Download the first five chapters of The Rule of Three, the first book in a thrilling adventure series by Eric Walters!

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.

Kindle Edition, 45 pages
Published on April 22, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
5 Book Reviews
  • AnnynoumousThursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    Do you need a interesting story with unexpected twists and turns, do you want to learn of the greatest trilogy ever written? Well look no further! Eric Walters, has mastered a perfect blend of it all. With his realistic fiction book, you can enjoy endless nights of not putting the book down. Along with plenty of excitement and a thirst for the next of Eric's triologies to come.
    • monochoco121Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:45 am
      i have read the rule of three but not befor i had to return it to the library. i loved it so i will now carry on. its in the rules but there is this lovley web site for t sirts, logos, posters, and wall dec. go cheak out at design plus.
      • halomaster2048
        halomaster2048Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 8:39 am
        I am reading a book called“The Rule of Three,” by Eric Walters. I like this book a lot. It is about when all the power goes out, anything with a computer in it stops working and how people react. It was recommended to me by many people. I recommend this book for people who like natural disaster books, and fans of the “Divergent,” series. I would say this is a science fiction adventure. This book is like a realistic modern day apocalypse. There are a few main characters, Adam and his best friend Todd are just some. In this book, there are many main characters, but my favorite is Todd. Todd is the narrator's best friend and he is sort of underestimated. He doesn't do anything important but is a crucial part in the book. He is my favorite character for 3 main reasons. First of all, he is funny. An example of when he was asked to babysit Adams (the narrator) 2 younger siblings who are getting ice cream from a neighbor's house, he says, “Do I get ice cream too?” Second, he is tough. He plays a lot of football and was disappointed when he found out that Adam skipped the football team for flight school. Finally, he is also sarcastic. One time he was sarcastic was when he was in the library doing his assignment with Adam, 40 minutes before it was due and Adam was giving him a lecture about not doing things the last minute, but Todd said it wasn’t last minute because there were 40 minutes until it was due. All the main characters in this book are very lovable, but Todd is my favorite. The main problem of the book is that all the power went out and so did anything with a computer. Only cars like Adam's still run because old cars don’t have computers in them, and his is pretty old. The outage of computers is causing explosions and crimes because the cops can’t work as efficiently without computers and communication. The problem in this book is very well thought up and it is one of the best books I know. Another thing I like about this book is the solution isn’t obvious at all so it leaves you thinking about what the characters are going to do about the current problem. The problem lasts 3 books and it never gets boring. I wasn’t able to stop reading this book for a while. I highly recommend this book. This book has many settings, except all the settings are in one neighborhood because the characters are isolated and don’t know what's happening in the world around them. It makes the world seem bigger than it is because fifty pages in, they have been traveling for most of the time and they have only stayed within around 5 miles. All the settings make sense according to what's happening in the story, and they are realistic. That concludes my review on “The Rule of Three.” I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5. To improve this book, I think they could set up the book more because they just went straight into the power going out. This could have helped me understand the characters more. I like this book for all the reasons I said. This is one of my favorite books and I encourage you to read it.
        • calace1617
          calace1617Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:47 am44 stars
          THE RULE of THRE3 by Eric Walters is a very suspenseful story making you read one more page because of the intense story. This story takes place in a modern day society in large city with lot’s of people. The protagonist, Adam a 16 year old student was in the middle of finishing his study hall when all of a sudden all the lights and computers turned off. A nationwide blackout had just occurred. But The laptops weren’t working either. Adam who was learning to be a pilot, had one of few old junky cars that only ran on gas, so he was able to drive with the roads full of immobile vehicles, he was even able to fly in the moonlit sky with the aircraft he and his father built. Even while this extraordinary blackout was antagonizing the entire nation of America, that was not the only threat, gangs of thugs are burning buildings, robbing stores, and even trying to kill people. Will this 16 year old boy and his friends survive this massive threat. Will they survive long enough without the warmth of their home appliances. If you like reading suspense, action, and adventure read THE RULE of THRE3 by Eric Walters. –Age Recommendation–I would recommend this book be read by kids in the 5th Grade and/or above because of violence, fear, and peril.
          • keefur1617
            keefur1617Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:03 am
            thats really good