Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
I was very happy to get a copy of this early. The story has gotten very, very interesting through the trilogy, and getting my hands on it at this point is simply a delight. The whole thing is more than unusual for any kind of SF or Thriller, and I just have to applaud.
Couriers are always a big part of this trilogy, but more than that, it's the mystery and the myth of these men and women who refuse to be bound by borders that makes this spycraft novel into something a bit more than drug-running or refugee-spiriting across arbitrary jurisdictions of Europe.
If that wasn't enough, it's even better because it's a near-future hard-SF tale following not only plagues and exploded bombs and a fantastically interesting rail system into ... elsewhere. And more, because it's a heavily-stressed commentary on expediency, the absurdity of borders, and power, as well.
The SF portions really popped out of the woodwork in the previous novel with an awesome reveal, and in this one, it is now a done deal that the whole world is aware of. We also get a lot more of Rudi this time, learning a lot more about his place in the world, how his actions have changed the world and the Couriers and the real meaning of all that money.
Everything ties up very nicely, indeed. I'm very impressed. :) I admit that I was worried at certain places within the previous novels, but making it here and finishing it is very rewarding and very interesting, indeed. :)
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