Author: Terry Tyler
Category: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Book Review
The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, 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…
UK2, the third full length book in the Project Renova series, indicates a change is coming sooner rather than later with a visit from a UK Central contingent.
Early summer 2026 and Dex Northam is pleased with himself and the way he’s organised what he classes as his community, but still, the thought of what the future might bring excites him. The group on Lindisfarne are producing just enough food and are still able to find goods they can salvage on scavenging runs. But illness is a problem due to the this imposed lifestyle. Dex has a strong feeling the world will change again in the not too distant future. In the meantime he feels happy with life.
The secret Lottie is keeping from her mother plays havoc with her mind, and is only the tiniest bit alleviated because she can share her concerns with Mac, her biker boyfriend. The enormity of it is overwhelming, making her impatient, sleep deprived and bad-tempered. She despises Dex and misses Heath but is scared of how Vicky will take the information, especially as she’s still living with Dex. Lottie has grown into someone she doesn’t recognise, a person who can hold a knife to someone’s throat if they threaten her.
I remember the month after the virus kicked off, so clearly, but before that it’s all a bit sketchy. Like it was a long, long time ago. I don’t know her, that kid Lottie who ate ice cream watching dumb teen series on Netflix and arsed around online with her mates. I’m jealous of her for having nothing to make her feel overwhelmed and sick with fear. But I despise her, too, for thinking that all the trivial crap that went on in her little life actually mattered.
She’s not me.
In the south UK Central is expanding and Verlander is working towards an agenda he’s only sharing with a select few. Scouting parties are sent out to scour the country for pockets of survivors and bring in as many unsuspecting people as they can. Several Lindisfarne residents elect to leave, including Dex who has plans of his own. Through the thoughts and opinions of Doyle, Verlander and Dex, the unpalatable truth is revealed. The new world regime is not at all as promised and, for most, the better future doesn’t materialise.
I love the way the characters are easy to connect with, brought to life as the reader is privy to each of their reflections and opinions, with chapters coming from various first person perspectives – namely Vicky, Lottie, Flora, Martin and Doyle. This approach gives a real sense of their personalities and how everyone’s method of coping differs. Other characters are given third person points of view which are just as hard hitting. The world building is convincing, chilling and vivid, it’s easy enough to imagine such a scenario.
It seems UK2 is the least of the looming threats to the survivors however, and no-one is certain how much newcomers to Lindisfarne, Seren and Hawk, can be trusted.
Terry Tyler’s books have never disappointed. Each one is individual yet they are all connected in a way, by the incredibly authentic characterisations, development, realistic dialogue and interactions, not forgetting the wonderful sense of place. Project Renova is a highly recommended series.
I chose to read and review UK2 based on an advance reader copy of the book supplied by the author.