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The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1

by Eric Walters

Penguin Canada | January 21, 2014 | Hardcover

The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1 is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problems first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, multiple utilities are failing, and the only vehicles that function are a few ancient, computer-free cars like Adam's. 

Driving home, Adam ecounters 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 neighbourhoodband together for protection. And before long, Adam will discover that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of like but the keys to his survival. 

Welcome to the all-too-possible nightmare of The Rule of Three. 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.85 × 6 × 1.35 in

Published: January 21, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067059

ISBN - 13: 9780670067053

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great time in pages.... the rule of three is awesome!!! never a slow moment. i actually cleared things out of my schedule so i could read a few chapters during the day. your mind craves the pages of this entertaining story about a global blackout and how do we survive? love the characters especially herb (my fave). honestly i learned a few tips in case this ever happens. also opens your mind to other things you may not have thought of it if you were ever caught in this global disaster. themes: friendship, survival, learning, working together, black out, farming, sustaining life, future, loved ones, defense and fight i cannot wait till the second book!!! i want to know what happens. please hurry up. i don't see any anticipate date of when it is to be released. eric walters is AWESOME
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf The Rule of Three was such a surprise. I got into it thinking it is something along with lines of The 5th Wave, but I have to say that I actually enjoyed it even more than The 5th Wave. The Rule of Three starts off with the world ceasing to exist as it is and that reason is the computers around the world shut off. Computers, motors, internet, pumps, turbines, factories, cars, planes.. everything. Everything that is a crucial part of our survival has disappeared. This book made me take a step back and really see how we've become so dependent to technology, It was seriously scary. The Rule of Three is more about survival and learning to survive without technology. How to get clean water to drink, growing food and plowing and creating land to be able to farm on, building contraptions to make their everyday life easier but without the use of technology, and lastly working as a team to protect themselves and from any foreign and dangerous outsiders. The book is narrated through Adam, a 16 year old boy with an ex-spy neighbor. As soon as all hell broke loose, I loved seeing how his neighbor was able to think fast, and 3 steps ahead of everyone else. It doesn't hurt that he was an ex-CIA (or similar) agent back in the days. They were all fighting against time and against the gangs formed as well as threats that will come their way from outside their community. The way the neighbor made their community self-sustainable was just so fascinating to me. I loved reading every minute of it. I know people would automatically compare this novel to the tv. show Revolution, but Revolution is more killing, moving from one place to another, and more killing. The Rule of Three is more about learning to survive with what you have. I definitely picked up a few tricks and useful points if I ever needed them (haha). There is romance here but I blocked it from my mind. It was very underdeveloped and too immature-ish for my taste. Overall The Rule of Three was a very different and interesting read. The way it ended hints at a sequel but I am still not sure if there is one. However, if there is I am definitely picking it up.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Portrayal of the Breakdown of Society 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 creating a proper beginning, middle and end to each entry in a series; however the rest of the book is so strong I'm willing to forgive it
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but I wanted more.. Adam and his best friend are in the computer lab at school when all of a sudden there’s a power outage. Not only do the computers go out, but people’s laptops and even cellphones. When they try to leave school, they find that Adam’s old car still works, while all the others don’t. What becomes of humanity when all of the technology they depend on is wiped out? What I enjoyed about The Rule of Three was not the main character Adam, but his neighbour who becomes a confidante and all around leader. He seems to know more than anything else and is wholly prepared for any disaster. The things he would say were intelligent, witty and very wise. He quickly diffused any situation only because he’s a master of people. My guess was that he was an operative for the government. Another thing that I enjoyed about this was the location. It’s not every day you get to read a book based on a suburban city you know. I enjoyed reading about the neighbourhood and streets that I drive by almost every week. I also loved that this turned out to be a guide as to what happens when all electricity is gone. What do you do and how can you be prepared? (I really should stick up on bottled water and chlorine tablets.) Even though I enjoyed it, I also had some issues. This is a more civilized and realistic view of how the world would come to be if there was no power, and it’s not a bad thing. I’m just so used to books where everything is in chaos and people die left and right. I wished there was a reason as to why it happened though. I kept hoping for something to come from the ham radio waves, but there was none. I really wished there was a clearer view of why the power and all electronics as they know it has ceased to work. I also wanted a more clearer timeline as to how they events unfolded because I didn’t see it span the weeks it claimed to be. Also, I found the dialogue to be long and winded, and wanted more explanations. The ending also felt anti-climatic. I am hoping there’s more to this novel because GoodReads doesn’t even say if it’s part of a series. Overall, I liked it! It was a fast-paced, comprehensive guide to what you should do if the end of the world is coming..
Date published: 2014-02-14

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The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1

by Eric Walters

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.85 × 6 × 1.35 in

Published: January 21, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067059

ISBN - 13: 9780670067053

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1“Can’t you keyboard a little bit faster?” Todd asked.We were in the computer room during study hall, our second-to-last class of the day. Not exactly where I wanted to be, but there were worse places to be than hanging with my best friend—even if we were working on his essay.“It’s not the speed of my fingers that’s slowing us down. I can only type what you say. And you’re not saying anything,” I answered.“Come on, Adam, I’m counting on you to fill in the blanks on this thing.”“It’s your essay.”“Don’t you want me to pass?” Todd cajoled.“Of course I want you to pass.”“Then you’d better get busy, because that whole passing thing isn’t likely to happen if you don’t contribute.”“You wouldn’t need my help if you didn’t wait until the last minute to do your homework, you slacker,” I said.“It is not the last minute. This isn’t due until final period.”“Which is in forty minutes,” I replied.“That’s my point. It won’t be the last minute until thirty-nine minutes from now. If I handed it in now, technically it would be early.”This was Todd logic at its finest. He was almost impossible to reason with but totally impossible not to have a laugh with. The freshman girls seated on either side of us in the computer lab seemed to agree as they started giggling.“Please don’t encourage him,” I said.“And now you don’t want me to be encouraged. What sort of best friend are you?” Todd demanded. “If you ladies want to offer me encouragement, please feel free.”They giggled again. This was obviously b
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From the Publisher

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problems first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, multiple utilities are failing, and the only vehicles that function are a few ancient, computer-free cars like Adam's. 

Driving home, Adam ecounters 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 neighbourhoodband together for protection. And before long, Adam will discover that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of like but the keys to his survival. 

Welcome to the all-too-possible nightmare of The Rule of Three. 

About the Author

Award-winning author Eric Walters is one of Canada’s best-known and most prolific writers of fiction for children and young adults. He has published over eighty novels, which have won over one hundred awards, including eleven separate children’s choice awards, and have been translated into over eleven languages around the world. He is the only three-time winner of both the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards. if (SYM == "BIO") { document.writeln("

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Editorial Reviews

“The Rule of Three is a tense, smart, can’t-put-it-down YA thriller about the collapse of society.” - The National Post“The book offers wonderful discussions of airplanes and flight, survival, and the importance of community, questions of humanity and human endurance.” - CM Magazine“All the hallmarks of a good Walters book are here: the teenage perspective is spot on, the male hero rises to the challenges thrown his way, the pace is quick but realistic, danger and adventure are around every corner.“ - Quill & Quire“The Rule of Three is a fantastic, compelling, unforgettable book! Its simple premise—what if one day all modern technology stopped working—becomes a blisteringly fast tale of survival in a world gone to hell. The genius of the novel isn’t its likeable, reluctant hero, teenage pilot Adam, or its explosive, bullet-ridden, nail-biting action scenes—it’s how believable it is. Walters perfectly captures the fragile nature of civilisation, and how easily that veneer can shatter in times of crisis. The escalation of the plot—the way society implodes as quickly and as violently as a black hole—leaves you breathless. This book makes The Walking Dead look like a walk in the park, because in The Rule of Three the monsters howling outside your gates aren’t the undead but your friends, your fellow students, your coworkers. It will leave you looking over your shoulder to try to work out who would be your friend after the world ends, and who would very quickly become your en
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