Title: The Rule of Thre3
By: Eric Walters
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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 neighbourhood 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, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
How I got it: This one has been on my Kobo for quite some time, so honestly I’m not really sure how I got it. I think it was one of the ones I saw in a bookstore and took a picture of to remind myself to seek it out digitally.
When I got it: I want to say 2015?
Why I want to read it: I think this is another one that was a result of my Ready Player One obsession. I went looking for others in the same vein. I love the premise of all computers going down. I feel like that will be our next World War. We’re so reliant on the digital world that I’m not sure what anyone would do. Cyberterrorism has already become a problem because we are at the mercy of machines. Certainly, no one likes the idea of planes falling out of the sky! We are now also approaching a second generation that doesn’t know a world without computers and the internet. I’d love to know what today’s teenager would do if they suddenly didn’t have a smart-phone. An interesting social experiment at the very least. Anyway, the whole “what-if” scenario intrigues me so this is next on my list.