- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Publication date: 1/21/2014
- Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters 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 neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
I will start by telling you that despite an action packed looking cover, this book is in fact very slow and drawn out. It fits with the story since essentially it is a story of survival, but I was expecting more out of it.We don't get any answers about why this happened, and we are left with many, many more questions about the various characters and situations throughout the book. If you are looking for a slow steady book about surviving a global catastrophe, this is it. If you are looking for a lot of action and adventure, it's not.
Adam was a weird character for me. He is supposed to be really smart, but he doesn't really show his skills at all in this other than his ability to fly a plane. He has good intentions though, and his compassion for others is what really helps to bring everyone together. He wants to do what is right, and when he has to see or do things that aren't good, it eats at him. I liked the way his mind worked, but I never really felt it. With this book being told in his POV and their fight for survival, being able to really feel emotion from the characters is important to me.
Herb who is the former government spy or whatever from next door was such a mystery. He only told what he needed to, and was never straightforward really about anything. He knows how to survive in a situation like they are in, and he knows how to manipulate those around him. We never find out much about him at all or what his motives besides survival might be. I never fully trusted him, though he was always bettering the neighborhood and helping them thrive. I guess the lack of information about him made me question everything he did or said.
There is a full cast of characters, some that we get to know a little better than others, but I never really felt like I cared. They could have all been the same to me with the exception of the two mentioned above. With a story like this I really need good characters to carry the story. I need that emotional impact, or at least to want them to survive. I just didn't get that here.
This was a well thought out story, and I think that the plot was good. It just really needed more. It needed more action, more emotion, more character development... I know this makes it sound negative and like I didn't like it, but I really did. I admit that this book took me about a month to read because I kept putting it aside, but not because I didn't like it. It just didn't hold me for very long each time I sat down with it. I still wanted to know what was going to happen when I would put it down, but knew that I just needed to take this one in small doses so I wouldn't get bored with it. The way it ended makes me think it's the first in a series and I will definitely be interested to see what happens next. Maybe we will get some of the answers that I was really hoping for.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.