The Rule of Thre3

The Rule of Thre3

Book - 2015
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When a viral catastrophe causes a global technological shut down, 16 year old Adam realizes that his police captain mother and a retired government spy living next door are key to his survival.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Teen, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780670067053
Branch Call Number: TEEN WAL
Characteristics: 405 pages
Alternative Title: Rule of three
Rule of 3


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Mar 28, 2019

This book is a great read! I couldn't put it down -- Classic Eric Walters.

Jul 08, 2017

Such an amazing book! I have been reading it nonstop since I have got it! What a great way to show how much we rely on technology in our lives!

Alison_OPL Apr 12, 2017

CW: transmisogyny & toxic masculinity

I was unable to enjoy this title after page 2 where the main character and his best friend make a joke out of the idea of boys aspiring to be like a woman police officer, tying it to transmisogynistic ideas about men wearing 'women's' clothing.

Not recommended.

Feb 11, 2017

I love this book so much! I definetly reccomend it. It's slow to start, but once you get into it you won't want to put it down!

Nov 29, 2016

Best book I have ever read plus the other books in the series

Oct 25, 2016

In a global catastrophe, all electricity and modern devices shut off. As chaos begins to spread, a teenager named Adam and his neighbours must band together for protection. Although this is an apocalyptic book, the story is surprisingly realistic. While reading, you get the sense that the story could actually unfold if all technology did shut off. The characters are very much grounded in this world and act like people would if placed in this situation. For example, Adam acts like a typical teenager- the world might be ending, but he’s still obsessed with The Girl Next Door. He wants to help out as much as he can, but disagrees with people often and causes problems unintentionally. However, despite all of this and first-person narration, I had trouble connecting to Adam, who seemed remote and distant at times. The plot is a bit slow, but it’s important to note that this book is not about saving the world so much as it is about surviving. To that end, I would recommend The Rule of Thre3 for fans of “person vs. nature” books and TV shows such as Hatchet, My Side of The Mountain and Survivor. 4/5 Stars. @viedelabibliothèque of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Adam Daley is a normal high school student, with a police captain for a mom, an airplane in his garage, a spy for a neighbor, and one the of the only cars that still work in the minutes after the worldwide “tech blackout”. When the students cheer for the blackout, they do not realize that this is the last time they will come to school for the last time. But as it turns out, the resources that Adam took for granted, are the key to his survival and under the guidance of his mother and the spy next door, Adam helps organize the neighbor in the system of a medieval fiefdom without the kings, and where everyone is the peasant. And as they overstep their boundaries to save what they can of their ravaged world, they face challenges that will endanger the neighborhood’s very existence. The start of the epic and grim, post-apocalyptic series by Eric Walters, in a world where the world’s computers have turned back on them by completely shutting down, where only the oldest technology has the best chance of working, and the law is insignificant next to the desperation of the people, makes you question everything about the world we live in.
@KingofTales30 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Eric Walters did a job very well done, showing us how far humanity will go to survive and how fast a society can crumble. It all starts when all devices shut down. It turns out that anything with a computer in it isn't working anymore. This power outage isn't a simple one, and within the first few hours everything begins to crumble. Adam Daley, his cop mother, and ex-government spy neighbour lead the community to survive. It's very interesting to see how people work together in a situation like that. If you think about it, it only takes so long before a civilized nation can turn into criminals. This book brought me to think, what has to happen before the people around you-neighbors, friends forget their values and become monsters. The dialogue could've been more fluent, but other than that, I loved this book. Will they survive? Will everyone die? Read the book to find out more about how they survive.
Rating: 5/5
- @Triwizard of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 28, 2016


May 13, 2016

A fast read, a nice page-turner. Reads like a movie, and in fact I hope they turn it into one (or a series). An entertaining action movie type story, involving what would happen if some kind of computer virus wiped out all computers and most technology, sending society back to the 19th century. A hint: things go bad fast, and people have to take desperate measures to survive.
A final note: yes I understand the comparisons to other similar stories, and yes Stephen King's The Stand is better, but there is room for more fiction of this type. I enjoyed it.

Feb 23, 2016

Shallow- if you want a great apocalypse book then pick up The Stand by Stephen King.

Jan 14, 2016

Very good book! Slow to start, and I have to admit I stopped reading it for a while. But then I gave it a second chance, and boy was I glad I did! Characters I feel close too, and an amazing plot combine to create and amazing book! A must read! Also the sequel, Fight for Pow3r!

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Jan 22, 2015

"Distance could be deceptive." (page. 213)
"Crises doesn't change people; it reveals them." (page. 325)
"Trust comes from being able to Predict. I can predict him, so i can trust him." (page. 326)

Jan 22, 2015

Like his neighbor Herb would always say “it is better to have something and not need it then to need it and not have it” (The Rule of Thre3 P. 224) and “Decision has to be made;” “You cannot save everybody in the world;” “Desperate and ruthless times calls for desperate and ruthless actions.” (The Rule of Thre3 p. 166)


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