The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

A Well-crafted Global-blackout Thriller

ISBN: 9780374355029

Adam is 16. He’s a good student. He’s building an ultralight with his dad in the garage. He likes a girl he’s too nervous to talk to. And then every computer in the world goes dark. Permanently.

What’s a guy to do?

If his mom’s a police officer and his next door neighbor is some kind of retired government operative (spies tend to be vague about their personal history), he fortifies his suburban neighborhood and turns it into the last bastion of sanity amidst a dying civilization. Obviously.

If that sounds like an unrealistic plot line, here’s the crazy thing: it isn’t. Eric Walters’ brilliance as a writer is that he shows you that it isn’t–drawing you in, page by page, while his characters go through the slow burn of realizing that everything might not be okay.

I love this book. It’s incredibly complex, but it doesn’t feel complex. It grabbed me from the beginning and kept me reading straight through to the end, every chance I got. I love the characters–real people with distinctive character traits and realistic motivations. I love the plot development–real problems playing out in realistic time frames.

And best of all, it’s all wrapped up in a well-written package–by which I mean the writing tells the story without getting in the way. The book isn’t trying to be a literary triumph. It’s just straight-up can’t-put-it-down entertainment. It’s a fun read, and I loved every minute of it.

– Erin’s Pick

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