Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com
Cathy chose to read and review The Turning Of The World by John Privilege
Sally and Bobby have just moved into their dream house on the outskirts of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Meeting Sally had changed Bobby’s life completely, bringing him from his native Canada across the world to somewhere that had not even been on his radar. He is looking forward to his new job as a lecturer in engineering and he and Sally are socializing and getting to know their new neighbours. Then reports begin to filter through on the radio and TV. The outbreak of a new strain of flu in the far east.
As the summer progresses the reports become more frequent and increasingly urgent, all downplayed to the point of deliberate untruths, by the government. It turns out the Quang-Tri flu is deadly and spreads like wildfire. If the disease is caught, it kills, there is no cure. The frightening part is the infection can be passed on even before an individual is aware they’re sick. It only takes one person unknowingly mingling in a crowd to spread the disease to thousands, which then multiplies even more…
The very realistic and gritty storyline is vividly described in chilling detail. The fallout after a catastrophe of such immense proportions is horrendous. As the survivors attempt to find loved ones, a place of safety and to just stay alive from one day to the next, their ever-changing situations and feelings are illustrated extremely well. Their world is falling apart and, living in constant fear and with the lack of everything they took for granted, the situation brings out the absolute worst, and occasionally the best, in people. There are those who will go to any lengths, and do whatever it takes to survive.
It’s a grim scenario with looted and burnt out houses everywhere, stripped of anything and everything, and people killing each other indiscriminately. Trouble in one form or another, could and often does, happen at any given moment, painting a stark picture of an apocalyptic world where nothing is as it was. There are some lighter moments and a small number of people who manage to mostly hold fast to their values and principles as much as they can under the circumstances. All in all, a really good and very thought-provoking read. John Privilege is definitely an author to watch.