Mar 14, 2014

Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Title: The Rule of Three
Author: Eric Walters
Publisher: FSG
Publication Date: 1.21.2014
Pages: 405
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Series: No
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

Anything can happen right? I certainly feel that way. You want to be prepared for any possibility that could happen. Well, you can try but there is no way that you will know what will happen and when it will hit. Adam feels just that.

I was completely amazed at the planning that had to go into this book. Was Eric Walters in the military? Or does he have friends or family who were? I don't know how he could have come up with such a detailed yet real scenario of this catastrophic event if he doesn't.  I feel like I could keep this book for ever and be prepared for the worst.

One of my favorite things about this book is the prediction of humanity and its decline when faced with life decisions. We all want to save ourself and our loved ones. But at what cost? Your humanity? What will you do to stay alive?  It really made me realize just how humans can be. It is definitely an eye opener.

The characters felt as if they were my family and neighbors. Eric gave you just enough to feel with them but even more when they struggled to save each other.  They say you learn a lot about someone in times of trouble or when faced with decisions. With every event and major decision you learned more about every character. Like their life door was slowing opening to you, as it would in real life. It really made me want to keep reading, to find out every ones secrets and their true self.

This book is so real it's scary. I think I have officially become a "prepper" and I need a basement to prepare. If anything like this were to ever happen, this book would be my life saver. I can't seem to express just how much I loved this book and how much it kept me on my toes.

If you like dystopians, you definitely need to read this. This book will not be leaving me anytime soon! 

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  1. I like how this book shows how the apocalypse went down - with computer virus as the ignitor, which is fairly plausible considering how much we all rely on electronic devices these days. It's also nice to know that the author did his homework with the plot and everything to make it more realistic. I will definitely try this one out. Thanks for sharing Hannah!

  2. Ooh this sounds like a me-book for sure! "the prediction of humanity and its decline when faced with life decisions" this is what I love about post apocalyptic novels it really makes you question what you would do and how humanity would survive/fall and a ot of the time it's quiet scary (and plausible, too! Or maybe I have no faith in mankind haha). It's part of why I loved Ashfall so much it really looks into this as well. Anyways, I def. need to give this one a try it's screaming my name!

  3. I've been meaning to read this, I'm glad to hear it's good!!


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