Golden State by Ben H Winters @randomhouse #GoldenState #NetGalley #BlogReview #Dystopian #AlternativeHistory

Golden State by [Winters, Ben H.]


‘A prescient, devastating commentary on humanity’s disintegrating attachment to reality and truth… Winters has written a 1984 for the 21st century. Not just a thrilling book, but an important one’
Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and TV series Wayward Pines

‘A dystopia for our times’ Financial Times

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.

‘Pacy and compelling’ SFX

Golden State is fascinating, cutting and ultimately inspiring’ SciFiNow


Golden State


This novel really gave me the shudders because it seemed that it could all become too real. Don’t get me wrong I aren’t a compulsive liar just think that everyone at times twists the truth, mostly not to hurt someone’s feelings but imagine if not telling the truth was a serious crime. The thought of having to keep a diary that has to be confirmed by other people who were with me just tells me how extreme the law is. Big brother is definitely watching.

You would think that as no-one tells lies that a police force wouldn’t be needed but unfortunately the human race haven’t grown that much. The story centres round Laz, a law enforcement officer with a real talent of sensing when someone is telling a lie. When a guy plummets off a building the case shatters all he has believed in.

This is a crazy story that just played with my mind in so many ways. Set in the Golden State, formerly California the time is now and there isn’t a past, everything before has gone so no-one knows why this all came about. Laz is still mourning the death of his brother, a man who had the same talent as he has, that was also an Officer like him. Laz is set on a course that could destroy him if he is so determined to find the real truth. A brilliant character.

You could say that this story has been done over and over in the past but really give this a read. Somethings don’t ever change, power, money and greed mean more than life, especially if it is someone else’s. It is shockingly good.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


Ben H. Winters is the author of nine novels, including most recently the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines. His novel Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction, and The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Booksof 2012 by and Slate.

Ben also writes books for children and his journalism has appeared in The Chicago Reader, The Nation, In These Times, USA Today and Huffington Post. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and their three children.


Golden State by [Winters, Ben H.]


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