Title: The Rule of Three
Author: Eric Walters
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: 01/21/14
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book had good plot, characters, and the dialogue was authentic. The plot did a nice job distributing the major events of the book, first nicely going through all of the chaos of the blackout, then the setup of the community, and finally the external problems. One of the most important elements, I thought, was the variety or character viewpoints. The author was very good at portraying all of the perspectives on the blackout and the building of the community. Finally, the dialogue was realistic for a sort of apocalyptic setting. There was the right amount of nervousness, paranoia, and mob mentality to keep everything just fine and dandy.
Memorable or Forgettable: I really like any book that is about society's response to catastrophe. I thought this book did a great job of that. They had all the classics, like community mutiny, but also some flavor of their own, like a freaking PLANE. By far, if I remember anything at all in my adult life, it will be the freaking PLANE.
Cover: Yes. I definitely got the vibe of the book from the cover, and I was like "Yes, please."
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
tags: coming of age / post-apocalyptic / ya lit