The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.
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 the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.
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.
In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…
This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is due to be published in September 2017, with the final instalment in the middle of 2018. A collection of outtake short stories, Patient Zero, is in progress, and should be available around December 2017. – Goodreads.com
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and, to my knowledge, the post-apocalyptic genre is a different path for her. I’m thrilled she decided to branch out, as this is a favorite for me.
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. I especially enjoyed the nods to some of my favorites – 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead (Eugene!).
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.