Sunday, 16 December 2018

Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler


Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler
Self published in September 2017.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


'You're judging this by the standards of the old world. But that's gone. We don't live there any more.'

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?

After being gripped by Tipping Point earlier this year, I have been keen to return to Terry Tyler's dystopian Project Renova series. This second volume, Lindisfarne, is just as scarily plausible as the first and I soon immersed myself back in the story. (I did appreciate the brief Tipping Point recap!) We get to see to what extent Vicky and her daughter Lottie are adapting to their new reality. Lindisfarne focuses on the changing dynamics and relationships within the group as they encounter new people and also rekindle past friendships - and animosities. At one point we have an intricate love hexagon (I think. Geometry isn't my strong point!) which adds great tension to the situation. I loved how Tyler illustrates different approaches towards the leading of this new community of very disparate people. Would a committee or a dictator be the most effective? Which tasks should take priority when there aren't enough people to do everything?

I would have liked more details of the practicality of life as I feel this would have helped me envisage the island day to day. The way British society seems to be imploding right now, it might soon be useful information too! However this is only a minor point. For me what really makes Lindisfarne interesting is its authentic-feeling contrasts. Lottie's youth and inexperience actually allows her to be far more flexible about her lifestyle than Vicky. The well-meaning Marcus envisages a peaceful cooperative commune, but this would always be at risk without the entrenched violence of the biker gang's 'protection'. Plus, as we watch these people, like mice in a lab experiment, struggling to survive, I was always wondering at the back of my mind, how long it could be before the organisation that unleashed the whole mess in the first place returned to enforce their ideas on everyone. Thank goodness I've already purchased the third in this series, UK2, and I won't wait too long to find out!


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6 comments:

  1. This is not a genre I usually read, but it does sound intriguing. Great review!

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    1. I'm loving this series and am glad to already have the third book awaiting reading :-)

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  2. I am staying far away from any dystopian lit, as I slowly wade into the fiction pool - it feels like a lot of these might become a reality in the near-future and that thought is scary enough!!

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    1. I know what you mean! Possibly this could be one of a new genre that we'll come to call Prescient History. Assuming anyone survives of course ...

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  3. Don't you just love it when the sequel is so good and you can just enjoy it like the first one? I am glad it was easy for you to get back into the world and the story, and hooked right in again ;)

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    1. Exactly! I'm so glad I took a chance on this series :-)

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