The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1

The Rule Of Three: The Neighborhood Book 1

Hardcover | January 21, 2014

byEric Walters

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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. 

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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...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.85 × 6 × 1.35 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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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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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 becoming more about him trying to impress them and less about helping me help him avoid flunking another assignment.“Why didn’t you just do this last night?” I asked.“I was worn out from football practice. Physically and mentally. You’d have been worn out, too, if you hadn’t quit the team.”I snorted. “I didn’t quit. I just didn’t try out this year.”“Same thing.”“It’s not the same thing. I chose flying lessons over football.”“What kind of normal sixteen-year-old chooses flying lessons over anything?”“One who wants to be a pilot.”“Just like Daddy.”“Sure.” My father was a commercial pilot for Delta. He had been in uniform at the breakfast table and said he was heading to O’Hare this morning. I knew he would be taking off on his return flight soon, so he’d be home in time to read with the twins before they went to bed.“Personally, I’d rather be like your mother,” Todd said.“My mother is a woman,” I pointed out. “And I gotta tell you that picturing you in a dress, heels, and makeup is a bit unnerving.”“First off, I want to be a police officer, like your mother. Second, the idea that you are picturing me in a dress, makeup, and heels is more than a bit unnerving,” he replied. “Just how long have you been fantasizing about me as a woman?”Once Todd got started it was hard to turn him off.“Excuse me!” Todd called out. Everybody in the lab turned to face him. “How many people find it disturbing that Adam has been picturing me as a woman?”Lots of hands went up.“Ignore him, please!” I protested.“Adam, don’t be ashamed, embrace your feelings!”“Let me know when you’re done, Todd.”“In this day and age it’s important that all of us accept you for what you are and how you feel. In fact, I take it as a compliment that you fantasize about me.”“I don’t fantasize about you!”“Don’t be embarrassed. I’m sure you’re not the only one who fantasizes about me.” He turned to the girl on one side. “Right? You must admit I’ve entered your dream world at least once or twice.”She stopped laughing and looked like she was choking on something.“Don’t be shy,” he said. “Embrace your feelings, too. Live the fantasy and you could become part of the total Todd experience.”She turned beet red, gathered up her things, and practically ran away. The other two girls beside us pretended to ignore us now.“Nice,” I said.“Mean, possibly. Fun, tremendously. That’s why God created high school—so kids in older grades could torment kids in younger grades.”I knew that Todd could be neither embarrassed nor contained. He was as relentless as an avalanche. All I could do was redirect him.“Since when did you decide you wanted to be a police officer?”“Recently. I decided it would be cool to run around with a gun,” he said.“The fact that you don’t have a gun right now is at least a small blessing for all of us.”“I’ll ignore that crack—but if I had a gun I would force you to play football.”“Like I said, I have no time.”“You could have time for both football and flying lessons if you didn’t waste so much time on school. That’s my solution.”“And just how is that working out for you?” I asked.“It would be going extremely well if somebody would stop giving me a hard time and help me finish up this essay.”“Let’s just get it finished. I have to get out of here right after school. I have a flight lesson.”“Okay, Orville Wright,” he said.“Hey, better Orville Wright than Orville Redenbacher. Three more lessons and then I solo.”“When you get your license, do you know who I want to be the very first person up in the air with you?”“You?”“I was thinking anybody except me!”The two girls to my left started giggling again—as well as a couple of other people in the lab.“You better not insult the man who has your future at his fingertips or—”The lights suddenly went out, the computer screen went blank, and everybody in the lab collectively groaned as we were thrown into darkness.“What happened?” I wondered.“Power failure or something. More important, did you at least save my essay?” Todd questioned.“I saved it . . . a few minutes ago. It’s almost all there.”“But I need all of it there! What am I going to tell Mr. Dixon?”“You’ll tell him about the power failure.”“He won’t believe me!”“Of course he’ll believe you. The lights are out everywhere, so I think he might have noticed.” I gestured to the darkened hall. “This isn’t just a power failure in the computer lab. Besides, I’m sure everything will be back on soon,” I said.“Soon may not be soon enough, and he won’t believe me that it was almost done. You have to tell him!”“Why me?”“He’ll believe you! You hand in your assignments on time, you never skip class, you do your reading, and you’re always polite to teachers. You are such a suck-up!”“It’s called being responsible.”“Suck-up . . . responsible . . . different words for basically the same—”“Hey, my computer is down, too,” the girl beside us said.“Everybody’s computer went off,” Todd said. “Computers need a magical substance called electricity.” He turned to me. “Today’s younger generation doesn’t understand much.”“I understand that this is my laptop and it has a battery,” she said.“The battery must be dead.”“But mine went down as well,” another boy said.“Mine, too,” a girl at the other end of the lab added. All of them were on laptops.“Well, that’s because . . .” Todd turned to me. “Well, Adam?”“How should I know?”“Didn’t you win the science fair last year?”“That was for designing a two-seated ultralight, not because I know everything about electricity.”“Come on, you know everything about everything. I wouldn’t let you do my homework if you didn’t. Can we go and find Mr. Dixon and explain to him about my paper?”I wasn’t going to do that. But I did want to see what was going on. I gave a big sigh and got to my feet._______________The halls were filling with kids. The only light was coming from classroom windows and scattered emergency lights running on batteries. Classes had ended unexpectedly, and everyone was streaming out. There was a lot of laughing and loud conversation as kids enjoyed an early break.“Can I have your attention, please!” a deep voice boomed. “Please, everybody, stop where you are!” It was our vice principal yelling through a handheld bullhorn. “We need everybody in the gym for a brief assembly!”There were groans from the crowd.“I say we head for the doors,” Todd said. “In this commotion there’s no way they’re going to be able to stop us from leaving.”“What about the assembly?”“And you wonder why I call you a suck-up?”We headed down the stairs, only to find two teachers at the exit deflecting the river of students toward the gym.“So much for leaving,” I said. I knew Todd was disappointed, but I really did want to hear what they had to tell us.We went with the flow. The gym was dimly lit with just a few emergency lights. It was already crowded, and I felt a little claustrophobic as we pushed in. The bleachers were filled to capacity and we were herded onto the court, shoulder to shoulder. I was grateful to be taller than most everybody else. Did they really think they could cram fifteen hundred kids into this space?“My phone isn’t working,” Todd said.“You know there are lots of dead spots in this school.”“No, I mean it’s as blank as the computer screens.” He showed it to me.“Your battery is dead. Your phone needs that magical substance called electricity to—”“My phone is dead, too,” a girl said.“Same here,” somebody else added.All around us people who had overheard were pulling out their phones. There was a chorus of disbelief and upset. It was strange how they seemed more upset about their phones not working than there being no electricity.I pulled out my phone, just to confirm things. It was off—as per the school rules—but when I pushed the button to turn it on, it remained blank. I knew my phone was fully charged. The cell phone towers probably needed electricity to work. Is that why we weren’t even getting a screen? No, that didn’t make sense. Even without the towers there should have been power to run other apps.“Can I have your attention!” Our principal was on the stage with a bullhorn. “Please!” he called out. “We need everybody to listen carefully . . . Please stop talking!”There was a murmur of conversation that faded to a semisilence, an acceptable level of cooperation.“As you are all aware, we have a power failure,” he started. “We’re assuming that it’s probably countywide, as there is a complete breakdown in telephone service, both landlines and cell phones, which must be related to the power failure.”The crowd noise went up as those who hadn’t noticed previously all pulled out their cell phones to confirm what he’d said.“Quiet down, people! The sooner we can finish here, the sooner you can all go home!”A cheer went up from the crowd and then applause.“Silence, please!” The noise faded. “Whatever the issue is, I’m confident it is being addressed and will be corrected shortly.”For some reason I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be so simple. I was still thinking about why the batteries in the laptops had gone dead.“We’ve decided to cancel final period today and let you all go home early.”A cheer went up from the audience once again.He raised a hand to quiet everyone. “You can stay here in the gym to wait for the buses. If you’re driving or walking, keep in mind there will probably be no functioning traffic lights, so please be careful. Dismissed.”There was an even bigger cheer as we all started for the exits.

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 enemy. Combined with some deft humour, a carefully handled love story, and some white-knuckle plane rides over the growing chaos, The Rule of Three is one of my favourite books of 2014. I just hope there’s a sequel!” - Alexander Gordon Smith, author of The Fury“Rule of Three maintains a realistic and frightening look at what happens when technology is lost and modern society begins to fall apart.” - School Library Journal“Adam’s ethical qualms about the ruthless decisions that Herb insists they must make—turning people away from their sanctuary, treating unknown people as threats—make for nuanced reading.” - Booklist“A solid read that sidesteps most of the SF influence so prevalent in current dystopian fiction.” - Publisher’s Weekly