Sunday, 9 June 2019

Legacy by Terry Tyler

Legacy (Project Renova #4) by Terry Tyler
Self published in the UK in 2018.

One of my 2019 COYER Summer Challenge reads. Included in my Vegan Bookshop.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother. 

In 2050, Phoenix Northam's one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him...or so his mother tells him.

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time...

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear...but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.

As the final book of Terry Tyler's Project Renova series, Legacy spans a century of time to show us how life has changed for the descendants of those who survived bat fever. The book doesn't follow a linear timeline so I sometimes struggled to keep track of how everyone was related to each other and where their individual stories intersected. Other than this, however, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Legacy. It was fascinating to see how people we had met as children in the previous books had turned out as adults, as well as how lifestyles we had watched being invented had now become ingrained traditions. Tyler convincingly portrays characters in very disparate locations.

The idea that even a century after a disaster, life across what remained of Britain would still be so completely different to what we know now is frightening. Our conceptions of social stability really don't have particularly strong foundations and most of us I think would be hopelessly unprepared for even a minor equivalent of a Project Renova situation! Legacy provides a satisfying conclusion to the Project Renova series and, despite all its horrors, I will be sad to leave this vividly portrayed world behind. Hopefully I will never have to call upon any of its lessons for myself?

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1 comment:

  1. Living would be really hard after a disaster such as this one. Stories like this always seem so interesting.