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The Rule of Three
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.  Read more...


 
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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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780374355029
  • ISBN-10: 0374355029
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 405
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

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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