In Eric Walter's book, Rule of 3, the power goes out across the globe. To begin with everyone feels the frustration of common place technology not being available. However, as the power outage continues with no end in sight, mankind is thrust back into the Dark Ages.
Rule of 3 follows the story of Adam Daley, your average high school student, who drives a beat up old car from the 70s and has a crush on a girl he thinks is out of his league. When the power goes out at school and all the students are sent home, Adam thinks the kids in his community will have a long weekend full of TV ahead of them. He realizes how wrong he is when people begin looting local grocery stores for food to feed their families. However, with the help of his neighbor, a retired military man, Adam discovers that "civilized" is a word from the past and survival has become the reality.
I just finished reading Rule of 3 and all I can think about is, "What would I do in that situation?" Only the best writers create a world so realistic that you can imagine it happening in the future. As I was reading I became immersed in Adam's adventure. I would stop to think, "What would it be like to haul water from the creek,which is over a mile away, to my house everyday just to cook dinner?" or "What would it be like to not have a phone or a TV?" Rule of 3 was not only fun to read but it also stayed with me for days, making me constantly evaluate my survival skills.
Readers who enjoy dystopian or EMP novels will LOVE this book without a doubt. It is definitely a must have for your library or personal collection. Teachers, just imagine the discussions that could come from a book like this, especially when we have students who cannot function without electronic devices. So make Rule of 3 the next book on your list!