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Rule of Three Excerpt

Rule of Three Excerpt

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A person can last 3 minutes without air,
3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
A community begins to die in just seconds.

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.

Welcome to the all-too-possible nightmare of The Rule of Three—a breakout adventure story from acclaimed Canadian author Eric Walters.
A person can last 3 minutes without air,
3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
A community begins to die in just seconds.

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.

Welcome to the all-too-possible nightmare of The Rule of Three—a breakout adventure story from acclaimed Canadian author Eric Walters.

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“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.“It is
not
 the last minute. This isn’t due until final period.“Which is in forty minutes,” I replied.“That’s my point. It won’t be the
last
 minute until thirty- nine minutes from now. If I handed it in
now
, technically it  would be
early
.
 
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This was Todd logic at its finest. He was almost impossi-ble to reason with but totally impossible not to have a laugh  with. The freshman girls seated on either side of us in the computer lab seemed to agree as they started giggling.“Please don’t encourage him,” I said.And now you don’t want me to be encouraged. What sort of best friend are you?” Todd demanded. “If you ladies want to offer me encouragement, please feel free.They giggled again. This was obviously becoming more about him trying to impress them and less about helping me help him avoid flunking another assignment.“Why didn’t you just do this last night?” I asked.“I was worn out from football practice. Physically and men-tally. You’d have been worn out, too, if you hadn’t quit the team.”I snorted. “I didn’t
quit
. I just didn’t try out this year.”“Same thing.“It’s not the same thing. I chose flying lessons over foot-ball.”“What kind of normal sixteen- year- old chooses flying les-sons over anything?”“One who wants to be a pi lot.”“Just like Daddy.”“Sure.” My father was a commercial pi lot for Delta. He had been in uniform at the breakfast table, and said he was head-ing to O’Hare this morning. I knew he would be taking off on his return flight soon, so he’d be home in time to read with the twins before they went to bed.“Personally, I’d rather be like your mother,” Todd said.“My mother is a woman,” I pointed out. “And I gotta tell

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