Published by Quirk Books on July 15, 2014
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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There are just 14 days until a deadly asteroid hits the planet, and America has fallen into chaos. Citizens have barricaded themselves inside basements, emergency shelters, and big-box retail stores. Cash is worthless; bottled water is valuable beyond measure. All over the world, everyone is bracing for the end.
But Detective Hank Palace still has one last case to solve. His beloved sister Nico was last seen in the company of suspicious radicals, armed with heavy artillery and a plan to save humanity. Hank's search for Nico takes him from Massachusetts to Ohio, from abandoned zoos and fast food restaurants to a deserted police station where he uncovers evidence of a brutal crime. With time running out, Hank follows the clues to a series of earth-shattering revelations.
The third novel in the Last Policeman trilogy, World of Trouble presents one final pre-apocalyptic mystery – and Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond whodunit: How far would you go to protect a loved one? And how would you choose to spend your last days on Earth?
World of Trouble is the third book in Ben H. Winters’s The Last Policeman trilogy. I read the first two books (The Last Policeman and Countdown City) back-to-back earlier this year and was surprised by how much I enjoyed them.
In this final installment, we’re down to the final days before the deadly asteroid strikes. Hank and his sister, Nico, weren’t on the best of terms when they last parted ways. Now Hank is frantically searching for Nico, hoping to apologize and make things right before the end.
This one started off a little slowly for me. It took me about fifty pages or so to get back into the storyline. I didn’t especially like the detours back in time; the action and urgency made me want everything to move forward. Other than that, this was an exciting page-turner to the end.
Just as in the first two books, this conclusion to the trilogy addressed moral and ethical questions that arise when people know there’s no longer any hope. The previous books addressed these issues with a bit more finesse, but it’s still a major theme here. When I started World of Trouble, I couldn’t imagine a convincing ending that I’d be okay with, but Winters surprised me once again. (Don’t try to interpret that: It’s not a spoiler.)