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January 26, 2014

Blog Tour: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters – Review and Interview

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Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

presented by Penguin Canada!

We are thrilled to have Eric stop by for a quick Q & A which can be
found after our review.

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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, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

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Publication Date:  January 21, 2014
Publisher:  Razorbill Canada

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Gabby-2013I was interested in reading The Rule of Three by author Eric Walters after I first saw the cover. It practically screamed End of the World and high intensity. That being said I was very excited to get reading and I will say that The Rule of Three was nothing like I expected it to be but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Still, The Rule of Three was a novel that I found highly interesting and fast-paced.

 In The Rule of Three main character Adam Daley is at his high school when one day everything goes upside down. It starts with a think-nothing-of-it power outage, but things seem to be getting stranger and stranger when Adam and his fellow students notice that not even their cell phones have service. Theories are being thrown about, everybody wants to know what’s going on and why this is happening. Returning to his home, Adam discovers that things are worse across the country. Allied only with his friends, family, an ex-government spy and his community—Adam will have to protect his neighborhood from outsiders, chaos and discover why all of this is happening.

When reading The Rule of Three I really enjoyed how fast paced the novel was. It felt like there was always a new thing going on in every chapter and nothing really dwelled on any one thing for longer than it had to. Take that and add it to how realistic the novel was about how the entire country ends up in such a great state of discord: it made The Rule of Three very exciting. Especially when it came to the unfolding adventures that main character Adam would go on in the novel.

 Still, I did have a few problems when it came into my getting really interested and invested in the novel while reading. Personally, I was unable to get really interested in the way the novel was written. I felt that there was too much dialogue instead of any actual descriptions and with that came either plot holes or things that just didn’t make sense. Because of this I felt disconnected from the main character, Adam, and was unable to relate to him in most of the things that took place in the novel. There was too much dialogue for me and I was unable to produce the scenes in my mind which definitely took away from the experience.

Apart from that I did still like the setting and the way that the characters interacted in The Rule of Three. There were a mix of realistic and unrealistic things that came about when it came to them but I still really did find that the way the characters interacted and faced situations gave the plot a lot of life. Again, I just wish that there had been more descriptions of these characters to bring them to life also. My hands down favorite character had to be Herb. An ex-government spy and a total badass– that old man got things done.

Judging by the way that the novel came to an end I wouldn’t be surprised if a sequel managed its way into existence and any readers who read this novel and were more invested than I was should definitely be looking forward to it. The ending was nice and gave off a hopeful edge especially after you consider everything else that has happened in the novel.

Any readers who are interested in a novel that will give them a post-apocalyptic world that could become a reality will definitely like The Rule of Three. Readers who are fans of dystopia, adventure or want a novel with both of those themes and a small bit of romance tossed in should enjoy The Rule of Three.

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Top Favs with Eric Walters

1) You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
My wife, my dogs and my computer . . . in that order. I have no back-up for my wife, I’m rather attached to my dogs, and I don’t back-up my writing from my computer every day (or week, or month sometimes).

2) Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why
Generally I like my writers alive – I prefer them composing instead of decomposing, but here we go;
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
His work blends sci-fi with real world. He has such an incredible understand of human behavior coupled with playful, wonderful wording. I think I could read grocery lists that he made.

Joseph Heller
Catch 22 is – in my opinion – the best book ever written. Brilliant, surrealistic and incredible real all at once. I’ve read it more than a dozen times – the last only a year or two ago – and found things in it I’d never seen before.

John Steinbeck
I think I’ve learned more from John Steinbeck about writing than anybody I’ve ever met. Amazing setting the stage, creating visual, vibrant scenes that play out in your mind like they were happening in front of you.

And I’m going to cheat and add in a fourth – Mr. William Bell – my favourite writer in this country. He has such a perfect mix of action/dialogue and description. Reading one of his novels sets the bar for all the rest of us.

3) Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

I love potato chips. They are dangerous. Remember that commercial where they questioned whether you could ‘just eat one?’ In my case it would mean one bag. I try not to buy them or even make direct eye contact in a store. It’s like in those old Greek tales about ships being drawn to the rocks to be wrecked.

Sushi – okay maybe it’s not meant as a snack food but I love to just grab a few rolls and get on my way.

Cut-up veggies. My wife equips me with a gigantic bag of assorted vegetables every day that I’m supposed to have for my lunch. They rarely make it through the morning drive.

4) Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why
Owls in the Family by Farley Mowatt was one of the first books I remember that had an impact on me. It was playful, wonderful and filled with animals – as was my life. I continued to read it, year by year, to every class I ever taught.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecia Richler.
This book spoke to me. In high school we were exposed (read forced down our throats) a wide variety of Canlit that most often seemed to take place in a small prairie town or was peopled by characters that had no connection to reality (ie. The world I lived in). I read this book and was blown away. My best friend was Augie Levy. I lived in a city – albeit Toronto and not Montreal – and these characters actually spoke and thought the way people around me spoke, thought and lived. This book made me realize that my world was filled with stories, and perhaps more important, that stories could reflect my world. Brilliant.

The Kon Tikki Adventure
I read this when I was about ten or eleven years old. Adventure based on real world. Straight forward, exciting, it captured my attention and my imagination. I was on that raft, sweating it out day by day. I story makes you feel like you can not only see it, but feel it.

5) Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why
Kenya – I’m there every year to help with our children’s program (www.creationofhope.com) and it always has a dream like quality. I love just to wander through the community, talk to people, visit, see things as they really are.

Australia – I’ve just always wanted to go down explore, maybe present to schools. I want to walk the outback, see kangaroos. I think the entire world would be a better place if there were kangaroos everything.

Nepal – since climbing Kilimanjaro I’ve been fascinated by heights, altitude and the effects it has on people. I don’t want to climb Everest – heck I don’t think I could climb it – but I’d love to just hang out at base camp . . . maybe walk a hundred meters above base camp.

 

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him “real old”. But, as Eric says, “Just because I have to grow old doesn’t mean that I have to grow up!” In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between young people – the conflicts, tensions, stresses and interests that make up their lives.

Eric began his writing as a teacher. He taught in classes from kindergarten up and his stories often reflect the curriculum that he was teaching. He always read stories – picture books and novels – to his students and this helped him to understand what children liked, responded to, and were inspired by. He enjoys the enthusiasm of his students and often looks at them to provide him with the inspiration to pursue a particular topic in both the classroom and in his writing.

Eric tries to write every day. When he has a story idea he starts with research. This could involve reading books, watching a documentary, or trying to experience the things that his characters are going to go through. This could include rock climbing or riding white water (for STARS), spending time in a wheelchair (Rebound), playing and walking with tigers (Tiger By The Tail), hanging around a tough biker bar (Diamonds in the Rough), standing out in his backyard in a blizzard wearing a T-shirt and shorts (Trapped In Ice), or traveling to Africa (Alexandria of Africa).

“The most important thing anybody ever told me about writing was to write what you know . . . and the only way to get to know things is to do your homework and research before you write,” Eric stated.

Once the writing begins the story is always playing around in his head. He takes any opportunity, even if it’s just a few minutes between presentations, to put things down, either with pen and paper or on his laptop.

Prior to entering teaching and writing Eric was a social worker (B.S.W., M.S.W., B.A.Hons – specialized major psychology). He worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, private practice, a mental health centre, and, for twenty years on a part-time basis as a Crisis Social Worker in an emergency department. He stopped teaching 4 years ago and left the ER only last year.

The majority of Eric’s time is spent in the company of his wife, children and dogs (Lola a big standard poodle and a little white dog named Winnie The Poodle).

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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2 Comments

  1. That sounds like an awesome book! Like a slightly different version of The Walking Dead. :) Very fun interview – potato chips are indeed a horrible addiction. :D

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  2. One of my must reads. Great review, looking forward to it even more now!!

    Have a great week! =)

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