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Fourth Dimension

(The Rule of Three)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In a world with no power, chaos soon descends. A powerful look at the disintegration of society in the wake of a massive and mysterious outage that has knocked out all modern amenities.

Fifteen-year-old Emma has moved house with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother. It's a brand-new condo building, which explains the semi-regular power outages, as workers complete the
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Penguin Teen
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15-year-old Emma was only supposed to go on a camping trip over the weekend for "quality time" with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother. Then the power went out, cars stopped working and cell phones became bricks. Far from her deployed father and their Marine friends they indefinitely hide out on the islands in the bay. As people become desperate to find food and shelter, the threat of violence becomes all too real.

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Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book attracted me with a great premise, but lost me once it fell into the rut that made me stop watching The Walking Dead: holy repetitiveness.

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I've never read Eric Walters before, but the premise of this kind of apocalyptic world sounded so promising. In the end, I was left underwhelmed, bored and disconnected. I was left with several questions that didn't leave a feeling of satisfaction in finishing. For instance, we never learn what caused the loss of
I received an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
DNF @ 35%
Meh. This book has an interesting concept and I'm disappointed it wasn't better. It's not like the writing was badin particular, the descriptive imagery in this book was excellentbut after awhile the repetitiveness of the plot became very boring. That, and I couldn't really stand the main character, Emma. She was such a brat! Any sort of connection I had with her instantly went downhill when (view spoiler)
Fourth Dimension tells the story of a small Marine family trying to survive after a complete technology blackout.  What starts off as the family annual camping trip quickly turns into a dog-eat-dog world as violence ensues when humanity realizes life as they knew it has come to an end.  Arming themselves with their mother's military experience, their camping supplies, and limited connections... the family sets out to do whatever they must to survive.

I think the concept of this book is really
Stephanie Tiner
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own2019, librarything
Fifteen-year-old Emma just moved to a new city with her mother and her little brother. Their apartment building is still under construction, so regular power outages are not uncommon. When the power goes out just as they are leaving for a weekend camping trip, they dont think much of it. That is until their car wont start and their cell phones die. Not to mention all of the cars that are no longer working, parked on the road outside their building.
Since they are already packed for their trip,
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great dystopian teen read. It is a stand alone companion to the Rule of Thre3 series, which I now may go back and read. I really liked how this appeals to not only the dystopian fans but also the adventure fiction crowd. Ive already recommended this to students and this is one of my Red Maple favourites this year. ...more
Libby May
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
So I didn't really enjoy this book.

Plot: the plot was ok. Sort of shallow and predictable. I don't even know what the point of this book was.

The Characters: the characters were ok. Emma had a sickening attitude in the beginning and she changed so hard towards the book that I didn't really feel like she was even the same person. But I guess it's possible considering what she and her family went through.
Ethan was cute, but I don't exactly know what his point was, just to be a younger sibling?
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I've read a few Eric Walters before, but none of his Rule of Three series. This book is set in the same 'world' as the Rule of Three series, but is not a part of that series. Or so I understand. It's post apocalyptic, although what actually happened is never explained. Other than that, it stands alone quite well, I didn't feel like I was missing anything.

The story itself is good, engaging and fast paced, the heroes are very heroic, the villains are very evil. I read it quickly and enjoyed
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a return to The Rule of Three universe which has been one of my favorites. I just love those breakdown of society novels although I wouldn't care to live there. It was a little unreal that all the adults listened to Emma and followed her suggestions but I can ignore that. I just like see to see women and girls as the leaders and strong characters. I eagerly await the next installment.
Susan B
If only I could choose 2.5 stars.

I wanted to like this book. I've read other books by Eric Walters (though none of the Rule of Three series for which this title is a companion) and I like him as an author and as a human being. Unfortunately, while he had an interesting premise here, the writing seems flat and one-dimensional. As other reviewers have said, the most likable characters are Emma's mother and Chris, a resident of Ward's Island (on which the majority of the action is set). There is
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read. Strongly recommended.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 25%. I just couldn't do it.

Soon after her parents divorce, Emma and her brother, Ethan, move with their mother to the city. As an ex-Marine, their mother's idea of a fun family outing is a camping trip on the island across the water at the edge of the city. Power within the city suddenly shuts down. Cars no longer run. Cellphones lose their ability to turn on. Suddenly, Emma's mother decides this camping trip is a necessity. Within the isolation of their camp, Emma and her family
Sarah Lee
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took my time reading this, it isn't a difficult read. It's a pretty good book and almost like a soap opera in the technique of revealing information. The title and fourth dimension as a psychological perspective kind of bothers me, but I found a way to go with it.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book starts out with a lot of potential.  The family dynamics between Emma, her mother, and her brother are realistic and amusing, and the imagery is vivid.  Once the power goes out, the situation deteriorates rapidly and as an ER nurse and former Marine, Emma's mother is well-trained to handle their situation.  She's a force to be reckoned with.

Shortly after, the story loses its luster.  Everything that happens - the people they meet and their occupations, the supplies they come across -
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, apocalyptic, survival
In Fourth Dimension a thrilling addition to the Rule of Three series fifteen-year-old Emma troubled by her parents divorce and the move into a new condo overlooking the lake is resentful about going with her mother and brother on a weekend camping trip. But when a massive power outrage strikes the city and their car wont start she has little choice but to help paddle their canoe to a small secluded island, setting up camp away from prying eyes on the water.

Well-written and intriguing, intensity
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-finished
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Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Emma is about to leave for a camping trip with her mother and brother when a power outage seems to freeze everything in place. Cars won't start, phones won't power on, and lights won't work. The only things still running seem to be machines and old vehicles that don't have internal computers. They decide to go anyways and take a boat to an island where the family sets up camp. As the days go on, people get more panicked and the city gets much more dangerous. Emma and her family have to find a ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise of this book intrigued and excited me, so I was excited to receive my copy and begin reading it. It started off good - it went right into the action, with the power going out within a few pages of the book beginning. I even enjoyed the adventure that Emma and her family go on.

For some reason, this book just came up short for me. I don't know if it was the character development - I found the characters that Emma and her family meet along the way to be quite convenient. With each new
S.M. Pearce
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Amos
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first started the book I was very confused with the setting and the characters who were introduced. Emma had moved into a house with her ex-military brother and her younger brother. They are living in a new condo building and this caused somewhat regular power outages. The family isn't really concerned when the most recent blackout happens because they are going on a family camping trip. They start getting scared when their phones die and their car won't start. This part confused me ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
That same mysterious outage that has rendered useless all recent computer-driven devices (cars, phones, etc.) is the same as the first three, but this time, it's in a different place, with a new family as the main protagonists, especially Emma, fifteen. She has just moved with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother, Ethan. It's a brand-new condo building and near a lake with islands. They're used to periodic black-outs, but on their way to a weekend camping trip, the power still is not back. ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-audiobooks
Emma is used to moving, that is what happens when you are a military brat. Now her mother has her moving again, but not because of the military. There is a lot of construction happening in her building and Emma isnt really concerned when the power goes out. Her family is ready to leave on their camping trip, so they adjust their plans a little and kayak to a small island nearby. As the days progress they continue to wonder how long the power will be out. Can they stay hidden from the people ...more
Mike Broderick
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I do have an issue with Walter's so you may want to take my review with a grain of salt.
This book was saved by another excellent ending sequence....although another major battle that ended too quickly and easily.
My main issue with the book is it is an example of an author going to the well one two many times. He didn't even change up the scenario really. He has a strong female leader...hmmmm, sounds like book 1. He has an overachieving teenager who becomes a strong leader that adults listen
Zu Reviews
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was a lot that was refreshing about this story. Emma wasn't too busy trying to start an impractical romance during the apocalypse for one thing. There was a lot of tension but not a lot of drama. For some I think it would make it boring - you're never really afraid for the characters or go through heavy losses - but it's immersive. I'm reading this during the Covid 19 pandemic, so it ended up being the right mix of escapism without being tragically depressing. Might not work so well for ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I requested an ARC through NetGalley for my 14 year-old son as he is a fan of Eric Walters work. This is his review:

3.5 stars Pretty good book but could be better

The book overall was not what I expected. The plot became too repetitive after a while and the character development wasnt very good. I would have liked to have more info on Willow and Chris and some other characters. It started well with suspense but after it got a bit boring and the relationships between some characters were barely
Book Nerd Shenanigans
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
**Some spoilers** What happens when the whole world experiences a black out?! Fun premise and this story started out strong. The mother, Ellen, is a total badass and an impressive protector of her children. I liked the sometimes mean banter between the siblings as well because it rang true. It was also nice to read about a family coming together during a major crisis and focusing on each other's survival. The further along we go, though, the more obvious it is that this is wholly written for ...more
Nicole Castiblanco
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing- I loved the rule of three series with Adam and Lori and I honestly enjoyed reading a whole new perspective about the apocalyptic events from Emmas view. I hope I HOPE ERIC WALTER MAKES A SECOND BOOK!!!!! Pleaseeee.... it would be so cool that in the next book Emmas father appears... and Emma has a certain relationship with someone. its about this teabags girl named Emma that moved to the big city of Toronto little did she know that her world was about to be turned upside down. ...more
Heather Brown
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emma and her family are some of the lucky ones. When the mass power outage hit the US, they were just getting ready for a camping trip. All they did was change the venue to the nearby islands, since they had their canoe ready to go. Emma's mom is also a former Marine medic, battle trained and prepared for anything. They're going to need all the luck and help they can get in this continuation of Eric Walters' Rule of Three series about how quickly civilized behavior breaks down when the end of ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emma is a very fearless teenager. She shows dauntless bravery and fierceness, yet somehow, I find that soothing. I feel if I could talk to her, she would be very amiable.

This book was bursting with action, with the story plot of being stuck on an island, living with limited resources, and all you want to do is go home. The life of Emmas family drastically went from living in a condo, to not even having a roof above their heads. Who knew a canoe was so valuable?

I think Mr. Walters uses a vast
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am now an Eric Walters fan. What a fun summer read! Told from the teenager daughter Emma's point of view, a sudden end to all things computerized or electrical (unless you can produce your own), 4th Dimension looks at a military family's reaction and handling of such an event. As food runs out, people become more desperate. They form colonies and battle it out. Emma and her mother (nurse/former marine) step up to the plate. Her mother uses her skills to help them survive. It is unfortunate ...more
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