- Author: Terry Tyler
- Kindle Edition
- Category: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Book Review, Books, Reading
‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’
The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.
Vicky Keating lived in the house of her dreams in the seaside town of Shipden on the Norfolk coast, with her daughter, Lottie, and partner, Dex. The story is set in the near future when ‘privacy’ on social media is fast becoming a contentious issue, and huge numbers of people are closing down accounts and deleting profiles – until a new, supposedly completely safe social networking site takes the world by storm.
Dex and his friends belong to Unicorn, an organisation distrustful of government, believing the new social media site is part of a manipulative plan for the gathering and analysis of personal data by the National Security Agency. He warns Vicky and Lottie against posting, particularly personal information. Vicky believes he’s overreacting and Lottie can’t imagine not being in constant online contact with her friends.
“Such a clever idea I could almost give a round of applause, if I didn’t suspect it was a whole heap of bullshit,” he said.
Much though I adored Dex, living with someone who insists that the world’s population is constantly having the wool pulled over its eyes by those in power could be wearying.
When news of an impending and deadly pandemic sweeps the country Vicky and Lottie find themselves alone, unable to process the increasing horror as events unfold. When a military presence appears in the town to contain the remaining residents Vicky and Lottie manage to escape and travel, despite the dangers, to the safe house where Dex made arrangements to meet up with them.
Written in the first person, Vicky’s thoughts and reactions are totally convincing and just what I’d imagine to be true to life. Witnessing the progressive break down of society and it’s values and the disintegration of a country is extremely credible. It was actually very difficult for me to imagine how people would cope without all the basics we take for granted on a day-to-day basis, never mind things like the internet and mobile phones, and then having to navigate a new and dangerous world, but I think this storyline is spot on.
Exploration of characters and their personalities, by thoughts, actions and dialogue, is one of Terry Tyler’s strengths and those in this story are no exception. They are all distinct, well defined with depth and portrayed with authenticity, showing the best and worst traits of humanity, with a mix of fear, desperation, lawlessness, decency and the willingness of the masses to believe what they are told. The group at the safe house, and even those who were sucked into working for the project for one reason or another, all of them jumped out, drew me in and kept me reading. Can’t wait for the next one!
The plot is terrific, written and executed extremely well with insight, humour and wit, although it’s quite chilling and thought provoking and made me think seriously about the down sides of social media. I enjoy Terry Tyler’s easy to read and realistic writing style immensely. This is a believable, if disturbing, scenario, very relevant to today’s lifestyle and environmental considerations.
I chose to read and review Tipping Point based on a digital copy of the book supplied by the author.
About the author
Terry Tyler is the author of fourteen books on Amazon, the latest being ‘Tipping Point’, the first book in her new post apocalyptic series. She is proud to be self-published, is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Her next book, ‘Lindisfarne’, the sequel to ‘Tipping Point’, should be available in September 2017. She would love to have a list of fascinating and unusual hobbies to include in her bio, but is too busy writing to do much apart from read and flop in front of Netflix when the document is saved for the day. Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and writes for one of their main fansites. She lives in the north east of England with her husband, and is still trying to learn Geordie.