Monday, 5 June 2017

The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H Winters

The main theme running through these books is that a previously unseen asteroid is going to hit Earth and completely destroy all life. Many people have decided to throw in their old lives and go and complete their bucket list before time runs out. As we know this from the beginning, this motivates or alternatively doesn’t motivate all the characters that we come across.

There is a timetable, a certain number of days till the end of the world So what do you do?  How do you resolve your issues with your siblings, partner, workmates etc.? Why should you go to work? Money is becoming meaningless. Law and order is breaking down so what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t be held accountable?

The Last Policeman is the first book in the trilogy and finds Hank Palace, who has just been made a detective, on site of a suicide. Many people are killing themselves as the end draws near, but this just doesn’t feel right. His fellow officers are uninterested so what should he do?

Hank has a rather strained relationship with his sister Nico for whom he is over protective, as their parents died when they were very young. She however is a wild child and has always done everything her own way. She believes in some scheme that will save the world. Can the world be saved?

This is Hank and Nico’s story, at the end of the world. Recommended.

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