Hope by Terry Tyler has been snapping up 5 star reviews all over the place, which is why I’m thrilled to share it with you all today!
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Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Genre: Dystopian/ Psychological Thriller
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 cozy 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.
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We don’t notice our world changing around us, because those little shifts take place so gradually. Attitudes are altered one decision, one blind eye turned, one ‘I accept’ at a time, until a situation that would have seemed unthinkable ten, twenty, thirty years ago, becomes the norm.
I’ve been pondering this a lot over the past few days, since I walked past the usual mile-long queue outside our local food bank, and thought, hang on a minute. When did this happen?
When I was a kid, I knew food banks existed but had never seen one. The UK’s first opened in 2004; I googled it so you don’t have to. Now they’re in every town, as normal a feature of our urban landscape as Nu-Mart and BettaBargains, but still they’re not government funded. They rely on charities, and people like me who dump a packet of Nu-Mart Pasta ‘n’ Sauce in the donations basket when we do our weekly shop.
One ponder led to another, and ‘why so many food banks?’ got me thinking about Hope Villages.
Since the first one, four years ago, they’ve popped up all over the country.
Sounds cosy, doesn’t it? Hope Village. Rosy-cheeked kiddies and lovingly tended gardens. A smiling vicar walking his dog, and pots of jam with gingham covers over the lids.
The reality is somewhat less appealing. The ‘Villages’ are estates of warehouse-like structures to house the homeless, with nary a jar of apple and blackberry preserves in sight.
Not so long ago, the less fortunate of our nation―of which there are said to be over two million―were part of the scenery in any town. You’d see them slumped in shop doorways, sitting blank-eyed on park benches, begging outside supermarkets and cafés.
Queueing outside the shelters.
There are two shelters near us: Horizon, and a Roof. Roof Charity has opened many, all over the country, in the past decade. I walk past and try not to stare at the bewildered faces of those who have only recently fallen this far and are trying their best to cling to ‘normality’, alongside the long-termers, their dead eyes staring at the ground.
Over the last four years, however, most of the homeless have been tidied away into Hope Villages.
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If this is author Terry Tyler’s 19th novel, then I have a serious back catalogue to read based on the brilliance of her latest book, Hope.
Set in the near future, in a post-Brexit UK, this story blurs the line between our current reality and fiction. What the author has created here is all too believable: such as the advancement and reliance on AI which leads to an increase in unemployment (except in social care!), not to mention social media posts that feed an eager and, dare I say “gullible” audience who thrive on the information that gives them hope for a similar lifestyle, even though what they see is carefully doctored fake news.
Lita Stone and her flatmates can see the changes in society, but feel cushioned by their lovely little flat and regular incomes. When her actions contradict those of the populist government lines, her work dries up. Her best friend loses her job because of a failure to fit into the new “much smaller” uniform, and constant fat-shaming #fittowork programs are no help. For a while Nick has to support them, until his own secret is discovered and all three of them are unable to pay their bills, and ultimately the rent for their cosy little home.
Sofa-surfing for a while keeps them under the radar, but eventually there is nothing for them than moving to Hope Village 37 in Northumberland. Lita’s “boyfriend” arranges this placement through his work, adamant it will only be a temporary solution. Unfortunately, Lita eavesdropped on a conversation he was having and jumped to conclusions that saw her move into Hope Village and then refuse all contact with him.
If only, Lita, if only you hadn’t overheard that conversation!
Life in Hope Village becomes their norm, but ever the sceptics Lita and Nick are suspicious of what is going on in there. And it seems getting out is nigh on impossible.
Without giving away any of the story, what follows is a perfect example of the underdog fighting the establishment trope. In true David and Goliath style, Lita has to speak up – her audience only ever expected honesty from her. This was not the time to be silent or bend the truth to suit the powers that be.
The ending is uncomfortably worrying but also thrilling and exciting. If it weren’t so near to the knuckle given the current trends we are all experiencing, then it wouldn’t be half as disturbing. Not only is this a great novel, but the author has timed its release to perfection – KUDOS!
Highly recommended to anyone who loves a dystopian story, and I really hope it remains a work of fiction and not a reality.
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.
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