Countdown City by Ben H. Winters

Countdown City by Ben H. Winters (2013)

Series: The Last Policeman #2

316 pages

Goodreads Summary: There are just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

This is the sequel to The Last Policeman, a pre-apocalyptic mystery I thoroughly enjoyed and then couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.  I don’t think I enjoyed this as much as the first one simply because that one took me by surprise when I didn’t have high expectations for it.

I still really enjoyed this book and the character of Detective Hank Palace is what makes the story so interesting.  He’s got a new “case” he’s working on and the mystery isn’t even that exciting but for some reason I just really enjoyed reading about everything he did.  As I said in my review of The Last Policeman, the setting is so unique and interesting and it’s weirdly enjoyable to be a part of that world.

There’s also the sort of subplot which involves Hank’s sister who claims that there is a solution to the asteroid problem and the government is covering it up.  So I’m wondering if that will play a bigger part in the third book in the trilogy.

There’s not much more to say about this, just go and read The Last Policeman if you haven’t already and, if you love it, then of course you’ll want to read this one next.  I found it to be a great second book in the series.

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

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