Author: Eric Walters
Rating: ★★★ 1/2
Synopsis: One afternoon, every single machine in sixteen-year-old Adam’s high school computer lab stops working. Outside, cars won’t start, phones are down, and a blackout is widespread. Soon Adam will discover that the problem has paralyzed not just his town but the whole country and beyond. As resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends, he will see that his suburban neighborhood must band together for protection.
Violence will erupt and Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government agent living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys
to his survival.
Huge thank you to Razorbill Canada for the advance copy of this book. The Rule of Three is out now in book stores everywhere!
I am generally not a fan of survivalist stories. There’s always this uncomfortable vibe about reading a story where the potential for it to happen is surprisingly high. In the case of Eric Walter’s The Rule of Three, the reality he has painted is one that really does have the potential to happen.
What I enjoyed about this book is how close to home it hit. Recently Toronto was hit with a devastating ice storm that caused over thousands of people to be without power. Interestingly, however, no one resorted to the level of what the characters in the Rule of Three face, but it was interesting to have that happen while reading this book.
The Rule of Three, for the most part, is surprisingly action-packed read. There’s always big conflict, big problems, and Adam is a wonderfully engaging protagonist in the sense that he’s always trying to find the best solution, but struggles to trust ever person who comes to their group with a problem. Heck, he struggles to trust people within his own group, so I really enjoyed how multi-layered he felt on a whole. I did find some of the other characters a bit less dimensional (particularly the women), which frustrated me somewhat because there was a lot of potential for genuine emotion in such a terrifying situation, and those moments were few and far between for me.
Still, I think this is the type of book where if you’re okay with discomfort, there’s a surprising amount to enjoy. I appreciate the realism that this novel has and the real warning that it presents. Characterization is very important for me as a reader, and I know that’s where I really did struggle with this book because I wanted more than I got. Still, there’s some wonderfully descriptive moments in this book, and Walter’s gives us a reality is that is both very real, yet he doesn’t deny the power of hope and change.