I am joining the blog tour for the dystopian eco-thriller, Tipping Point, by Michelle Cook today. Many thanks to Michelle and Darkstroke Books for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.
A tale of loss, manipulation, and the search for the truth
What would you risk to turn back the tide?
Essie Glass might have been a typical eighteen-year-old – had life not dealt her an early blow.
Struggling to come to terms with the loss of her family in a terrorist attack, and left with nothing, Essie’s not kidding herself about her world. She wants change, and she’ll be honest about it, whatever the cost. From behind her keyboard, that is…
After all, this is England, 2035. Earth’s climate continues its accelerating collapse. A powerful elite controls the disaster-weary population with propaganda, intimidation, and constant surveillance.
By all appearances, Alex Langford is a respected local businessman – until Essie discovers that he’s a murderous conspirator who’d see the planet die for his fortune.
When their paths collide, Essie must decide: how much is she really willing to pay for her honesty?
Her choices, and the events she sets in motion, pit her against both enemies and supposed friends as she risks more than just her life to thwart them.
Will she succeed in revealing the truth? And will she survive?
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Although I have read my fair share of dystopian fiction, this is my very first eco-thriller, and I must admit I wasn’t too sure what to expect. In Tipping Point, Michelle Cook presents us with a very near future (2035, to be exact) version of England that feels completely alien to the England we live in today, but at the same time scarily possible. It is an England ravaged by climate change, with a population living under extreme restrictions on their lives, imposed by a government that seems more than a little corrupt. It serves as a stark warning of a future that is all too real if our general disregard for the planet goes on unchecked. Dystopian fiction always makes you stop and think, but Tipping Point really got under my skin, in much the same way that Rachel Churcher’s Battle Ground series did just recently, and I think this is because both are set in a world that is still so recognisably ours.
I can honestly say that I don’t know how Essie maintained her sanity over the course of this book. If I had to deal with everything she did by the time I was 19, I would have been a complete mess. And yes, she has her issues, but under all it what we have is a young woman who in spite of everything remains strong, and passionate, and committed to her beliefs.
Tipping Point is a whirlwind of a book, twisting and turning the reader in every direction, never knowing who can be trusted, or who might suddenly be taken away in one form or another. This makes for intense reading and an unforgettable book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle lives in Worcestershire, UK, with her husband Daniel, their two young children, and a cat called Lyra Belacqua. By day, she works for the NHS, a job which she has almost as much passion for as fiction.
Her first joyful steps into creative writing were at the age of ten, when the teacher read out her short story in class. A slapstick tale of two talking kangaroos breaking out of a zoo, the work was sadly lost to history. Still, Michelle never forgot the buzz of others enjoying her words.
More recently, she has had several flash pieces published, was long-listed for the Cambridge 2020 prize for flash fiction, and placed first in the February 2020 Writers’ Forum competition with her short story The Truth About Cherry House. Tipping Point is her debut novel.
Make sure you pay a visit to the other blogs joining the tour for this thought-provoking book.