys modern technology, and people do the rest . . . The detailed content is more than worth it, capturing the nitty-gritty of rebuilding--and defending--civilization. Perfect for aspiring doomsday preppers and survivalists.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The most impressive and wonderful thing about The Rule of Three was how real it felt . . . Walters has done so good of a job showing what our actions would be like I may actually look into a bunker! Seriously.” —ReadSleepRepeat blog

“The story is filled with action, battles on land and in the air, and is very exciting. There is even a little bit of romance as Adam and Lori get to know each other . . . I can't wait for more books to find out what happens to our group of survivors.” —GoodReads post, five stars

Rule of Three maintains a realistic and frightening look at what happens when technology is lost and modern society begins to fall apart.” —School Library Journal

“A solid fit for fans of Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It, this disaster-survival story will also please readers who just enjoy watching teens take the lead.” —BCCB

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Amy Fiske
The book opens on a typical day in the computer lab of a high school, with wisecracking Todd cajoling his smarter, less popular friend Adam into writing his essay for him. As they bicker like an old married couple, the power goes out. No ordinary electrical grid failure, this power outage includes anything electronic and computerized. Suddenly, analog devices and vintage vehicles with simple engines are the only things that work. As utilities fail and everyday life grinds to a halt, disorder and violence ensue. In this new normal, the job of creating and maintaining order falls to Adam’s police-captain mother and retired next-door neighbor, Herb, who possesses a skill set and basement arsenal that hint at a career as a spy. Roles change, and power shifts. What will happen to Adam and his friends as their world descends into chaos? This is a coming-of-age story wrapped in an action/adventure disguise. The real story is Adam’s metamorphosis from slightly awkward sidekick to strong, steady leader. Much of the book focuses on the slow breakdown of society and the main characters’ responses to it. The characters are well developed and the dialog engaging and realistic, which adds nuance and complexity to the book. Die-hard action fans will long for more action scenes, as most of these come at the dramatic conclusion of the book. However, there is enough substance to appeal to a broad range of readers. Reviewer: Amy Fiske; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Adam, 16, is helping his friend Todd work on a computer project at school when everything shuts down. At first, it seems like a run-of-the-mill blackout, but then they notice that anything with a computer has been affected. Luckily, Adam drives a '79 Omega and therefore is able to travel around town. Things are a bit tougher than usual, but everyone is hopeful that things will get back to normal soon. Adam's neighbor Herb, a retired and secretive government paper pusher, is helpful as the situation unravels but is also aware that things may never be the same again. Between Herb's inside knowledge and Adam's mother being police captain, a lot of the truth about what is going on is revealed to Adam. This story shows what happens to people and society when everyday rules go out the window and everyone is struggling to survive. Some of the characters lack depth, but Adam is a relatable protagonist. The story tends to drag at times as the main action doesn't occur until the very end, but key moments will propel readers forward. Rule of Three maintains a realistic and frightening look at what happens when technology is lost and modern society begins to fall apart.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-20
When Adam's civilization falls, there's no zombie plague or nuclear war--a computer virus destroys modern technology, and people do the rest. With no warning, all computers and cellphones shut off, cars die in the streets, and anything with a computer in it refuses to turn on. Adam checks in with his neighbor and family friend, Herb, a retired bachelor whose career involved top-secret work in foreign countries. Paranoid Herb straightaway works to maneuver Adam and his family so they are supplied and protected. Adam's family isn't helpless--his police-captain mother organizes patrols and keeps the situation from falling to complete chaos, taking Herb's counsel on the extraordinary circumstances. Soon, their neighborhood has to restructure and wall itself off to survive, especially against organized, heavily armed raiders. Reticent Adam, who frequently witnesses the adults' closed-door proceedings, often gets lost in his silence, and Herb consistently steals the show. Otherwise, Adam and Herb make a good team, pairing youthful hope with calculating cynicism. Many of the most exciting moments involve student-pilot Adam's homemade ultralight plane--noncomputerized and therefore still functional. The prose can be clunky, reading at times like a survivalist instruction manual disguised as dialogue--but the detailed content is more than worth it, capturing the nitty-gritty of rebuilding--and defending--civilization. Perfect for aspiring doomsday preppers and survivalists. (Adventure. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374355050
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Series:
Rule of Three Series , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
14,921
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Rule of Three


By Eric Walters

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Copyright © 2014 Eric Walters
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-374-35505-0


CHAPTER 1

"Can't you keyboard a little bit faster?" Todd asked.

We were in the computer room during study hall, our second-to-last class of the day. Not exactly where I wanted to be, but there were worse places to be than hanging with my best friend—even if we were working on his essay.

"It's not the speed of my fingers that's slowing us down. I can only type what you say. And you're not saying anything," I answered.

"Come on, Adam, I'm counting on you to fill in the blanks on this thing."

"It's your essay."

"Don't you want me to pass?" Todd cajoled.

"Of course I want you to pass."

"Then you'd better get busy, because that whole passing thing isn't likely to happen if you don't contribute."

"You wouldn't need my help if you didn't wait until the last minute to do your homework, you slacker," I said.

"It is not the last minute. This isn't due until final period."

"Which is in forty minutes," I replied.

"That's my point. It won't be the last minute until thirty-nine minutes from now. If I handed it in now, technically it would be early."

This was Todd logic at its finest. He was almost impossible to reason with but totally impossible not to have a laugh with. The freshman girls seated on either side of us in the computer lab seemed to agree as they started giggling.

"Please don't encourage him," I said.

"And now you don't want me to be encouraged. What sort of best friend are you?" Todd demanded. "If you ladies want to offer me encouragement, please feel free."

They giggled again. This was obviously becoming more about him trying to impress them and less about helping me help him avoid flunking another assignment.

"Why didn't you just do this last night?" I asked.

"I was worn out from football practice. Physically and mentally. You'd have been worn out, too, if you hadn't quit the team."

I snorted. "I didn't quit. I just didn't try out this year."

"Same thing."

"It's not the same thing. I chose flying lessons over football."

"What kind of normal sixteen-year-old chooses flying lessons over anything?"

"One who wants to be a pilot."

"Just like Daddy."

"Sure." My father was a commercial pilot for Delta. He had been in uniform at the breakfast table and said he was heading to O'Hare this morning. I knew he would be taking off on his return flight soon, so he'd be home in time to read with the twins before they went to bed.

"Personally, I'd rather be like your mother," Todd said.

"My mother is a woman," I pointed out. "And I gotta tell you that picturing you in a dress, heels, and makeup is a bit unnerving."

"First off, I want to be a police officer, like your mother. Second, the idea that you are picturing me in a dress, makeup, and heels is more than a bit unnerving," he replied. "Just how long have you been fantasizing about me as a woman?"

Once Todd got started it was hard to turn him off.

"Excuse me!" Todd called out. Everybody in the lab turned to face him. "How many people find it disturbing that Adam has been picturing me as a woman?"

Lots of hands went up.

"Ignore him, please!" I protested.

"Adam, don't be ashamed, embrace your feelings!"

"Let me know when you're done, Todd."

"In this day and age it's important that all of us accept you for what you are and how you feel. In fact, I take it as a compliment that you fantasize about me."

"I don't fantasize about you!"

"Don't be embarrassed. I'm sure you're not the only one who fantasizes about me." He turned to the girl on one side. "Right? You must admit I've entered your dream world at least once or twice."

She stopped laughing and looked like she was choking on something.

"Don't be shy," he said. "Embrace your feelings, too. Live the fantasy and you could become part of the total Todd experience."

She turned beet red, gathered up her things, and practically ran away. The other two girls beside us pretended to ignore us now.

"Nice," I said.

"Mean, possibly. Fun, tremendously. That's why God created high school—so kids in older grades could torment kids in younger grades."

I knew that Todd could be neither embarrassed nor contained. He was as relentless as an avalanche. All I could do was redirect him.

"Since when did you decide you wanted to be a police officer?"

"Recently. I decided it would be cool to run around with a gun," he said.

"The fact that you don't have a gun right now is at least a small blessing for all of us."

"I'll ignore that crack—but if I had a gun I would force you to play football."

"Like I said, I have no time."

"You could have time for both football and flying lessons if you didn't waste so much time on school. That's my solution."

"And just how is that working out for you?" I asked.

"It would be going extremely well if somebody would stop giving me a hard time and help me finish up this essay."

"Let's just get it finished. I have to get out of here right after school. I have a flight lesson."

"Okay, Orville Wright," he said.

"Hey, better Orville Wright than Orville Redenbacher. Three more lessons and then I solo."

"When you get your license, do you know who I want to be the very first person up in the air with you?"

"You?"

"I was thinking anybody except me!"

The two girls to my left started giggling again—as well as a couple of other people in the lab.

"You better not insult the man who has your future at his fingertips or—"

The lights suddenly went out, the computer screen went blank, and everybody in the lab collectively groaned as we were thrown into darkness.

"What happened?" I wondered.

"Power failure or something. More important, did you at least save my essay?" Todd questioned.

"I saved it ... a few minutes ago. It's almost all there."

"But I need all of it there! What am I going to tell Mr. Dixon?"

"You'll tell him about the power failure."

"He won't believe me!"

"Of course he'll believe you. The lights are out everywhere, so I think he might have noticed." I gestured to the darkened hall. "This isn't just a power failure in the computer lab. Besides, I'm sure everything will be back on soon," I said.

"Soon may not be soon enough, and he won't believe me that it was almost done. You have to tell him!"

"Why me?"

"He'll believe you ! You hand in your assignments on time, you never skip class, you do your reading, and you're always polite to teachers. You are such a suck-up!"

"It's called being responsible."

"Suck-up ... responsible ... different words for basically the same—"

"Hey, my computer is down, too," the girl beside us said.

"Everybody's computer went off," Todd said. "Computers need a magical substance called electricity." He turned to me. "Today's younger generation doesn't understand much."

"I understand that this is my laptop and it has a battery," she said.

"The battery must be dead."

"But mine went down as well," another boy said.

"Mine, too," a girl at the other end of the lab added. All of them were on laptops.

"Well, that's because ..." Todd turned to me. "Well, Adam?"

"How should I know?"

"Didn't you win the science fair last year?"

"That was for designing a two-seated ultralight, not because I know everything about electricity."

"Come on, you know everything about everything. I wouldn't let you do my homework if you didn't. Can we go and find Mr. Dixon and explain to him about my paper?"

I wasn't going to do that. But I did want to see what was going on. I gave a big sigh and got to my feet.


* * *

The halls were filling with kids. The only light was coming from classroom windows and scattered emergency lights running on batteries. Classes had ended unexpectedly, and everyone was streaming out. There was a lot of laughing and loud conversation as kids enjoyed an early break.

"Can I have your attention, please!" a deep voice boomed. "Please, everybody, stop where you are!" It was our vice principal yelling through a handheld bullhorn. "We need everybody in the gym for a brief assembly!"

There were groans from the crowd.

"I say we head for the doors," Todd said. "In this commotion there's no way they're going to be able to stop us from leaving."

"What about the assembly?"

"And you wonder why I call you a suck-up?"

We headed down the stairs, only to find two teachers at the exit deflecting the river of students toward the gym.

"So much for leaving," I said. I knew Todd was disappointed, but I really did want to hear what they had to tell us.

We went with the flow. The gym was dimly lit with just a few emergency lights. It was already crowded, and I felt a little claustrophobic as we pushed in. The bleachers were filled to capacity and we were herded onto the court, shoulder to shoulder. I was grateful to be taller than most everybody else. Did they really think they could cram fifteen hundred kids into this space?

"My phone isn't working," Todd said.

"You know there are lots of dead spots in this school."

"No, I mean it's as blank as the computer screens." He showed it to me.

"Your battery is dead. Your phone needs that magical substance called electricity to—"

"My phone is dead, too," a girl said.

"Same here," somebody else added.

All around us people who had overheard were pulling out their phones. There was a chorus of disbelief and upset. It was strange how they seemed more upset about their phones not working than there being no electricity.

I pulled out my phone, just to confirm things. It was off—as per the school rules—but when I pushed the button to turn it on, it remained blank. I knew my phone was fully charged. The cell phone towers probably needed electricity to work. Is that why we weren't even getting a screen? No, that didn't make sense. Even without the towers there should have been power to run other apps.

"Can I have your attention!" Our principal was on the stage with a bullhorn. "Please!" he called out. "We need everybody to listen carefully ... Please stop talking!"

There was a murmur of conversation that faded to a semisilence, an acceptable level of cooperation.

"As you are all aware, we have a power failure," he started. "We're assuming that it's probably countywide, as there is a complete breakdown in telephone service, both landlines and cell phones, which must be related to the power failure."

The crowd noise went up as those who hadn't noticed previously all pulled out their cell phones to confirm what he'd said.

"Quiet down, people! The sooner we can finish here, the sooner you can all go home!"

A cheer went up from the crowd and then applause.

"Silence, please!" The noise faded. "Whatever the issue is, I'm confident it is being addressed and will be corrected shortly."

For some reason I had a feeling it wasn't going to be so simple. I was still thinking about why the batteries in the laptops had gone dead.

"We've decided to cancel final period today and let you all go home early."

A cheer went up from the audience once again.

He raised a hand to quiet everyone. "You can stay here in the gym to wait for the buses. If you're driving or walking, keep in mind there will probably be no functioning traffic lights, so please be careful. Dismissed."

There was an even bigger cheer as we all started for the exits.

CHAPTER 2

The flood of students spilled out through every available door of the gym. With my dad away, I guess this meant I was picking up the twins at the elementary school, as I knew my mother would be asked to stay on duty with the power out. They'd be keeping all officers on duty, and as captain of the precinct she would be tied up completely until this was resolved. And since no power meant no flying lesson, my afternoon was pretty much shot anyway.

"Do you need to get anything from your locker?" I asked Todd.

"Nope. I guess that essay for Dixon will be due tomorrow, but we have study hall beforehand to finish it up."

"I have to give you marks for being consistent."

"All I need is a ride home. Hey, do you see her?"

"Keep your voice down," I hissed. "I see her."

Just exiting the building ahead of us was Lori—holding hands with Chad. I felt myself cringe. Something that nice shouldn't be touching something that bad. I didn't dislike many people, but Chad was in that group. A rich, snobby, squinty-eyed lacrosse player two grades ahead, he didn't like me either. As Todd had pointed out more than once, it didn't take a genius to figure out I had a thing for Lori. So far she hadn't noticed, or if she had, she pretended that she hadn't.

"I don't know what she sees in him," I said.

"Let's ask her. Hey, Lori!" Todd screamed.

Lori and Chad turned around, and I wanted to find a rock to crawl under.

"I was wondering," Todd called out as we caught them. "We were both wondering—"

"What you got on the history test!" I exclaimed, cutting him off. Lori, Todd, and I had the same third-period class.

"An eighty-nine," she said, and flashed us a smile. I felt my feet get mushy.

"That's great," Todd said, "but I was really wondering—"

"If you wanted to join our study group for the finals," I broke in again. Todd laughed but I ignored him. "I know it's early, but it's important to get these things sorted out."

"Umm, that would be great," she said.

Chad shot me a dirty look. He was neither impressed nor deceived.

"Good. See you tomorrow. Come on, Todd, we better go now."

"But—"

"If we don't leave now, somebody is going to be walking home, if you understand what I'm saying."

"I understand. Okay, then, let's get going. See you two ladies tomorrow."

Lori smiled, and Chad scowled but was smart enough not to say anything back. Todd was younger but bigger, and he had a well-earned reputation for being quick-tempered, tough, and willing to fight just about anybody. It wouldn't have helped Chad's cool to be beaten up by a guy two years younger. They walked off.

"I think that's part of the answer to your question," Todd said, gesturing to Chad's BMW.

"I don't think so. She's got too much going for her to be impressed by somebody's car. You'd have to be pretty shallow to let something like that influence you."

"Hey, watch what you're saying. If he wasn't such a complete tool, I'd become his friend just to ride in that car. Look at the piece of junk you drive."

"It's not junk, it's a classic." I unlocked the door.

"A classic is a '57 Corvette, not an '81 Omega," he said.

I reached over and unlocked his door. "It's a '70-something Omega and it is a classic. By definition, any car that's older than twenty-five years is a classic. Do the math."

"I won't be doing any math until next semester, when I have to take it as a subject."

I turned the key and the car groaned but didn't want to start. "Come on, come on."

"I bet you Chad's car will start," Todd said.

"So will mine."

"She'd better or I'm going to have to try and hail down Chad and get a—"

The engine roared to life. I adjusted the rearview mirror, got ready to back out, and ... saw only people standing by their cars. I eased out and for once wasn't fighting to edge my way through other cars. No vehicle was moving. Not one. Kids were opening car hoods all over the place. What was happening? I stopped and rolled down my window. There were voices, but no engines racing other than mine.

"This is weird," Todd said. "What's going on?"

"I'm not sure."

I put the Omega into park, and Todd and I climbed out. All of the cars were dead except mine. Then I saw an old beat-up minivan slowly inching through the crowd.

"This can't be happening," Todd said. "It's not possible that all the vehicles in the parking lot stopped working at once except for two old wrecks."

A thought jolted me. "It's the computers."

"What have the computers got to do with the cars not working?"

"A modern car has more computers on it than the space shuttle. If something has shut down the computers in the school, they must have shut them down out here in the parking lot."

"And your car, because it's as old as the car Fred Flintstone drove, doesn't have any computers," Todd said.

"Exactly." I had a brief flash of what all this meant. This was bad. Really bad. "We have to roll. We need to pick up my brother and sister. Get back in the car."

"Hold on—that still leaves you one empty seat," Todd said. "Lori!" he screamed, his voice cutting through the rising tide of voices that filled the parking lot. She was standing next to Chad's car and turned to face us.

"Can we give you a ride?" he yelled.

She smiled, nodded, and came toward us—but not before giving Chad a little kiss goodbye. That made my skin crawl.


(Continues...)

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Eric Walters, a former elementary-school teacher, is a bestselling children's author in Canada. He is the founder of Creation of Hope, which provides care for orphans in the Makueni district of Kenya, and lives in Mississauga, Ontario.


Eric Walters, a former elementary school teacher, is a bestselling children’s author in Canada. He is the founder of Creation of Hope, which provides care for orphans in the Makueni district of Kenya. His recent books include The Rule of Three and Nothing to Fear.

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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I was interested in reading The Rule of Three by author Eric Walters after I first saw the cover. It practically screamed End of the World and high intensity. That being said I was very excited to get reading and I will say that The Rule of Three was nothing like I expected it to be but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Still, The Rule of Three was a novel that I found highly interesting and fast-paced.  In The Rule of Three main character Adam Daley is at his high school when one day everything goes upside down. It starts with a think-nothing-of-it power outage, but things seem to be getting stranger and stranger when Adam and his fellow students notice that not even their cell phones have service. Theories are being thrown about, everybody wants to know what’s going on and why this is happening. Returning to his home, Adam discovers that things are worse across the country. Allied only with his friends, family, an ex-government spy and his community—Adam will have to protect his neighborhood from outsiders, chaos and discover why all of this is happening. When reading The Rule of Three I really enjoyed how fast paced the novel was. It felt like there was always a new thing going on in every chapter and nothing really dwelled on any one thing for longer than it had to. Take that and add it to how realistic the novel was about how the entire country ends up in such a great state of discord: it made The Rule of Three very exciting. Especially when it came to the unfolding adventures that main character Adam would go on in the novel.  Still, I did have a few problems when it came into my getting really interested and invested in the novel while reading. Personally, I was unable to get really interested in the way the novel was written. I felt that there was too much dialogue instead of any actual descriptions and with that came either plot holes or things that just didn’t make sense. Because of this I felt disconnected from the main character, Adam, and was unable to relate to him in most of the things that took place in the novel. There was too much dialogue for me and I was unable to produce the scenes in my mind which definitely took away from the experience. Apart from that I did still like the setting and the way that the characters interacted in The Rule of Three. There were a mix of realistic and unrealistic things that came about when it came to them but I still really did find that the way the characters interacted and faced situations gave the plot a lot of life. Again, I just wish that there had been more descriptions of these characters to bring them to life also. My hands down favorite character had to be Herb. An ex-government spy and a total badass– that old man got things done. Judging by the way that the novel came to an end I wouldn’t be surprised if a sequel managed its way into existence and any readers who read this novel and were more invested than I was should definitely be looking forward to it. The ending was nice and gave off a hopeful edge especially after you consider everything else that has happened in the novel. Any readers who are interested in a novel that will give them a post-apocalyptic world that could become a reality will definitely like The Rule of Three. Readers who are fans of dystopia, adventure or want a novel with both of those themes and a small bit of romance tossed in should enjoy The Rule of Three.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Rule of Three was such a surprise. I got into it thinking it is something along with lines of The 5th Wave, but I have to say that I actually enjoyed it even more than The 5th Wave. The Rule of Three starts off with the world ceasing to exist as it is and that reason is the computers around the world shut off. Computers, motors, internet, pumps, turbines, factories, cars, planes.. everything. Everything that is a crucial part of our survival has disappeared. This book made me take a step back and really see how we've become so dependent to technology, It was seriously scary. The Rule of Three is more about survival and learning to survive without technology. How to get clean water to drink, growing food and plowing and creating land to be able to farm on, building contraptions to make their everyday life easier but without the use of technology, and lastly working as a team to protect themselves and from any foreign and dangerous outsiders. The book is narrated through Adam, a 16 year old boy with an ex-spy neighbor. As soon as all hell broke loose, I loved seeing how his neighbor was able to think fast, and 3 steps ahead of everyone else. It doesn't hurt that he was an ex-CIA (or similar) agent back in the days. They were all fighting against time and against the gangs formed as well as threats that will come their way from outside their community. The way the neighbor made their community self-sustainable was just so fascinating to me. I loved reading every minute of it. I know people would automatically compare this novel to the tv. show Revolution, but Revolution is more killing, moving from one place to another, and more killing. The Rule of Three is more about learning to survive with what you have. I definitely picked up a few tricks and useful points if I ever needed them (haha). There is romance here but I blocked it from my mind. It was very underdeveloped and too immature-ish for my taste. Overall The Rule of Three was a very different and interesting read. The way it ended hints at a sequel but I am still not sure if there is one. However, if there is I am definitely picking it up. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it described a situation in which everyone had to do something to help build a utopia of sorts on their own, their own little slice of heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was good up until the end when the stry ends abruptly and they get just what they wanted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read very engaging
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy read. Not too many characters to keep up with and it captures your attention. Short chapters which is also very nice.
justfortracey More than 1 year ago
This book was not quite what I had been expecting and that's a good thing actually because I enjoyed it more for being a little different and not a cookie cutter story line. It's a book about pulling together and discovering what your made of - or not. I plan to read the next one when it's out.
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These is on of the best books I seen I see from what poeple post they get what they want from the end but In a world like that you will fail and win I like that they did that so they get what they want but in return they are against a great force that they having one win in that war does not make the book bad but from my thoughts I thought it was great I loved how you did it well done and I hope these becomes a series I would buy every one of these books good job!
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Book was amazing I recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compared to other survival books, this one is a bit more calm. I feel like this book is more on the educational side, where i was learning how to survive if this would have happened while dealing different situations in a peaceful manner. Sure you dont get much violence until the end. but it was okay book.
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This book was amazing. Granred it is for younger readers that like adventure of others. The booj starts out kinda borring but gets more exciting as you go through the book. Part of a series that contiues from were it leave off in the previous book. I greatly recomend readin this book if you like adventrous books. If you like the idea of flying or like flying this book has some flying in it also. It also has soom goo survivel tips. Over all good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Likked it ?
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Xddh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be fair I didn't finish the book the entire way through but stopped at about halfway. However, it is almost like the book 'Life as We Knew It' but for a much younger reader. I personally am 15 and read said book about a year ago, but rule of three was disappointingly wwwaaayyyy too easy. It was all dialogue with hardly no scenery descriptions, no personal feelings - no attachment to any of the characters. If you want an easy quick read go ahead, but other wise it was a poor written book that is simply straightforward with no emotions or connections at all. (If you haven't read 'Life As We Knew It' I strongly suggest doing so, it was fantastic, and part of a series.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally don't own the book, but i borrowed it from my super cute friend and i fell in love. With the book, not the boy. I did that a couple years ago. I LOVE YOU ALEX!!!!!! "I'm stuck in the friend zone again and again" "All or nothing at all" P.S. if you know where those are from i love you And yes i am probably a liitle insane
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I havent read it yet I'm giving it three stars because the cover it awsome.