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The Rule of Three (The Rule of Three #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,789 Ratings  ·  460 Reviews
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 enco ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Skier99 I think that the book takes place in Mississauga, Ontario: specifically in the Erin Mills area, near Erin Mills Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road…moreI think that the book takes place in Mississauga, Ontario: specifically in the Erin Mills area, near Erin Mills Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road ("Burnham Road" in the novel).
One of the reasons why I believe this is where the book takes place is because the author, Eric Walters, lives (and taught) in Mississauga; in addition to the fact that the book refers to Folkway Drive, which intersects with Erin Mills Parkway.(less)
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Nov 27, 2013 paula rated it it was ok
One afternoon, as teenage Adam and his best friend Todd are working in their high school computer lab, their computer abruptly shuts down. All the computers shut down - and everything that relies on computers to run. No electricity, no communication. Adam's mother is the local police chief and their next-door neighbor, Herb, is an elderly former government operative, so as alarm verges on panic, Adam finds himself at the center of his neighborhood's efforts to survive. Walls are erected, supplie ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Octavia rated it it was amazing
Review to come, but you should pre-order this.... like now. No, really go now please and pre-order! You're welcome!



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Yes, this is totally going to be one of those reviews that is 60% gifs, 30% incoherent screaming and caps locks, 5% me demanding you go out and buy it, 3% analogies made of pure nonsense and 2% coherent review. Now that you have been warned, let's get this party going!!!


Wendy Darling
DNF around 80 pages. It's fine, and the story is interesting, but I don't love the writing style. The dialogue in particular doesn't seem to flow very naturally.

Also: too many exclamation points.
Feb 07, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was over the whole dystopian genre, but this book proved me wrong – very wrong. I won a copy of this book through Twitter, and I’m glad I did, because I never would have bought it from the bookstore. My problem with dystopian fiction is that it is most always completely unbelievable, but that was far from the case with this book.

The basis of the novel is that technology ends. One minute all is fine, and the next there is no electricity, no computers, no phones, nothing. Though that
Oct 21, 2015 Allison rated it did not like it
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Mar 03, 2015 Nelithma Wasage rated it really liked it
All over the world, electricity has shut down. Computers don't work. Neither do most cars. Our way of life is rendered completely useless. Next comes the chaos. People don't know what to do - they can't get home, they can't go to work, they can't live like this! The fight for power begins...
For Adam Daley, it's no different. On one day, all technology shuts down. At first it seems like a normal power outage, until kids discover that cellphones are down, municipal utilities are out of commissio
Fuck. I love books like this. SO MUCH. It reminded me of when I read "Ashfall". I love books that are just about humans surviving in apocalypses. I mostly get this from zombie novels, but there's something refreshing when the only enemy is human nature. You know, other humans. Just trying to survive in these extreme circumstances.

I liked Adam. I'm pissed we never found out what Herb did for a living. Also: what happened to Adam's dad? I kept expecting him to show up. Frustrating. Even more frust
Imagine having to survive without electricity for a month. It seems unimaginable but for Adam and his country it is simply reality. After a major power outage everything stops working from cars to phones. Adam's community must learn to work together and in the end survive throughout this terrible black out.
As I mentioned before, I joined Red Maple because of my passion of reading. After recently the layed back, How to Outrun A Crocodile With Your Shoes Untied, I felt the urge to read an intense
Nov 11, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, survival
Adam is 16. He's in school one day, helping his buddy with a paper, joking around and flirting with girls. Normal stuff - that is, until the power goes out. After realizing it's not a normal power outage - cell phones are out too and cars won't start - Adam is able to drive his older model car home. His neighbor, ex-spy Herb, seems to be preparing for the worst. But it's just a normal power drill, right? Everything will be back up and running soon. But as Herb warns, it's likely to get worse. An ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Damian rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really interesting book. I really liked it. It was interesting because like it says on the back, the idea of the book is that all the power/electricity is wiped out. I felt like this was a highly possible situation given the current events. I would recommend this to everyone.
Nov 30, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. The book was basically a story of what would happen if all of the computers and electricity stopped working. The thing about this is it could actually happen. Right now I don't think humanity is prepared for something like this.
Sep 07, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good YA post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel if it’s done right. Unfortunately so many of them aren’t. I’m happy to say that this one fits the former category and not the later.

What I liked about this one is that unlike so many post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels out there that take place 100 years or more in the future, this one takes place in present day. It made the disaster and the subsequent consequences much more relatable for me. I could actually see something like this happening toda
Carina Olsen
Dec 29, 2014 Carina Olsen rated it did not like it
Oh, how I had issues with this book. I really wanted to love it. Though it did take me over a year to finally read my copy. But yeah. I thought this book sounded exciting and a bit different. I was nervous, as I wasn't sure it would be for me, but I hoped. And I'm so disappointed, because I really did not like this book.

I'm not sure how to begin talking about it. And I don't think my review will be all that long, because when I think about this book, I don't have any positive things in my head.
Feb 14, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Plot- 6.5/10
Characters- 7/10
Writing- 7.5/10
World Building- 8.5/10

Total- 7.1/10

Quickie Review- This was not a good book. 2.5 stars is generous, actually. I tried so hard to get into this book. Really. I saw it at the library and went, OMG THAT'S A SICK COVER. And the blub on goodreads was pretty cool. HOWEVER, there were numerous flaws with this book. First of all, the plot never got interesting until page 350. NO action, just a whole bunch of planning and talking. In no way was this a g
Mar 15, 2015 Jood rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2015
When a blackout hits Adam's school, it turns out that all computers and technology have been shut down all over the world. Adam and his community team up in order to survive with the help of Adams mom a police officer and their neighbour Herb a retired government spy.

I picked this book up because it was by one of my favourite authors;Eric Walters, It was also one of this years red-maple books which was a bonus.This book was a little over-the-top for me because everything was so fast-paced, In f
Feb 15, 2015 Vaishni rated it really liked it
Shelves: febuary-2015
A blackout hits Adam's neighborhood as it turns out to be a viral catastrophe. People have gotten frightened, causing them to start making little troupes to protect themselves. With the help of Adam's neighbor, who is a retired spy and Adam's mom, a police captain, Eden Mills might have the chance to stay alive, but only if they work together.

I picked up this book because it was a Red Maple Nominee for this year. Also, I have heard that Eric Walters is an extraordinary writer which gave me anot
Marilyn Belsham
This book does the end of the world as we know it extremely well. I felt very uneasy through much of it. I think it's likely an accurate portrayal of the breakdown of society in a situation like this. Not every character is particularly likeable and neither did they all make the decisions that I would make, but that's just like real life I suppose. I am not a fan of the extremely sudden ending though. This will evidently be part of a trilogy but I still like an author or make an attempt at creat ...more
Susan Faw
Feb 26, 2016 Susan Faw rated it really liked it
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 h
Jan 11, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
DAYvid Hewitt (the biblioflick buff)

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
Apr 16, 2015 Sheyani rated it really liked it
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 t
Jul 01, 2014 Terry rated it really liked it
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 perha ...more
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 Canadi
Jul 30, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, teen, dystopian
"The Rule of Three" is a dystopian vision of a new world that begins when the lights, computers and iphones go out in sixteen year old Adam Daley's school in Milton. Amid the fear and chaos that follows, Adam's neighbours guided by the sound advice of Herb Campbell a retired enigmatic government spy and his mother the Captain of a local precinct, band together pooling their talents and resources as government and security break down.

With his father away and the electrical outage global, Adam qui
Oct 15, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
It's just another normal day at school for Adam, hanging with his best friend Todd and crushing on Lori, when a power outage gets them all sent home from school. Very quickly they discover this isn't any ordinary power outage: anything powered by computers is no longer functional. Adam's old car is suddenly a prized possession, and he's one of the few able to make it home to his neighborhood that night. With the help of his neighbor Herb, who seems strangely prepared for this sort of disaster, A ...more
India Williams
Jun 03, 2014 India Williams rated it it was amazing
Grade range: High School

Genre: Dystopia, Adventure

Literary Merit: Very Good

Characterization: Very Good

Recommendation: Everyone should read it

Summary: After the power and all the electronics go out one evening, Adam Daley and his community are thrown into a state of shock when they realize that almost everything they own is computer-run. Adam is out school when the power goes out and on his way home, he experiences his first sight of panic. Since most people were dependent on their cars, wh
Nov 20, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about this book.... When I first started it I thought it was going to be another zombie book. But I kept reading. No outside living species was trying to kill off humans. The only danger to humanity was humanity. All computers shut down and groups of people band together in large amount and small amounts. The Division, was made up of 40,000 EX military. Eden Mills was made up of 1,600 people, and Olde Burnham was around 400 people.
As cars shut down, and planes fall
Apr 22, 2015 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
What happens when the power goes out, and all things powered by computers stop working? That's what happened one day while Adam was at school, working on and essay. It was no ordinary blackout either. It was worldwide, and not only did the power go out, everything controlled by computers stopped working with no indication on when it would be fixed or if it would even be fixed. When chaos breaks out all around him, Adam must work with his neighbours to save himself, his family, and his neighbourh ...more
Rachel Seigel
Jan 15, 2014 Rachel Seigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2015 Lucas rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in happy endings?
If you do, this shall be a fantastic novel for you.
Man, was it ever a charm to read this novel as Adam Daley and Herb soar through the sky.
The setting begins with a typical day in high school. Everything that runs from a computer shut down including some cars and planes. Adams dad is a pilot for Delta and was on his way to O'Hare International Airport (Chicago's international Airport). Adams neighbour, Herb, decided to go to the pool store for some reason when the
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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
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