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- Language: English
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Tipping Point (Project Renova Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Tipping Point has many engrossing characters from the lovable Vicky & her
daughter Lottie to the fearsome Wedge, i am eagerly awaiting the sequel to
this brilliant book.
With a variety of characters operating on various levels of the 'Something's rotten in the state of Denmark' spectrum, the reader is introduced to those who bury their head in the sand, others who believe it's a glitch the government will correct and a happy ending will be had by all, people who thrive on total anarchy, and doomsday folks who planned months in advance. Vicki's journey is very credible, from disbelief at what's happening in her world, to eventual acceptance, and how best to survive and protect her daughter.
This is a disturbing story, not only because of the horrific circumstances and gradual breakdown of society, but also, even though an improbable situation, it's quite believable. That's partly because it's obvious the author did extensive research, but it also just makes sense in a twisted governmental conspiracy type of way.
This is the first in a series, and I'm very glad I won't have to wait long for the second book! I'd highly recommend Tipping Point for post-apocalyptic/dystopian fans. Get started now before the next book releases in September.
I received a digital ARC from the author.
The pace builds nicely, ratcheting up the tension as Vicky and Lottie quickly find themselves in danger in the early part of the book. The plot is clever and well-structured, weaving in parallels from the past and giving us a suitable amount of backstory. We watch in horror as society breaks down at an alarming speed with anarchy replacing social cohesion and the urbane turning feral.
Tyler gives us chaos and confusion and counter-balances these with concerns over the trivial and mundane. She also manages to throw in a bit of irony and humour to temper the bleakest of situations. In addition, we witness an extensive range of emotions and value judgements; from hope, love, fear and jealousy to sensitive issues such as bigotry, scapegoating and discrimination.
The depth of the characters allows us to share their thoughts and empathise with their anxieties as they try to negotiate their way through each day and somehow survive to live another. The personalities of Vicky and Lottie complement each other well, with each having a strength that the other lacks. The character of Dex is highly intriguing; we feel we know him through Vicky, only for us to have to re-evaluate our perception as we find out more about the individuals who make up the Unicorn group.
The tempo settles a little as practicalities replace panic with a semblance of order coming to the fore among the small band of comrades gathered together in a safe house in the north. We see the restructuring of a microcosmic new order created by people pulling together, each using their own skills and utilising basic materials and possessions. Although we no longer constantly fear for the lives of our main characters, these chapters are no less interesting.
By piecing together all that they know, the friends form their own theory regarding the origins of the deadly virus. The idea of cynical establishment control and manipulation is not new, however this thought-provoking plot gives us a superb twist on the possibility and I found myself wondering if this scenario could actually happen. Many questions were posed; how would our high-tech, media-dominated world cope with this type of catastrophe? The prospect was highly unsettling.
Whilst this novel is 448 pages long, there is no waffle or padding as Tyler doesn’t waste a word. I was absorbed from start to finish and read it in four days. I’m delighted to see that this is the first in a new series and can’t wait to find out what she serves up next. This is an innovative, multi-layered book and I have no hesitation in awarding Terry Tyler and ‘Tipping Point’ five stars.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Tipping Point is no different. Straight away I was rooting for Vicky and her teenage daughter, Lottie, to survive the horrors of a deadly virus that sweeps across England. Set in the not too distant future (2024), Tipping Point explores the terrifying prospect of social media being used against the general populace and the terror that would follow if society crashed around us.
On more than one occasion while reading this book I came close to shutting down my Facebook and Twitter accounts – just in case! Tyler does an expert job of bringing our deepest fears to life in such an accessible way.
The story is told predominantly from Vicky’s point of view as she learns about the spread of a deadly virus and is quarantined within her sleepy seaside town. She escapes with her teenage daughter in tow, and they flee in search of a safe house. Vicky evolves over the course of this novel but her reactions to what she witnesses and copes with are realistic to the situation she finds herself in. I look forward to seeing how she develops over the series.
As with all of Tyler’s novels, there is a wonderful mix of characters, and their unique tales are interwoven as the novel progresses. We are introduced briefly to people who, I believe, will make a larger impact in future books – Wedge!
Although the bigger picture, which is the destruction of the human race, is at the forefront of the novel, I loved the personal stories of the characters as they do what I hope we would all do in their situation – strive to survive!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tipping Point and think it’s a perfect read for any dystopian fan. I would also highly recommend it whether you like this genre or not – if only to teach you about social media awareness! I can’t wait for the release of the second book in the series.
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