The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1

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 11.
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

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from GONE series rip-off This book is basically the GONE series minus the super powers... If I hadn't read the GONE books before this would of been a really good read but honestly it's almost the exact same thing. I found I was forcing myself to finish the book... I was never really geipped to any of the characters. I read the entire series and found it was almost always the same thing: preparing for a war or fighting one. Never the less I read the entire series.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It started out strong, then got a bit boring and repetitive I read the whole thing and at the end I wasn't too amazed. It started repeating itself and had nothing gripping me to the story or its characters.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eric Walters at his best I love Eric Walters. He is extremely talented and if you ever get a chance to hear him speak - GO! He's so inspiring and engaging. This is his best book yet. Love it. Great for a father/son book club. I know many adult men that loved it.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Exciting and Entertaining Dystopian Tale! "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 quickly matures taking on responsibilities that have him facing death, ducking bullets and voicing humane ideas for survival to the community's leadership. But even as guards patrol the protective walls circling the neighborhood, a sports field and lawns are dug up for planting, and patrols are sent out to scout and rummage for supplies, a danger lurks only miles away that could destroy all that's being built. The plot is well-developed, imaginative and very realistic; the main theme dealing with Adam's neighbourhood surviving challenges like transportation, security, food and water consumption. It's fast-paced and action-packed especially when events unfold that have Adam and Herb dodging bullets , escaping a Cessna in the ultra-light and even a surprise raid against a merciless and ruthless encampment of mercenary soldiers. The novel is a page turner from beginning to end, climaxing with a violent explosion that begs for another novel. In a story filled with violent clashes, the seriousness of the theme is often broken by humour and romance. Adam is continually teased by his friend Todd about his blossoming romance with Lori Petersen, although I did wonder (like several other details that weren't apparent) why her rich, possessive boyfriend didn't find a way to get in touch with her. Amid the turmoil issues are often raised that have ethical implications like restricting families seeking a safe haven to only professional or skilled individuals, and the morality of killing when innocent by-passers are accidently murdered. Adam Daley is a likeable sixteen year old who's resourceful, reliable and hard-working; completing the ultra-light he and his father had begun building. In contrast to Herb Campbell Adam is optimistic and proactive, looking for the best in humanity. Herb a former spy is a wealth of information, having served abroad in operations that required organization, soldierly skills and cunning. He's tough, sharp-edged and clever as mysterious as he is cynical. These two main characters and others add passion, energy and tension to this exciting and highly entertaining tale. I enjoyed "The Rule of Three" a great story without the graphic language prevalent in many other teen novels. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explosive! Five high-flying stars!!!!! The Rule of Three is an exciting and powerful read. Eric Walters takes us into a world that is not impossible to imagine. When the world has been shutdown and a neighbourhood bands together their only option is survival. A great adventure with the surprise of a GTA/Mississauga connection. I can't wait to dive into The Fight for Power! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ,read the next book Great book always leaving on a cliff hanger and making you want more. If you buy the first book buy the second.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Proud Canadian I really enjoyed this book, well written, especially since I could sort of visualize the area everything was happening in. My big question to the author is this, with the exception of Burnham Rd, (change to Burnhamthorp instead) all these streets are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, why would you want your readers to believe this is an American city?
Date published: 2015-03-01
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

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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