The Rule of Three Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 40 user ratings

" Amazing read. Page-turning and exciting but also thought-provoking. Makes an interesting statement about the reliance that our society has on technology, and what happens when that fails. Worse than Y2K! Would have liked to know more about what caused it, but possibly that will be revealed in the next book. " said.

"I was fortunate enough to have this series suggested by my 13 year old son. What started as an english assignment quickly turned my son into an avid fan, who had me searching for book two for Christmas and him saving his Chapters gift card for book three (just released).

Having now completed my read of this dystopian young adult novel, set in curiously familiar surroundings (if you don't recognize it, google the street names and you can see an ariel view of the place where this novel is set) I have to admit my son is right. Eric delivers a fast paced and engaging book that keeps you turning the pages. The best praise I can give Eric is the challenge tossed at my own feet by my son. "Mom, can you write this well? This book is loaded with plot twists and humour." Fine. It looks like it's game on, Eric! :-) well done! I will be shortly diving into book two.
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"A blackout strikes in Eden mills causing a viral devastation. After three days a fight for power began, as people weren't able to survive on their own. Adam with the help of his neighbor who is a retired government spy and his mother who is a police captain can save Eden mills.

I picked up this book because it was one of the Red Maple books and it seemed to be interesting. The title really brought me into the thought of reading it, and so I did.

I finished this book because I wanted to see how the people were able to handle it without electricity, which means no phone, no t.v, and almost nothing. Usually when blackouts occur for 5-10 minutes in the real world more than half the people are unable to handle it. In that time they could have missed an important call, a text message, the ending of the movie and etc. Many people consider electricity as something which is important in their lives.

I would recommend this book to Betty because she reads a lot of books with extreme action and adventure.
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"When the blackout that hits Adam's school turns out to be a world-wide event that has knocked out all computer technology, Adam and his community rally together to survive. Guided by a retired spy, and Adam's mom, a local police captain, they learn to do what needs to be done in order to maintain some level of safety, and the veneer of civilization.

I picked this book up because I read a really positive review of it. There was a lot of writing being done about this book. Wanting to support Canadian writers, I knew i would buy this book. Reading it would of course happen.

I finished the book because I wanted to see how the conflict that I knew had to happen, would play out. Things were going along to easily. They kept talking about the dire things that would happen, and I was waiting to see how they would materialize.

I would recommend this to all those who enjoyed the Hunger Games. While that book was entertaining and exciting, it was nowhere near anyone's sense of reality. This book, while maintaining a level of excitement, is close to being real. We've all experienced a blackout, how much more would it take to experience the kind of tech crash described within the pages?
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So it's time to start another dystopian series. I found the cover really catching and it is quite similar to Monument 14 also their texture is the same ( because they have the same publisher, at the paperbacks at least).

After reading they synopsis, reading other reviews and reading a lot of dystopia or post-apocalyptic novel, I find this book boring. Also, there is a similar tv show: Revolution, even though I haven't watched it.

So it started when Adam and Todd is writing an essay then the whole school, or the whole America, or maybe the whole world, (hoping questions will be answered on the next two books), experienced a blackout. Everything that contains computers - cars, laptops, cellphones and other gadgets stopped working except some old cars that doesn't have a GPS/"computer" installed. And of course the main character have almost everything. A working old car. A plane. Police mom. And an odd neighbor that stopped every problem/riot just by talking. (It's quite odd that everyone is follows to him. But considering their problem to the problems of other dystopia/apocalyptic books it's quite small. No electricity modern cars/gadgets is quite fine.) Plus the community is not dying it is rebuilding and is not in any form of CHAOS! (the summary tells... a community dies in seconds or something like that).

The whole book just revolves about Herb who just resolve every problem easily with the help of Adam's police mom, her crush-and-now-girlfriend's father and a dozen of others. They are just rebuilding the town with just small problems that is solved right away. Until the last chapters wherein they (view spoiler)" said.

"Lately, dystopian visions dominate the landscape for teen readers. Some have zombies (Ashes), some have vampires (The Hunt), most have malevolent governance (Among the Hidden, Uglies, Divergent). This one sticks to what might actually happen if we can accept the conceit of a massive, simultaneous, world-wide failure of computers. By page 15, normal has ended, beginning as a power outage and slowly sinking backward a century. This isn't The Hunger Games or The 5th Wave; more like Ashfall or perhaps Tunnel in the Sky.

"The Rule of Three" is a survival story, realistically taking readers through what might happen when our beloved technology fails and we revert to the eighteenth century. Walters tells things from Adam's perspective. He's a serious sixteen year-old protagonist to whom many readers will relate. Although it is just over 400 pages long, the pace is generally good and the story believable.

Unlike Lucifer's Hammer or Mike Mullin's books, this is almost 'G' rated. There is no swearing, no drinking, no sex, no cannibalism (it is the first in a trilogy. Who knows what lies ahead). The inevitable brutality is distanced enough for sixth graders. Yet it is realistic and detailed enough to feed those hungry to know 'what if?' While I had minor misgivings - characterizations are thin, female ones especially so - I'll be suggesting this and looking forward to the next books in the series.
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"It was one of those days I was glad it was -6 F outside and -30 F with the wind chill factored in, as my job got cancelled for the day and I got to cuddle with this book all afternoon and evening. With my fireplace blazing, the wind howling, I got up quickly to fix dinner but otherwise I was wrapped up inside the drama in The Rule of Three and what drama there was. The excitement began quickly with anything that is run with computers losing power. Cars, phones, computers, the world that we take for granted is in lockdown. Adam and his best friend Todd make it home with his sister only because Adam has a classic car which does not use a computer. Adam’s neighbor Herb wants Adam’s help immediately. They make a quick run to the store, this stop at the store puts a spin on the book, either this man has gone crazy or he knows something the rest of them don’t. Herb used to work for the government, which branch and his position is still a mystery but we do know he was an operative and this guy is valuable. He’s resourceful and he knows his stuff, I would want him as a neighbor and on my team any day. Using his radio, Herb has contact with the rest of the world whereas everyone else has to rely on word of mouth. Many people believe this crisis is short-term but as the days progress, things start to fall apart. Adam’s mother, the police captain, has her hands full as people start to turn against one another. Adam’s crush Lori lives on a farm which provides some valuable resources. This positive proposal does come with some harmful returns unfortunately. Some communities and neighborhoods start to build their own individual fortress. To survive they need to work together, combining their resources to build a small community within their walls and not build armies to fight each other.
I thought the writing was brilliant and engaging. I was immediately hooked and drawn into the story and seriously did not put the book down all day long. I was surprised that we did not hear much from Adam’s mother in the book. Being an authority figure, I thought she would be all over it, but it seemed that Herb was running the show. Herb’s mannerism and his take-charge attitude won me over. His demeanor started to sway towards the end of the book, so perhaps in book two his character will change. Todd changed and I liked his carefree attitude which he had at the beginning, I hope that he can find that again. I really can’t wait for book 2 as I want to know what happens!! This is why I don’t read series until the books are all out, I am not a patient person.
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" And time to see if the library has the next book. " said.

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