Wednesday, September 3, 2014

World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters- Review

From Goodreads:
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.


Yes. World of Trouble was absolutely as depressing as it sounds. Oh it was great, the usual mix of mystery, intrigue and who-done-it hoe-down with Hank Palace, but it was definitely the downer in this trilogy.

Clearly Hank has a higher calling to save people and solve mysteries.  I mean, at the end of book the second he had the perfect set up, he even had coffee. And I get why he had to go and try to save his sister, or at the very least, find her. But watching him and Houdini spend their last days on earth in such a dismal way, was hard to read. I mean, I'd grown attached to this difficult duo. So for that, it was not my favourite; however, I can logically see how this was a smart book that would appeal to a lot of literary types as well as the dystopic set and the noir detective guru's. Plus, I don't want this to sound like I didn't enjoy the series, or that it won't have a place on my bookshelf or regularly be recommended for reading. I did, it does and I will. As far a cataclysmic endings go, this was even a good one, but you see, Winters had me hoping, this teeny, tiny little hope, that there really was a plot to avert the asteroid and that Nico would see it through. He sold me on it, so when it didn't pan out I was crushingly disappointed, and it seemed all the ugliness Hank had to wade through wasn't worth it in the end.

And of course, by now we all know how well I cope with the sad pet fallout in stories. Watching Houdini cough and limp and get sick at the end was when I really got furious with all Hank's wasted time and efforts. I appreciate that Hank realized the error of his ways and his compulsive disposition at the end but still, Houdini was the nail in the coffin.

I know, I am so very predictable, it's true! I can't even deny it. But I still liked this series. I really, truly did.

World of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters
Published by Quirk Books, July 15th, 2014
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
Buy World of Trouble on Amazon

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