So if we all knew the date that the apocalypse was going to happen, how would society react? Well I think The Last Policeman has done a Stirling job answering this question. Ben H Winters has managed to fill this books with characters who provide a fairly representative cross section of society, those who will commit suicide, those who will throw caution to the wind and live up those last days, the always in attendance conspiracy theorists, those who will murder, and importantly for this book, those who still want to do their job. Henry Palace is a detective, it’s all he wanted to be, and he’s going to keep doing his job right up to the end.
Post apocalyptic fiction is a genre I am extremely familiar with. My two joint place favourite books, The Stand and The Passage both belong to this genre. As a result I’m always on the lookout for new PA fiction. The Last Policeman has been on my to be read pile for quite a while, I can’t really say why it’s taken so long to get round to reading it.
First things first, although The Last Policeman would usually be classified as PA fiction, the book is set some months before the asteroid is going to hit Earth and end life as we know it. Rather, this book is a crime/thriller set in a panicked and unsettled pre-apocalyptic period. The author has done an astonishing jog in creating the atmosphere and tension in these pre-apocalyptic times of The Last Policeman, to the point where whilst reading it, I felt like I was part of those times, observing the decay of society and infrastructure. Ben H Winters has also created an immensely likable leading character in Henry Palace. I like the fact that he’s fallible, human. I can’t praise this book enough, it’s exceptionally well written and has an interesting plot twist. Definite 5 star read. The Last Policeman is part of a trilogy, and I’m off to pick up the second book now!
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****Disclaimer – I bought this book myself, with my own money ****