Book Review: World of Trouble

Posted July 6, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 5 Comments

Book Review: World of TroubleWorld of Trouble by Ben H. Winters
Series: The Last Policeman #3
Published by Quirk Books on July 15th, 2014
Genres: adult, mystery-thriller
Pages: 316
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars

Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series. With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank’s safety is only relative, and his only relative—his sister Nico—isn’t safe. Soon, it’s clear that there’s more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it’s up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone.

Oh wow. So, a couple weeks ago I reviewed Countdown City on this blog. That book was sort of disappointing. It was still good enough and I loved the writing, but I didn’t feel like the quality was up to par, considering how much I loved the first book in this trilogy. But this book. WHOA. I loved every second of World of Trouble. I don’t love the title, but I love the contents of the book.

My favorite part of this series is, as always, the writing. I love the tone, the humor, the imagery, and most of all, Hank Palace’s voice. I am seriously going to miss him and his way of handling the world as it comes crashing down around him. I will miss the world-building (it was fantastic), and I will miss the poetic way that Ben H. Winters puts words down on paper. The imagery in this series is seriously superb. I will write anything this author writes.

You know, I wasn’t sure I should read this series. When it was pitched to me, my gut told me no. I have never been so glad that my guy was wrong. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s, at times, scary, but it is never boring. The last hundred pages of this book were so suspenseful I chewed some of my nails off. Gross habit, I know. But there were some awesome scenes. I could see this book as a movie. It starts out subtly and just gets increasingly more nerve-wracking and agonizing.

The plot in this one is brilliant. But where The Last Policeman was brilliant for its simplicity, this one is brilliant because of the details. And unfortunately, I really cannot talk about the plot without spoiling things that happen in the other two books. So you are just going to have to trust me on this. I suspect that this book’s blurb is so vague because of the same reason.

I highly recommend this trilogy. Though there is a bit of a slump with the second book, overall it’s SUCH a great experience. I am glad I read it, I’ll hang on to it, and it’s one of the series I will probably reread someday.

kara

5 responses to “Book Review: World of Trouble

  1. Can’t WAIT to read this book.

    I’ve heard from others that they didn’t like the second one as much.

    I felt the second one was different than the first, but I still loved it. The Last Policeman was very much a detective noir, while I enjoyed reading more about the disintegration of society in Countdown City.

    What I’m super excited about is finding out what happens in World of Trouble. A couple of us were discussing the impending apocalypse on the blog.

    Just a little jealous that I wasn’t the assigned reviewer, so Taylor was the first to read it.
    … On a side note, he also liked the first book better…
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