Fourth Dimension by Eric WaltersFourth Dimension by Eric Walters

Fourth Dimension

byEric Walters

Hardcover | February 6, 2018

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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 units around them. So Emma isn't particularly concerned when the latest blackout hits just as they are preparing to leave town on a long weekend camping trip. But then the car won't start, and their cellphones appear dead -- and all the cars outside their building seem to be stalled in a long traffic jam ...

In the midst of what appears to be a massive power outage, with their camping gear packed and ready, Emma and her family canoe over to the islands, just offshore, to wait it out. But while they land on an isolated island, with a relatively hidden site, they are far from safe, as people become increasingly desperate to find food and shelter. And as the days pass, and the power remains out, the threat of violence becomes all too real.
Eric Walters’s young adult novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, and Ruth Schwartz Awards, and have received honors from UNESCO’s international award for Literature in the Service of Tolerance. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
Title:Fourth DimensionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143198440

ISBN - 13:9780143198444


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Premise, Boring Delivery 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. 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 power to the world. The central theme of the book, and it is never answered. After I started reading this, I learned that this is some sort of companion novel to a trilogy that is centred in the same world. Maybe that one answers what happened, but the lack of an answer in this one really irked me when I hit that last page. Not only that, but the way this story ended was so abrupt and peculiar that I was really left disappointed. Considering there was no power, and the world was going to hell, I didn't get a sense of what should have been high stakes. In the beginning I definitely got that vibe of the world falling apart and the worry that came with that, but it lasted about a quarter of the way through the book. What killed that vibe was the main character Emma's mother, and the general ... convenience of how things worked out for them as a family. Ellen is a former marine, and her attitude rubbed me the wrong way. She had an answer for everything: how to get clean water, food, travelling around. There was no challenge to their survival. Even when dealing with other groups of survivors, her demeanour came across as a mix of passive and manipulative. "Now I know this is your place, and we want in, but we're not going to come out and say that, but you need to defend it, but I'm not going to tell you how, because this is your community, but I have ideas. But I won't tell you, because it's not my place." Over and over. In keeping with such high stakes and danger, I felt very little connection to the other people in the story. They were mainly strangers to Emma that she saw in passing, and that translated to me. They had no names, no important role. They suffered, they died, and I felt nothing. Emma remarked on it in no heavy terms, and as such it went right over my head. Even with the people Emma did care about that died, I gave no thought to them. Mainly because I couldn't remember who on earth they were. As I mentioned earlier, I stopped watching The Walking Dead because it got far too repetitive. The creativity was gone after the first few seasons. There are only so many zombie attacks and battles with other communities you can sit through before it gets boring. The same goes for this story. It fell into a pattern of attack, defend, peace for a bit, meet a new group, repeat. The creativity was lost once I got halfway through, which was disappointing. On a side note, I finally understand how annoying it is for a reader when there is an abundance of exclamation marks on a single page. :) This could have been great. The writing was nice, as was the imagery, but the plot events and the characters left me wanting more. 2.5/5
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Expectations After reading some of Eric's other works, I'm expecting lots from this one!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and Suspenseful! 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 won’t 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 and suspense heat up as the days pass and Emma and her mother realize that to survive they must join a larger self-sufficient community, gravitating to Ward’s Island where they’ve made friends with Sam a security guard and his generous and caring mother Chris. The danger quickly ignites when the island’s attacked, houses looted, and residents killed only to have Emma’s mother a nurse and tough ex-marine who’s resented by some of the quirky and artistic islanders, stepping in and taking over security, creating an illusion to divert further raids. But as society breaks down and the violence on shore escalates the civilized world they once knew quickly crumbles becoming a “Fourth Dimension” where any sense of humanity is quickly disappearing and only with determination and resourcefulness can they hope to survive. The action never slows as Emma, her brother, her mother Ellen and the islanders struggle to survive in an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear with ruthless increasing attacks from militants in the city. Skillfully Eric Walters rouses emotional intensity as the islanders not only rally around Ellen as the danger multiplies and she struggles to keep her children away from the violence, but also as Emma learns to appreciate her family and put aside her scruples when called on to protect them. Enlarging the scope of this gripping tale as it flows quickly and smoothly to an explosive climax are background details about the island and its eccentric population as well as characters and incidents from the “Rule of Three” series. Emma a loner who’s troubled by her separation from her father and her friends is resentful and snarky, furious with her mother and cross with her brother Ethan. Yet a smart girl who’s calm under pressure, she quickly adapts to the situation becoming protective of her brother and valuing her mother. As the central focus of this story although unrealistic because of her age she’s often called into decision- making meetings providing strategic input to the discussions. In contrast eleven-year-old Ethan has a positive attitude, easily makes friends and is fun-loving just as her friend Willow is funny, good-natured and self-sacrificing in his need to keep Emma safe. Ellen, Emma’s mother a skilled and tough former Marine is confident, controlled and duty-oriented as well as highly respected by military leadership and the islanders. It is these characters and a host of others that infuse this story with excitement, depth and high energy as they face one deadly conflict after another in an often tenuous struggle to survive on Ward’s Island. I thoroughly enjoyed “Fourth Dimension” as Eric Walters sweeps you into another suspenseful page-turner you can’t put down until finished. This is a series I expect will get better with each new adventure
Date published: 2018-02-04

Editorial Reviews

"I recommend Fourth Dimension to fans of The Rule of 3 series as well as those readers who enjoy action/adventure, realistic, or post-apocalyptic stories. Emma and her mother are strong female characters who are great role models for teenage girls. . . . Recommended." --CM Magazine