Fourth Dimension

Fourth Dimension

Book - 2018
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In a world with no power, chaos soon descends. A powerful look at the disintegration of society in the wake of a massive and mysterious outage that has knocked out all modern amenities.

Fifteen-year-old Emma has moved house with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother. It's a brand-new condo building, which explains the semi-regular power outages, as workers complete the units around them. So Emma isn't particularly concerned when the latest blackout hits just as they are preparing to leave town on a long weekend camping trip. But then the car won't start, and their cellphones appear dead -- and all the cars outside their building seem to be stalled in a long traffic jam ...

In the midst of what appears to be a massive power outage, with their camping gear packed and ready, Emma and her family canoe over to the islands, just offshore, to wait it out. But while they land on an isolated island, with a relatively hidden site, they are far from safe, as people become increasingly desperate to find food and shelter. And as the days pass, and the power remains out, the threat of violence becomes all too real.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Penguin Teen, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780143198444
9780143198451
Characteristics: 370 pages ;,22 cm.

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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

"The Fourth Dimension" is a fiction book written by Eric Walters, and is a sort of spin-off of his "Rule of Three" trilogy, which I'll be using to compare to for parts of the review. The story revolves around a fifteen-year-old girl named Emma, as well as her mother and younger brother, who are just about to canoe off for a weekends camping trip on a small island when the catastrophic power outage detailed in the "Rule of Three" series strikes. They decide to head off anyways, and face their own series of unique problems as the weeks drag on.

The book is very similar to the "Rule of Three" trilogy in a lot of ways - too many, in my opinion. Emma's mother, in this case, in basically the Herb of the book, the intelligent leader that can be relied on for everything. The story structure, too, is identical. The main characters meet more and more powerful allies and eventually realize they're in over their heads, having to then build up their defenses to protect themselves from the outside world.

Here I'll be getting into some spoilers, so be warned. My biggest gripe with the book is the fact that the author decided to have the climax of the entire trilogy of the "Rule of Three", and this book, converge. This interferes greatly with the pacing. The book essentially crams three books of story into one, causing huge jumps in time and breaking some immersion.

As much as I criticize it though, "The Fourth Dimension" is still a good book. Eric Walters is a great author who envisions and describes scenarios with ease, the writing and descriptive language is great, the characters are mostly interesting and likable, and the overall atmosphere is well fitted for the story. Despite all this, though, I feel everything this book does, the "Rule of Three" series does better.

I would recommend "The Fourth Dimension" to anyone over 12. It's, overall, an enjoyable read. If you enjoy the book I would then highly recommend the "Rule of Three" series, as I think that trilogy has everything "The Fourth Dimension" does, and more. For all of these reasons, I'm giving the book a 3/5. I do try to go a little harder on books, because I find it's pretty rare you find a totally honest opinion. Hope I've helped!

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x2898
Mar 09, 2020

Book is awesome 👏

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SaaimT22186
Feb 04, 2020

Is this book similar to the rule of Three series?

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Apr 23, 2019

timlet thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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timlet
Apr 23, 2019

Violence: I'm so scared

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