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Tipping Point by Michelle Cook - Book Tour & Review

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Tipping Point

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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My Review
Tipping Point is a dystopian novel that tackles the subject matter of climate change. It's set 15 years into the future (2035), in England, and follows a young woman named Essie. Her entire family is gone, killed in a bombing. Now, two years later, she's just trying to survive. The weather is iffy. The government watches its people with drones. Things are not pretty. And Essie spends most of her time in chat rooms complaining about things, but not really doing anything about them. 
Enter Maya. May decides to introduce Essie to some other people she knows, such as Gabe and Lawrence. They have a plan to fight back against everything. Using the motto Change Here, the group starts putting up banners as a way to get their message of rebellion out there. Unfortunately, going against the government isn't easy. There's police brutality. Corruption. Lies. Secrets. Betrayals. No one is safe. And now Essie and her friends are on a mission to uncover the truth...before it's too late. 
This was a pretty decent book overall. I liked it, although at times it fell a little flat for me. It was a little slow in some spots, but I did find the last 30% or so to be intense and high-stakes. 
The plot is paced relatively well, and the world these characters live in feels believable, like it could actually become a reality sometime in the future. 
I can't say I really connected to any of the characters, although they were all well-written and felt like they were real people you might see on the news or something.
While the story wasn't 100% my cup of tea (I prefer dystopian that's a smidge more action packed), I thought it was a good read, and I'd recommend it to fans of the genre.
3.5 stars from me.


Author Bio – 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.


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