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The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Monday, January 13, 2014

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.

Goodreads Summary

The main reason I loved this book was because both I and my father loved it.  This book could be a great gift to a father or son as well as to females.  Adam, the main character, is easy to relate to and root for.  I loved how the book dove straight into the action and detailed how a virus knocks out all computer systems-even systems some of us don't know are operated by computers.  Though people are optimistic in the beginning, they soon begin to realize the computers won't be turning on anytime soon.  With the help of his police captain mother and a retired government spy, Adam will attempt to save his neighborhood and family.

This book was packed with action!  I loved the fast-paced clip and was never bored.  Adam was a brave character with few flaws.  His mom was brave and their neighbor, the spy, was fascinating to listen to.  I did enjoy many of the characters, but there were so many I had to work to keep them straight.  I thought Walters did a great job of capturing the imagination of the reader with his vivid explanations and detailed settings.  I felt that he did research into the idea of a mass black-out lasting for an indeterminate amount of time.  Overall, I recommend this book to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. bn100 said...:

    Nice you and your dad enjoyed the book

  1. I've slowly gotten into this sub-genre of book b/c of the worldbuilding and how characters are developed. This one sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Berenice said...:

    Can you imagine this happening now? It would be crazy! This book sounds super. I'll have to check it out soon. Thank you! =)