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The Rule of Three

In Eric Walters' book for middle grade readers, technology grinds to a halt on Earth in one afternoon.

Eric Walters

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At 16 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 paralysed. 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. (From Razorbill Canada)

From the book

"Can't you keyboard a little bit faster?" Todd asked.

We were in the computer room during study hall, our second-to-last class of the day. Not exactly where I wanted to be, but there were worse places to be than hanging with my best friend — even if we were working on his essay.

"It's not the speed of my fingers that's slowing us down. I can only type what you say. And you're not saying anything," I answered.

"Come on, Adam, I'm counting on you to fill in the blanks on this thing."

"It's your essay."

"Don't you want me to pass?" Todd cajoled.

"Of course I want you to pass."

"Then you'd better get busy, because that whole passing thing isn't likely to happen if you don't contribute."

"You wouldn't need my help if you didn't wait until the last minute to do your homework, you slacker," I said.


From The Rule of Three by Eric Walters ©2015. Published by Razorbill Canada.

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