The Golden State by Ben H. Winters #NetGalley #BookReview @PenguinRHUK


Author: Ben H. Winters

Genre: Dystopian Thriller

Format: Hardcover 336 pages

Release Date:  24 January 2019

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone 

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Welcome to Golden State, where the worst crime you can commit is to lie.

Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State’s special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final truth.

But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz’s world for ever.

Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back.

Golden State is an ambitious and frighteningly timely novel set in a world where everything is recorded and no one can be trusted. For anyone who loved The Handmaid’s Tale, The Power and Station Eleven.

My Thoughts

I absolutely love books set in what could be seen as the near-future and which take a topic that arguably maybe one day could actually become reality. The concepts that the author explores in this book, of constantly being watched and not being able to lie as everything is scrupulously recorded is not actually that far out there. 

If you think about the amount of CCTV in this country and the world over coupled with the fact that more and more people are choosing to publish so much information about themselves online and through social media, then really, is the author merely exploring one take on what things could become? 

I really liked Lazlo as a character, he’s a bit of a loner, doesn’t like working with other people, dark, moody and all the things that make for a good lead character. But what I really liked is that I went on a journey with Lazlo throughout the book. He started off one way and by the end I really felt like he had grown and morphed into this new person. He has background to him that is delivered to us as the readers slowly as you progress through the book. 

My only criticism is I would have liked to have learnt more about how things landed up the way they did, how did the ‘Golden State’ come to be? I feel like there is definitely scope for a follow-up book and I hope the author considers writing one as I feel this story could be explored further and I would like to read more about Lazlo and where he lands up. 

About the Author

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of Underground Airlines and the Last Policeman trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate. Ben lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA. 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. lel2403 says:

    Reblogged this on The Bookwormery and commented:
    I love a dystopian tale…thanks for the great review

    Liked by 1 person

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