‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there anymore.’
Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.
New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.
Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?
This sequel to Tipping Point is told through the voices of Vicky and her daughter Lottie, as well as other members of the community they join in Lindisfarne. In many ways, it is more thrilling and revealing than the first book, as we see through their eyes, that this crisis is here to stay and can only get worse. As social mores are eroded, a new form of rough justice is established to deal with the baser forms of human behaviour.
Arriving in Lindisfarne, Vicky, Heath and their companions must adapt to a miss-matched community of bikers and well-meaning people who use expressions such as, “reach out,” and “empower.” Vicky must now face up to former partner, Dex’s, betrayal and meet his pregnant mistress, Naomi. But soon, there are more sinister dangers to face.
Meanwhile, down south, Doyle ekes out an existence while trying to discover more about his former employment on Project Renova. He is soon to meet Alex Verlander, the boss who left him trapped, but whose side will he be on this time?
The development of the characters we met in book one is convincing and rewarding. Lottie has become an independent, strong young woman and Vicky now seems to be thinking for herself, but she can still be manipulated by others. We learn Heath’s back story, showing his torture as he battles against demons from the past. In Dex, we meet a new age leader who owes much to his studies of the Viking age.
It is difficult to make comments about Lindisfarne without giving away the plot, but as it reflects all aspects of humanity coming to terms, not just with survival but with making a new meaningful life, the possibilities are limitless. In the last chapter, two new characters are introduced and those we already know have many more challenges to face. This is a terrific book and I can’t wait for the next one!!
Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series, sequel to Tipping Point (Book 1).
A book of related short stories, entitled Patient Zero, features back and side-stories from minor characters, and should be available in November, 2017. Book 3 is due in mid 2018.
My review of Tipping Point can be found here
Lindisfarne is available on Amazon UK
Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books on Amazon. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and writes for one of their main fansites. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, and is still trying to learn Geordie.