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.)