Golden State

Golden State

A shocking vision of our future that is one part Minority Report and one part Chinatown. Lazlo Ratesic is 54, a 19-year veteran of the Speculative Service, from a family of law enforcement and in a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else. This is how Laz must, by law, introduce himself, lest he fail to disclose his true purpose or nature, and by d A shocking vision of our future that is one part Minority Report and one part Chinatown. Lazlo Ratesic is 54, a 19...

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Title:Golden State
Author:Ben H. Winters
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0316505412
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:319 pages pages

Golden State Reviews

  • Annet
    Jan 30, 2019
    What if the truth was built on lies? Absolutely loved this book and I do love this writer who writes dark and thought provoking dystopian novels. 4.6 so five stars. I read some of the criticism on details of the storyline, but h*ll, loved it from start to finish. Weird and out of this...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jan 09, 2019
    This thought-provoking dystopian thriller imagines a world in which lying is the ultimate crime. Laszlo Ratesic works as a Speculator, a law enforcement official whose purpose is to identify liars and bring them to justice. The worst punishment of all is being exiled from this socie...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Sep 29, 2018
    Golden State takes place in a futuristic society that values truth above all else. Both the title of the book and the locale bear the name Golden State, a nation that occupies portions of present-day California. Golden State is a closed place created when the spreading of lies became s...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Feb 17, 2019
    Golden State is a weird mind-f*ck of a novel, and that's what makes it so wonderful. In a society where adherence to the Objectively So is the primary goal, the crime of telling a lie can lead to lengthy imprisonment or even exile, a fate assumed to be equivalent to death. Law enforcem...
  • Bradley
    Nov 30, 2018
    I'm always a BIG fan of science fiction that girds its loins in the heaviest armor and strides boldly into the darkest, most complicated territories. The more ambitious the novel, the more props I am absolutely forced to give it. :) Of course, it has to also blow me away, but the core ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Nov 01, 2018
    Winters is making a career out of the speculative-murder-mystery, which is fine by me, as someone who loves both genres. The world of GOLDEN STATE is one of those dystopias that feels almost like the present, an alternate universe that is sometimes uncannily like the world we know, and...
  • Ramona
    Feb 28, 2019
    Wow. As I reading this my mind kept thinking - what rating will I give it! A solid 4 stars? A bit higher? Lower? Because as I was reading it my opinion kept bouncing around. I loved it. I hated it. It made me mad. It confused me, and then it sort of all made sense. I am long time f...
  • David Yoon
    Feb 28, 2019
    It's just such a delicious writerly challenge. You envision some future world - a seemingly benign surveillance state where everything is on video, where everyone records the facts of their days and lives entirely by truth. Where lies are punishable by law and enforced by Speculators t...
  • Andrew Smith
    Nov 27, 2018
    It?s not clear when it happened or what happened, but it was BIG. Now nobody talks about it, in fact everything before has been erased: there are no documents, there is no known history. This new world, in the same place as the old world, has rules that preclude lots of things and kn...
  • Tim
    Feb 18, 2019
    Well, this book was a rollercoaster ride in terms of what rating I thought I would give it. It started out a solid 4 stars, with a decent possibility of a 5 as I went along. We then came to one of the most annoying tropes that could have possibly been picked, and it went down to 3 star...
  • Emma
    Nov 17, 2018
    This was really good! I?d never heard of this author before but was granted an ARC of this book from Netgalley. It is a commentary on truth- is there such a thing as absolute truth? Can it be determined through a society where everything is documented and recorded? Does everyone live...
  • Lata
    Feb 10, 2019
    Imagine taking telling the truth so seriously that lying at personal, professional and governmental levels is policed by special Investigators, and being caught lying is punishable by prison, and for really serious offenses, by exile. That?s the situation at this story?s open. Inv...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 30, 2018
    I?m the BIGGEST fan of The Last Policeman trilogy so to say I was excited to read ?Golden State? would be a serious understatement. It didn?t disappoint- this is a hugely relevant speculative tale, but also a massively entertaining piece of fiction that had me banging through ...
  • Carolyn
    Jan 08, 2019
    The Golden State is a futuristic dystopian California where truth is all important and those who lie are jailed. Everyone is constantly under constant video surveillance and must keep a Day Book recording all their daily actions and conversations. People greet each other by reeling off...
  • Ace
    Jan 29, 2019
    4 stars Another great read by science fiction novelist Ben H. Winters. This had all the elements of a dystopian novel, fear and hope under new systems of belief and justice and the establishment of a new normal. With hints of 1984 and a touch of supernatural, main protagonist Lazlo ...
  • Doug
    Mar 03, 2019
    2.5, rounded up. I'm not quite sure why I didn't cotton to this more than I did - it should have been right up my alley, but I was left more or less ambivalent. It took me an absurdly long time to get into it (three days to get through the first 70 pages), but then it picked up, an...
  • Gabby
    Jan 28, 2019
    This was a strange book that progressively got more strange as I got closer to the end. This is a dystopian novel about a futuristic California where there are police who detect lies, and lying causes you to go to prison (or even worse, face execution.) I?m not a huge fan of dystopia...
  • Emma
    Nov 16, 2018
    This started out well enough but turned into a goddamn mess by the end. Mr Laszlo Ratesic is a Speculator tasked with searching out liars. It's something more than just an instinct, he can feel the sickening nature equivocations, half truths, avoidances, and outright fabrications a...
  • Robin
    Feb 16, 2019
    Can you handle the truth? I am asking you, Tom Cruise. This dystopian-speculative-noir beauty will draw you in, and bring to mind classics of its ilk: 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. This book is set in an unknown time, in the state formerly known as California. Something of great import ...
  • Bridget Jack Jeffries
    Jan 31, 2019
    I can?t even with the terribleness that was this book. This is what really bad 1984 / Fahrenheit 451 fan fiction looks like. This book was a hot mess, the Lindsay Lohan of sci-fi books. The Golden State is about a dystopian society, established somewhere in California, centered a...
  • Paromjit
    Dec 16, 2018
    Ben H. Winters writes a thrilling dystopian novel with a central mystery that puts the protagonist on a challenging road that questions everything he has ever believed in. Golden State is a future version of California, a state where truth and objectivity is everything and to veer from...
  • Sarah
    Mar 01, 2019
    I think it was better than a 3 Star read, but in all honesty not quite a 4 Star read. The more I think about it the more issues I find. The blurb says this is ?Minority Report meets Chinatown.? Never read either but I have seen Minority Report the movie. This is not Minority Rep...
  • Book of the Month
    Dec 30, 2018
    Why I love it by Liberty Hardy The future is no place for liars in this Orwellian thriller about surveillance and secrets. So when I got my hands on Golden State I was thrilled. A wildly imaginative tale of a future California where citizens are subject to constant scrutiny, and ly...
  • Katie Long
    Mar 07, 2019
    This was a great idea, especially since these days we spend a lot of time trying to ferret out the truth when we are given only self-serving fiction, but the execution fell a bit short for me. The pacing and plotting could certainly have used some tightening up, especially in the last ...
  • megs_bookrack
    Dec 28, 2018
    The BOTM picks are up!! This is not a drill. They are up and I chose this one. This speculative fiction definitely sounds up my alley. I have been craving stories like this lately. ...
  • Blake Crouch
    Dec 14, 2018
    Golden State is a prescient, devastating commentary on humanity's disintegrating attachment to reality and truth, expertly told through the prism of a police-procedural, dystopian nightmare. Winters has written a 1984 for the 21st century. Not just a thrilling book, but an important on...
  • Roman Clodia
    Dec 14, 2018
    There are some thought-provoking ideas on display here as Winters creates a world that is based on a dystopian California where to lie is outlawed and where the whole state apparatus is geared to creating, demonstrating and validating a single and allegedly provable and objective truth...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Feb 20, 2019
    This book gave me 1984 and The Giver vibes with its dystopian world. A world where truth is important and lying can get you exiled. An interesting premise but a shorter format would have worked better for me. ...
  • Matt
    Feb 02, 2019
    Sometimes a book sits with you to the point that you can?t stop thinking about it. Golden State won?t be for everyone, but it?s one of those books that leave the reader thinking. I like books that question reality and what reality means. In today?s world that?s more important...
  • Lark Benobi
    Feb 16, 2019
    Let it be known that I loved this novel. It kept making me happier and happier. Instead of the cranky nihilism I've come to expect from dystopian novels, this novel instead evolves into a lovely fatalism. I loved that love wins, if in an extreme sort of way. But what a pretzel of a...