Book Review: The Rule of Three

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Book Review: The Rule of ThreeThe Rule of Three by Eric Walters
Series: Rule of Three #1
Published by Macmillan on January 21st 2014
Pages: 416
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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, 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.

thoughtThe Rule of Three is a book I read on a whim. It had been sitting on my shelves for a while and I literally asked my husband to pick out my next book and this one caught his attention. I finished it in a weekend, not wanting to put it down for long. The Rule of Three is a title that fits the book, it’s a survival story of what happens when all the electricity and electronic devices stop working for no known reason. Even cars that have computers in them will no longer work.

Lucky for Adam and his family, their neighbor Herb seems to have been prepared for some things and helps them and their neighborhood to find ways to keep surviving without violence. The only problem is, there are already other large groups forming and they are not as friendly. It’s only an amount of time before they have to deal with a real fight, one they don’t want to but HAVE to prepare for.

Beyond the engaging story are the interesting characters. Adam loves flying and ends up finishing his small plane and getting it off ground to help find out more of what is going on in different areas. There’s Herb, the neighbor who can’t say what his past has led him to be so well prepared for this situation. Even Adam’s mother is a police officer and steps up to take charge of the situation.

There’s some romance as well, as Adam saves the girl he has liked for ages (Lori) from her farm being overrun and their relationship develops as the book goes on. I like Lori, she gives him crap for not having the guts to ask him out before and is sensible and down to earth. Truly though, it was the action and the characters that really pulled me into the story. My only disappointment is there’s really no word to what happened to cause the blackout and why, so I’m looking forward to the sequel when it comes out.


An engaging survival story with plenty of action and romance to keep the story moving.


2 responses to “Book Review: The Rule of Three

  1. I read this one and thought it was pretty good. I liked Adam and Lori a lot, and while it dragged a little for me in the middle, all in all I thought it was a good book. I’m looking forward to the sequel too…

  2. So glad to see a review of this book! I’ve seen it at the store and I had a student reading it at the end of the year, but I hadn’t seen many reviews. I think it sounds great, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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