I could not think of a better author to start off a hopefully regular Book Review feature on my blog, than the brilliant Terry Tyler and her novel “Tipping Point” – Book One of the Project Renova series.
About the book
‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’
A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made – and that Private Life might not be as private as it claims.
Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.
As the country descends into chaos, there are scores to be settled further north….
Good dystopian novels act as a looking-glass into the future, shaping a vision for the reader that is both imaginative and thought-provoking – Great Dystopia, and Terry Tyler’s first book in the Project Renova series is highly placed amongst these, takes all of the above and underlines them chillingly with a warning aimed at just as much as where we are today in society, as to the future we are shaping for generations to come.
To review the book in depth would be to spoil the pleasure awaiting potential readers, and there is much pleasure to be found within those pages. Tyler’s writing is pacey, crisp, clean and fabulously well written (and, despite the subject matter, full of as much wit as tragedy). The future landscape she paints is vividly portrayed, with an authenticity that is well constructed and very well thought out.
I have read many great books over the last few years, some highly regarded and praised by the press, and I found the writer’s style and the story that unfolds to be as good as, if not better than, a great many of those receiving such accolades.
The central story focuses on lead character Vicky, and her daughter Lottie, monitoring the news and events starting to unfold in the world beyond their sleepy coastal town in Norfolk, via their technology. From the outset, their relationship is believable and you warm to them immediately, such is the writer’s skill, who paints a vivid portrayal of their home life in Shipden, and of the lives of the people who live there.
As events unfold (and to even talk about it would be to spoil it for you), the story starts to really bite.
There should be a stark warning in Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic novels, acting as a two-way mirror that looks into the future, whilst reflecting upon the present. Underlying this wonderful read, Tyler’s observations of modern life, however seemingly mundane, warn us about our increasingly addictive reliance upon the ever-advancing technology put before us, and of the social media platforms we choose to install upon them. It’s all so very plausible, and with each page, a chill starts to settle under your skin.
In the chaos of the modern world we live in today, every aspect is drawn together brilliantly by the author, whispering at first, then shouting at the reader to be aware of everything we have come to accept; the internet, the scandals of our data being shared, stolen, and who-knows what else – of our daily movements being monitored.
When you think of Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic novels, you imagine a futuristic world, crushed under the boot and heel of its dictators; you imagine the living, trying to survive being torn to pieces by the dead, of bands of heroic survivors fighting to survive in the aftermath of the future we made for ourselves. TippingPoint, Book One of the Project Renova series ticks all those boxes and Tyler’s skillful tale adds a great many unique ones of her own.
George Orwell warned us many years ago about this, and Terry Tyler’s wonderful read shouts as loudly as any Dystopian novel I have ever read.
Tipping Point will stay with you for a long time, and before you rush to delete your online accounts and ditch your tech, you should, with great anticipation, read this book, and then the rest of this wonderful series.
About the Author
Terry Tyler is the author of eighteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Legacy’, the final book in her post apocalyptic series. She is currently at work on a new dystopian novel, set in the UK, twelve years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, and you can find out more about her by heading over to her excellent Blog.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.