The Rule of Three

Book Review

The Rule of 3:

A person can last 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food

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Meet Adam Daley.  He’s a normal 16 yr old teen who plays baseball, has a goofy best friend and an unrequited crush on a girl from his school.One afternoon, the power goes out throughout his high school and everything goes black. He and his best friend Todd think nothing of. Just a typical power outage until he reaches the school parking lot and realizes it is not just the school and every car in the lot is dead.  Now things are a little weird. He gets into his old, rust bucket and is able to start it no problem. Ok now things are really weird.

While navigating his way home through stalled cars and pedestrians, it strikes Adam that there is something very unusual about this and starts to think this is no ordinary power outage.

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters is the first book in an exciting new trilogy about the complete breakdown of civilization as we know it.

As the days turn into weeks and the violence starts to take hold across the city, Adam and his family, a mother who is the area’s police captain, 2 younger siblings and a pilot father, missing across the country, start to turn their small suburban neighbourhood into a stronghold.

With the help of their resourceful,  elderly neighbour (presumed to be a retired spy), they soon begin life anew. One without technology of any kind. In fact the only machines that do work are old gas-powered vehicles and machinery from a time before everything was computerized.  They plant crops, dig wells, and organize a community that flourishes under the worst conditions.

As time goes by, the thin veneer of civilization erodes away, revealing human beings a their worst. Violent, cruel and destructive.

For me, the story started a bit slow but as I continued to read I discovered the writer may have done that intentionally to give the reader time to get to know the characters and see the erosion of humanity, almost in slow motion. Unlike other books with a similar premise, this one is a slow burner that finally erupts closer to the end.

Now that I have read the entire book I can definitely appreciate what the writer was trying to achieve and I look forward to the next installment.

I give The Rule of 3 a solid B- and would recommend it to people like me who are obsessed with the apocalypse 😉

Look for the exciting next installment: Fight for Power

Released January 2015

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