Author: Terry Tyler
Category: Psychological thriller/dystopian
My Rating: 4 Star
Terry Tyler’s nineteenth published work is a psychological thriller set in a dystopian near future – the UK, Year 2028.
Blogger Lita Stone and journalist Nick Freer live and work online, seeing life through soundbites, news TV and social media. Keeping the outside world at bay in their cosy flat, they observe the ruthless activities of the new PM and his celebrity fitness guru wife, Mona (hashtag MoMo), with the mild outrage that can be quelled simply by writing another blog post.
Meanwhile, in the outside world, multinational conglomerate Nutricorp is busy buying up supermarket chains, controlling the media, and financing the new compounds for the homeless: the Hope Villages.
Lita and Nick suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, until the outside world catches up with them – and Lita is forced to discover a strength she never knew she possessed.
Terry Tyler has a gift for producing memorable characters that stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. Hope is yet another excellent example of the authors talents. She can also scare the living daylights out of you with her post-apocalyptic storylines!
Hope is a fictional story that’s a little too close to home. Terry Tyler taps into the state of the world and current affairs to weave a plot that can delight and terrify you. We’ve all seen the men and women sleeping in shop doorways who have hit rock bottom and now live on the streets. Do you ever consider how they got there, or the circumstances surrounding their misfortune? Hope follows three friends as their bright futures are slowly stripped away by the government who claims to care.
As I read this book I felt the fluttering of panic in my chest at how easy it can be to lose everything and not be in control of your own life. As with all of Terry’s books the story is driven by amazing characters and plenty of twists.
I could fully connect with top blogger, Lita Stone as she relishes her warm and safe attic room doing a job she loves and making a decent living. Okay, so I don’t make a decent living from my job, but that sense of belonging and home was incredibly relatable. To see the speed in which your life can be unpicked was chilling.
Although the plot was disturbing in its real-life possibility, it was also refreshing to see how the weak and broken can fight back. There are plenty of threads left open for a sequel, which I hope we see in the future as I’d love to find out what MoMo has in store, and if she’ll ever wake up to the controlling puppet master that stays just out of the readers reach.
A fabulous story that will leave you horrified and hopeful.
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About the Author:
Terry Tyler is the author of nineteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Hope’, a dystopian, psychological drama set in the UK, a decade into the future. She is currently at work on ‘Blackthorn’, a post-apocalyptic stand-alone story set in her fictional city of the same name. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.