Age of Iron takes on the subject of Rules and Order by turning our conceptions of those two terms totally upside-down. Mrs. Curren finds herself in a world of chaos in which rules are meant to be broken – in fact, the people who enforce the "rules" in this society seem to be the real bad guys, while the people who break rules seem to be oppressed and held down. Mrs. Curren experiences this phenomenon firsthand in her interactions with the police. She witnesses police brutality over and over again, and when she tries to make things right, she finds that there's really nothing that she can do. Mrs. Curren starts to realize that she's living in a world in which rules are constantly being nullified and reinvented. She tries to scope out some sense of order only to find that all order has been wiped out.
Age of Iron shows us the ways in which following rules is a vital part of keeping peace in society.
Age of Iron shows us how sometimes rules are made to be broken.