The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.
Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south. Uk2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies. Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.
Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…
‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows. I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man. I was free, at last.’
Although this concludes the Project Renova trilogy, there will be more books in the series. A collection of five side stories is planned, and another novel, set far into future.
I’ve loved these characters, hated them, been infuriated with some of their choices, and even mourned a few of them. Just when they thought they’d created a relatively safe, new kind of normal life on Lindisfarne, more obstacles are thrown in their paths. Opportunities are presented and choices are made – both good and regrettable. In their desperation to return to some semblance of their old lives, some characters forget that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
In this series, Lottie’s and Flora’s character arcs are my favorite. Lottie is nearly unrecognizable from the first book to the third, but she learns what’s needed to survive in this new world while still retaining her humanity. I never thought I’d like Flora’s character, but she makes immense strides in UK2, and I hope to see what happens to her in future novellas. I was thrilled to see that karma delivered packages to a few who deserved them.
I have to stress this isn’t a series to be read out of order. I’ve been a fan of this series since the first book – and if you’re a post-apocalyptic/dystopian fan, you will be, too.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author.