The Rule of Three3 by Eric Walters
published by razorbill/Penguin Canada ; 404p. ; c2014
It was the dramatic boldly coloured cover of Walter’s latest book, The Rule of Three3, that captured and intrigued me from the start.
In no time, I became completely absorbed by this realistic and disturbing premise and by my own simultaneously personal question of, ‘what if ” this situation really occurred?’ Could this be a possible outcome to humanity – a dramatic reaction to a shocking ‘global viral catastrophe’?
This thought alone, made me want to halt my reading. But it was these same disturbing thoughts that compelled me to continue. Though the story feels almost science fiction-like, one only has to think back to recent global weather events that resulted in similar scenarios.
One quickly realizes that the veneer of civility is shed, if one is without all the computerized driven technologies that have become such an integral part of today’s society.
Through the eyes of sixteen year old Adam, we witness the fear of a seemingly local (innocent) power loss, escalate as the days increase without resolution, to an atmosphere of disorder, feuding, vandalism and desperation. As more time elapses, Adam and his family … with the help of a astute neighbour…try to combat the ever violent disorder and chaos surrounding their suburban neighbourhood into something more orderly…a necessity for survival.
Unfortunately what once was the norm, now has to be re-thought , a mentality, that not all can conform to.
Sacrifice and survival become the key, if any shred of what civil end humanity is to be retained.
This is a strong read, that will challenge the reader to think beyond the box!
Truly a story of “what ifs”!
For Intermediate and Senior students