Book Review, Dystopian, Psychological, Science Fiction, Series, Thriller

Tipping Point (Project Renova #1) by Terry Tyler


‘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.’

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 the 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 hometown 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…


The tipping point in the case of a pandemic when there are more cases of infection than can be controlled by isolation—and, later, when there are simply not enough healthy people in authority to keep the basic needs of a society going, or to maintain order. Which is when chaos takes over. The problem is that no one recognises that the tipping point is about to be reached until it’s already passed.

When a pandemic of Bat Fever sweeps across Europe a frightened mother and her daughter try to find a way to survive alone in a dangerous new world.

Vicky loves her home in Shipden with her daughter, Lottie, and her boyfriend, Dex, who is part of an underground organization called Unicorn, “the only people in the U.K. who had any idea what was about to go down, before it did.” Thinking ahead Dex brings home vaccines for Vicky and Lottie, but they are still far from safe. When the pandemic hits, Dex is out saving the world with the Unicorn group leaving Vicky and Lottie to fend for themselves running from the so-called soldiers who shoot first and think later. Will Vicky find a safe place to stay and will she see Dex again?

After the fall of Facebook, Private Life, hosted by two working mothers, is the next best social working site with billions of followers. This results in Private Life nudging out the competition.  When the outbreak happens, Dex thinks the social networking signup has something to do with a targeted depopulation program. Is the government spying on them?

The story is told from many different viewpoints from the survivors to patient zero who started the epidemic, from an evil prison escapee to young data analysts working for the government to weed out those for annihilation. 

I am a big fan of apocalyptic thrillers and Terry Tyler has cleverly ripped news from the headlines including Facebook’s problems, immigration, and overpopulation, to come up with a fascinating take on how our world can disintegrate with prejudice and the spreading gap between classes. If you like fast-moving plots that are highly original and exciting, give this thriller a try.

Thank you to Ms. Tyler for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Tipping Point

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Terry TylerTerry Tyler is the author of nineteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Hope’, a dystopian, psychological drama set in the UK, a decade into the future. She is currently at work on ‘Blackthorn’, a post-apocalyptic stand-alone story set in her fictional city of the same name. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

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 northeast of England with her husband.

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