Friday, 16 March 2018

Patient Zero by Terry Tyler

Patient Zero by Terry Tyler
Self published in the UK in November 2017.

One of my 2018 IndieAthon Reads and my 2018 Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge reads. Included in my Vegan Bookshop

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How I got this book:
Took advantage of a free launch download offer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The year is 2024.
A mysterious virus rages around the UK.
Within days, 'bat fever' is out of control.
Patient Zero is a collection of nine short stories featuring minor characters from the post apocalyptic Project Renova series. All stories are completely 'stand alone'.

1. Jared: The Spare Vial
Jared has two vaccinations against the deadly virus: one for him, one for a friend...

2. Flora: Princess Snowflake
The girl with the perfect life, who believes in her father, the government, Christian charity and happy endings.

3. Jeff: The Prepper
What does a doomsday 'prepper' do when there is nothing left to prepare for?

4. Karen: Atonement
She ruined her sister's last day on earth, and for this she must do penance.

5. Aaron: #NewWorldProblems
Aaron can't believe his luck; he appears to be immune. But his problems are far from over.

6. Ruby: Money To Burn
Eager to escape from her drug dealer boyfriend's lifestyle, Ruby sets off with a bag filled with cash.

7. Meg: The Prison Guard's Wife
Meg waits for her husband to arrive home from work. And waits...

8. Evie: Patient Zero
Boyfriend Nick neglects her. This Sunday will be the last time she puts up with it. The very last time.

9. Martin: This Life
Life after life has taught the sixty year old journalist to see the bigger picture.

People who only like to read a series in its proper order had better look away now because I started Terry Tyler's Project Renova series with Book Three! Actually I believe Patient Zero is more of a companion volume to the first two books, Tipping Point and Lindisfarne, and can be read independently without ruining the others' story arc. I certainly hope so!

The nine stories in Patient Zero each feature a different character, all of whom are in some way affected by a disease epidemic sweeping across the UK. Despite all the stories being short, I felt I got a good sense of the overall chaos and panic as well as understanding the situations of the people Tyler introduces us to. There's lots of excitement and tense scenes, but alongside strong character portrayals so there is more to these dystopian tales than just action.

On the strengths of Patient Zero I am intrigued to find out more and have already bought myself a copy of Tipping Point. Expect its Literary Flits review soon!

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  1. apocalyptic tales about viruses are always so exciting! gripping! :)

  2. Oh no, I'm one of those people who never reads out of order, except maybe on rare occasion if books can be read as standalones. Which it sounds like this one could lol. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. This is more a companion book so I could read it at any point with no problems. I am terrible for never reading series in their proper order though :-)

  3. It can, yes< Kristen ~ it's written so that it can be read either before the novels in the series, as an introduction to it, or after them, to give back and side-story to some of the characters already mentioned.

    Thanks so much again for the review, and for having me on Literary Flits, Stephanie!

    1. Thank you for dropping by, Terry! I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this series' novels now :-)

  4. I always read my book series in order, and I never understand how people can jump in like this but ahaha, you do you! I'm glad you liked it enough to go and get book one.

    1. I guess it's usually because I find books in charity shops and they Never have the first one!! This book's ok to read whenever though so I got lucky here