The Rule of Won
The Rule of Won started out interestingly enough but I really disliked the sarcastic voice that was portrayed throughout the book. There were parts of the plot that was fairly entertaining especially the girl who drew pictures that came true. The blackout where the lights came back on a few hours after the girl drew a picture of a lighted area. The cafeteria food tasting better after the girl drew a picture of delicious food in the cafeteria. Are these coincidences or is it something more something that cant be explained? This was what drew me to reading The Rule of Won.
The characters that were in The Rule of Won were people that I either were annoyed with or just flat out disliked them. For example, Ethan, leader of the cult was a very charismatic guy who happened to be the brother of the girl with powers. He manages to gather groups of students to follow him and his religion that is, Rule of Won. He believes that by asking for something enough, youll manage to obtain it. By imanifesting enough, his followers and himself managed to have the really bad basketball team finally win a game, to obtain a school fund to rebuild the gym and other miscellaneous wishes. However, unknown to his fellow members and followers, he had his sister draw the pictures of what they wish for and because he believed in her powers, the wishes came true. I personally thought Ethan was a very deceiving guy who just wanted everyone to believe in him and his ways.
And Vicky. Omg. I really disliked her. She uses people for her benefit and when they dont do what she wants, she discards them like a pile of dirty clothes. She was Calebs ex-girlfriend and didnt even formally break up with him. She still hung out with him and he assumed that they were still going out until she accidentally said then maybe Ill go out with you again. I loathed her with a dying heart. Oh, and at the end, after everything Ethan did for her, she was still reluctant to follow him and you could totally tell that she was slightly disgusted for him.
And finally, Caleb, protagonist of the story, is the ultimate slacker who is really dumb at specific times. He always happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and manages to obtain friends that backstab him. *coughVickycough* Besides all his errors and stuff, he still manages to redeem himself when other people start to get hurt. He resists his slacker ways and manages to actually do something. He was definitely written in a sarcastic voice and, in more ways than one, in a very humorous tone.
Overall, The Rule of Won is a very sarcastic piece of work that manages to have just a tad of the supernatural.
Title: The Rule of Won
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Ideal Audience: Boys & Girls 10-17
Caleb has gone through life as a slacker. After all, it's easier than
actually putting forth an effort working. He's been told if he keeps it
up, he won't be able to achieve anything, but if he doesn't want
anything, how can that hurt him? However, when his girlfriend, the
overachiever Vicky, gets on his case to join a new club, he does the
unthinkable: he agrees.
This action isn't as out of character as it may seem, though. The club focuses around a book named The Rule of Won that says that
if you wish for something, you'll get it. That's perfect for Caleb: the
concept states that he'll be able to get things without working!
club is led by a guy named Ethan. Their first project is to get their
school more funding. After all group members chant for it tirelessly,
the impossible happens: the school gets a grant! When a few more wishes
come true using the group's method, the club grows and grows until
almost every student is a member.
However, Caleb is growing
wary. Possessing such a large amount of power isn't right, and he's
afraid Ethan may be abusing it. But because everybody has been sucked
into believing Ethan, Caleb needs to come up with a creative way to
show that The Rule of Won doesn't really work- and fast.
My thoughts: The Rule of Won
is an extremely interesting commentary on group think. Many characters
stop thinking for themselves after a while, and lose all rationality
simply to agree with the crowd. The novel also incorporates wishful
thinking, as many characters are excited to be able to get whatever
Fortunately, this psychological analysis does NOT
make the book boring; on the contrary, Stefan Petrucha keeps the plot
exciting. Because of this, The Rule of Won can be read on many different levels.
I also found it interesting that the ideas that Ethan's group teaches are like meditation and visualization taken at new angles.