Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – UK2 – Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler

 

Welcome to another of my book reviews and this is a book that I have been looking forward to, since reading Books one and two of Project Renova.. Tipping Point and Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler.. Here is UK2.

About UK2 (Project Ronova Book 3)

‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’

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 the future.

Here is my review for UK2

A satisfying finale to the Project Renova series….

I do recommend that you read Tipping Point and Lindisfarne, the first two books in the series before reading UK2.. however for those who have read the first two books and would like a recap before reading… head to the back of UK2 for a summary.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the post-apocalyptic world created by Terry Tyler in Tipping Point but also frightened. The concept is not inconceivable, when you have leaders in the world who are less than rational, and greedy individuals who feel entitled to keep  the world’s riches for themselves. In a very short space of time the world is in chaos including the UK where we are introduced to the survivors in the first two books.

UK2 begins on Lindisfarne and picks up the story of the central characters including Dex, Vicky, Lottie and Jax. The island is on alert for attacks from outsiders and concerned about dwindling supplies, but for Lottie and a handful of her closest friends, there is also a secret that will rock the community. If you want someone to really dislike as a character, then Dex is your man.

In the south the government is creating UK version two, gathering the survivors to create a new nation governed by members of the elite. They have designed a strictly regulated programme of indoctrination and compliance. And as with every master race initiative, selective breeding programmes. They send out recruiters, including the thuggish Barney and reluctant Doyle, to market UK2 as the answer to all outlying communities concerns with the promise of housing, jobs, education and security.  A large number of Lindisfarne’s residents are convinced to leave by the persuasive enticements, and travel in buses to the fortified sanctuary full of hope of a better future.  This includes Dex who feels that his leadership role on the Island can expand into one of even more prominence within the new administration.

The story then splits into life for those remaining on Lindisfarne with new characters introduced such as Hawk and Seren who have arrived from a failed community on a Danish island. But are they really who they claim to be?  And we are introduced to life for those now living in UK 2. It is clear that not is all as promised in the marketing hype, and young Flora in particular, discovers that you should always read the small print.

It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series without giving away spoilers. However, I can promise you a reading experience that is chilling and thought provoking, and central characters so well drawn, that you connect with them on a personal level, as they share their perspective on events.  You will find yourself taking sides in the various relationships that develop in both locations, and have a growing dislike…bordering anger, at those in leadership roles who manipulate and betray those they have sworn to protect.

It is a good idea to take a moment to put yourself in their shoes as the story unfolds, and question whether you would be strong and resourceful enough to survive.

And apart from the human element of this terrific series, the manufactured virus that wiped out millions, is also disdainful of those that perpetrated this atrocity, and is about to teach humans that you don’t mess with nature.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of sixteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Patient Zero’, the third book in her new post apocalyptic series, which is a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring characters in the main novels. 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 loves history, winter, South Park and Netflix. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, a move that took place nine years ago from the beautiful Norfolk coast; she is still trying to learn Geordie.

Connect to Terry Tyler

Blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Terry-Tyler-author-127960897322262/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and discover more about Terry Tyler’s books. I am certainly looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

 

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41 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – UK2 – Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler

  1. Thank you so very much, Sally; what a splendid review, you’ve made me want to read it!!! I so appreciate the thought that has obviously gone into its writing; I particularly like how you’ve described the way those in the settlements are enticed into moving to UK Central (the paragraph starting ‘in the south’).

    Mostly, I’m really pleased you liked it. You’ve made my day 🙂

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    • Delighted Terry… and glad you enjoyed the review enough to read! Amazon UK and Goodreads are up.. but Amazon Us… despite me having an account and being an author.. is blocking me for posting the review unless I spend money.. on anything to the tune of $49 or so.. I have just blasted them on Twitter. As an International bookseller they should welcome any genuine review that encourages customers to buy and they certainly should not be demanding money for the privilege to do so.. I will keep at them.. hugs xxx

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      • Thanks Claire.. I don’t see why I should promote books for them to receive commission from the author.. and have to by $50 of any other product… hair colour, a chisel and a DVD to be able to review that book. It is blackmail. Also they make commission of books of mine.. okay not hundreds of dollars but certainly more than enough to cover the books that I review most of which are bought. Sorry … on a tear.. hugs xx

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      • Actually a notice comes up which says that you have not spent sufficient money to qualify to review anything. They tell you how much you have to spend.. that can be on anything for example a hairdryer and that will entitle you to review that product and a few items such as books that you might have been given as an ARC. I will have another shot at posting the review again later this evening. hugs x

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    • Re your comments about Amazon.com – I wonder if it’s just a temporary glitch. I didn’t think we could buy from .com, as we are in the UK? I never have, and posted a review to the site only last night. You could always try again – I’m not thinking from my own POV with the review, but just to put your mind at rest! I hope it’s not a new thing….

      ps, thank you MASSIVELY for posting to those sites straight away. That is always so much appreciated!

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      • I have had the problem before Terry.. and part of the problem is that they are run as separate entities because of tax issues etc. I have been on to them and have also stressed that they get commission on sales from my own books that sell on Amazon US which should count. It took time for them to share the US reviews on the UK accounts but I keep asking why they think the UK reviews are not worthy of being automatically posted on the US book page anyway. The bottom line is that they are the major international bookseller and financial considerations aside, they should remember that their bottom line is impacted by not taking advantage of the marketing we do for them. I am hoping that after my words with them yesterday that I will be able to upload your review today.. And you can buy from the US site, even books and you will often see under items.. delivered to Ireland etc in 5 days.. I buy from Amazon UK and so does my husband and that should count across all of them. The saga continues…… hugs xxx

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      • Agree with all you say – can’t be in their interests, can it? I was just talking to someone in Holland who can’t post reviews to the UK anymore. I suggested to her I will post her UK ones; if I have any trouble with posting to .com, she will post mine to that. It doesn’t matter that they won’t be verified purchase, because so many book ones are ARC anyway, and Kindle Unlimited downloads don’t show as verified purchase anyway. But I do realise that a lot of people won’t be in favour of doing this, or think it’s unethical. I understand that point of view. The problem lies with Amazon, of course!

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