The Rule of Three
Farrar Straus Giroux
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Releases January 21, 2014
YA / Action / Post-Apocalypse
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.
Eric Walters has made me paranoid. I am constantly looking over my shoulder, waiting for the inevitable disaster that will leave humankind helpless and devolving into animals. I feel inclined to horde guns and canned goods, barricade my windows and doors, and start stock piling gasoline in my garage (which can’t be safe). Eric Walters may have just ruined my life. It will never be the same. Thanks for that.
The Rule of Three is a bit of an odd little book. It’s the days and weeks following some sort of EMP or computer virus that knocks out all the power and computers in the world, and the events that follow within a small community. It follows 16-year-old Adam, son of the local police commissioner and novice pilot, through the not-so-every-day moments after a life-as-we-know-it level disaster. Luckily he lives next door to a slightly eccentric elderly man, who Adam assumes used to be a spy and is quite the survivalist, stockpiling supplies, food, chlorine tablets, and grenades just in case.