Friday, 18 January 2019

UK2 by Terry Tyler


UK2 (Project Renova #3) by Terry Tyler
Self published in the UK in March 2018.

U for my 2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge and my 4th 2019 Mount TBR Challenge read

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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

The pace steps up in this penultimate book in the Project Renova series, 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.'

I think UK2, the third volume in Terry Tyler's Project Renova series, is the best yet! I loved seeing the contrasts between what our group of survivors had managed to create from pretty much nothing on Lindisfarne and the vast shadily-financed UK2 settlement under construction on the South Downs. Although it has only been three years since Bat Fever ran riot, some people have managed to embrace their completely different lifestyle whereas as others hanker after former securities and comforts. When scouts are sent out from UK2 to entice survivors to join the new colony, it is interesting to see who would give up freedom for the promise of hot showers and the sort of regular employment they used to have!

I appreciated the ideas discussed around the concept of freedom. UK2 offers its inhabitants the protection of high fences and armed guards. People can rebuild their lives free from threats of starvation and violent attacks from other survivors' groups. Jobs will bring financial security again with opportunities for shopping and leisure activities such as TV, cinema and the pub. Lindisfarne has a pub too, of course, and a barricade to keep outsiders out. People there must also work hard to provide food and the basics to maintain their lives, but at a precarious subsistence level that could easily be destroyed. So which life is actually freedom?

Tyler builds on the ideas from Tipping Point and Lindisfarne and I liked the mix of new characters with originals, plus the reappearances of some thought lost. UK2 keeps up a great pace throughout so this is an exciting read. I occasionally had moments where I lost track of the large cast, but their diverse situations and beliefs allows for clever and unexpected plot twists. UK2 was intended to be the final book of a trilogy and, as such, it is a blockbuster! However I now know that Tyler has written a fourth installment, Legacy. I am delighted not to have to leave the Renova world behind just yet!

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16 comments:

  1. The first book in the series is on my e-reader I think! I've still to go through what is on my Kindle!

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    1. I've got my fingers tightly crossed that you enjoy the read :-)

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  2. New to me but then again, you've got such a vast reading taste that I can barely keep up. Lol.

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    1. Lol, yes, I don't think I could ever stick to reading just one genre!!

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  3. a large cast would be certainly a challenge for my Dory Brain
    BUT

    I powerful words caught my attention (which is like as easy to catch as a hummingbird LOL) Freedom, threats, starvation, violent attacks, survivors' groups, and precarious subsistence
    ME LIKE!

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    1. I think you would enjoy this series. TBH the first book was, understandably, toughest for remembering who everyone is. Now we know the central characters pretty well and there aren't too many new faces to keep track of

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  4. Hmm... That is an interesting discussion about freedom. No one is ever really free. We need food, shelter, and water to sustain us and that doesn't come free.

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    1. Exactly! Even in a future where money has collapsed there's still a kind of payment needed by way of time and effort

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  5. I put this series on my wish list when I read an earlier review or maybe it was another person's about this series. :) Glad it shows some complexities and development that not all end of the world stories do.

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    1. I like that Terry keeps the excitement level high, but also asks thoughtful questions of her characters

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  6. I love the idea of the exploration of freedom, and imagine as a reader it would be interesting to compare and contrast going with Lindisfarne vs UK2. I love it when books make me think like that. :)

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    1. Yes, there were several points where I was prompted to stop and consider how I might react in such a situation

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  7. Yay! It's always the best feeling when you can enjoy the finale to a series, and it sounds like this one was done well. I am all for those discussions about freedom and it sounds like this book handles it so well. I am going to have to check out book 1.

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    1. This series was really well done and I loved that it went deeper into the characters' experiences than I had expected

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  8. Huh, this sounds interesting. Honestly, I'm sure I'd give up my freedom if it meant hot showers and not having to constantly worry about starvation and violent attacks. Because, if you're living like that, constantly struggling to survive, is *that* really freedom? Just your review is thought-provoking!

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    1. I could see pros and cons of each environment and it really did depend on each person's individual situation when they made their decisions where to go

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