Happy Thursday, Reading NOOK!
Today, we're reviewing Fight for Power, the second book in the Rule of 3 trilogy. I loved the first book, so I was completely stoked when we were invited to be a part of the blog tour!
Read on, for all of the reasons why you should get this book ASAP.
(Or better yet: get the book first, and then read my review!)
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 20th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format read: ARC
After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam’s battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb’s lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam’s mistakes and mistaken trust.
Author Eric Walters reconnects us with Adam sixty-six days after the events of the first book, but it feels like an eternity since life has been normal for him, Herb and the residents of Eden Mills. The residents are continuing their struggle for survival, but things have quickly becoming acrimonious in a place where survival of the fittest is law.
Whereas Walters focused on the systematic collapse of societal normals in The Rule of 3, Fight for Power is very much centered on answering the "what happens now?" of a post-apocalyptic scenario. Adam, Herb and others now have to decide how to continue functioning as a society, and their intrinsic values in this survivalist world. Herb is very much all about self-preservation, while Adam shows an empathy that readers will both understand and worry over.
Though Fight for Power isn't as necessarily urgent or action-packed as the first book, Walters asks a number of philosophical questions that will undoubtedly provoke readers to think and question as they read. Parents and educators should also take advantage by discussing some of the scenarios presented by Walters, and ask their students how they would react in those situations.
(Also, THAT ending!)
I highly recommend this book for fans of the first trilogy, fans of action-adventure novels, and I also recommend this book for educators and parents who are looking for books suitable for reluctant readers.
Yes, the world that Adam and his cohorts are living in is a tough and demoralizing one. But it's his resolve, bravery and resourcefulness in the face of such dangers, that makes him an engaging and compelling hero who will draw readers in.
About the author:
Eric Walters, a former elementary-school teacher, is a bestselling children’s author in Canada and has published more than eighty books. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario—in a neighborhood that is the model for Adam’s in the novel—and is the founder of Creation of Hope, a charity that provides care for orphans in the Mboonii district of Kenya.