The cover of Tipping Point by Michelle Cook

Tipping Point is Michelle Cook’s thrilling debut novel, a gripping dystopian fiction centered around Climate Change.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a free Advanced Review Copy of Tipping Point in return for an honest review.

Tipping Point is a dystopian fiction set in 2034 England. The main character, Essie, lost her family two years ago in a terrorist attack. Now 18, she is working as a waitress in a greasy café and self-medicating with alcohol to cope with her loss. Climate change is impacting everyone, with more extreme weather and temperatures. Drones monitor people’s behaviour and protests are illegal. In the midst of this, Essie and her best friend Maya get caught up in a new revolutionary group to protest against the government’s restrictions.

Tipping Point is available to buy on Amazon in eBook and paperback, and you can read for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

My review

Tipping Point is a gripping dystopian thriller and a stunning debut novel by Michelle Cook! It is well-written, fast-paced and has a fantastic cast of characters — both heroes and villains.

The England of Tipping Point is full of despair and sadness. It feels frighteningly accurate to see the hatred towards immigrants, and the stories of families ripped apart feels all too close to home. Climate Change has caused the weather to become more extreme, with Essie complaining a lot about how hot it is. (I read the book while sat in a conservatory on a summer’s day, so the complaints about the stuffy, hot weather felt especially relevant!)

While the focus of Tipping Point is revolution, climate change and politics, it feels like more of a character-driven story. It’s told from Essie’s point of view. She’s a great character who was very relatable and very likeable. The descriptions of her grief for her family were especially moving. She remembers her sister at times throughout the story — I could really relate to her stories about how she and her sister would try and ‘blackmail’ the other when they got in trouble!

I also really liked reading about Essie’s relationship with her best friend, Maya. It felt really well-written and captured a close female friendship really well! I was also impressed that we were also able to relate to some of the ‘bad guys’ later on, and that they were human and well-rounded, with reasons behind their actions.

There is a fantastic mix of world-building and fast-paced story. I was kept hooked to the story throughout, and was rooting for Essie. It really made me think about what I would do in her situation — would I sell out my friends to the authorities if it meant I could live?

The events of Tipping Point felt very relatable and relevant to our times. It’s an exciting story with lots of action that kept me interested throughout, with well-written characters who feel like people you might meet. It’s an amazing debut novel and I am looking forward to reading more from Michelle!

The blurb for 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?

Michelle Cook, the author of Tipping PointAbout the author, Michelle Cook

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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Tipping Point is available to buy on Amazon in eBook and paperback, and you can read for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.