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Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astoni Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.


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Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astoni Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity.

30 review for The Last Town

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”What else could I have possibly done for you people? I gave you food. I gave you shelter. I gave you purpose. I protected you from the knowledge you couldn’t handle. From the harsh truth of the world that exists beyond the fence. And each of you had to do one thing. One! Goddamn! Thing!” He shrieked the words. “Obey me.” David Pilcher is suffering from a god complex. Not as difficult to understand as it has been for other figures throughout history, especially since humanity only exists at thi ”What else could I have possibly done for you people? I gave you food. I gave you shelter. I gave you purpose. I protected you from the knowledge you couldn’t handle. From the harsh truth of the world that exists beyond the fence. And each of you had to do one thing. One! Goddamn! Thing!” He shrieked the words. “Obey me.” David Pilcher is suffering from a god complex. Not as difficult to understand as it has been for other figures throughout history, especially since humanity only exists at this point in time because he made it so. The question is, was it meant to be saved? The people are nestled in their Eden, a place called Wayward Pines. Pilcher has eliminated all the distractions that kept people from interacting face to face, such as the internet, iPads, iPhones, that allowed people to become mired in social media instead of having actual relationships with people. He was trying to recreate a 1950s sensibility. The thing of it is, no matter what you do, it is impossible to make people happy. Humanity isn’t designed to allow itself to be contented, sooner or later someone is going to come along who wants free will and will do whatever it takes to get it. That man is Ethan Burke. He offers the apple, and they eat it. He rips the gossamer from around their eyes and lets them see and experience the full horror of what has happened to their world. Mind blowing. Pilcher is beyond furious, but then he has a good role model from the God depicted in the Bible. He throws the biggest tantrum since that other God flooded the Earth. He, too, can destroy what he created. If they disobey, then they must pay the price. He knows from experience that people can’t necessarily handle the truth. ”Your fatal flaw, Ethan, is that you’re under the mistaken impression that people are like you. That they have the courage, your fearlessness, your will. You and I are exceptions, cut from the same cloth. Even my people in the mountain struggle with the fear. But not you and me. We know the truth. We aren’t afraid to look it in the eye. Only difference being, I’m aware of this fact, and it’s something you’re going to learn slowly and painfully and at great cost of human life. But you’ll remember this conversation one day, Ethan. You’ll understand why I did the things I did.” He shuts down the electric fence. He lets the aberrations in. ”None of them were larger than he was, but their muscle tone was extraordinary. They looked--- Like humanity wrapped in the trappings of a monster. Equipped with talons, instead of fingers, teeth designed for cutting and tearing, they brandished arms that seemed too long in proportion to the rest of their body. Longer even than their legs. He said under his breath, like a prayer, ‘What the hell are you?’ Fear suddenly wore him like a glove.” I must admit that season one of Wayward Pines was must see TV every week. The first season covers all three books. There are variations between the books and the show, but not really that many. Blake Crouch was heavily involved with the making of the TV series. Season Two is starting up in May of 2016 and will be based on new material not covered in the books. I was content for them to stop with just one season, but I have to admit I’m curious to see where they intend to go with the concept. The real tension and psychological discomfort was much higher in the first two books. This book is more of one long chase scene, still compelling, but all the rabbits have been pulled out of the hat in the earlier two books. Burke becomes Moses, and the responsibility weighs heavily on him. ”There was no coming to terms with the fact that he was a member of a species on the verge of extinction. It filled every moment with meaning. It filled every moment with horror.” If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." Albert Einstein said that. We should all savor this moment. And that's exactly what this series is like. You don't want to go into them knowing much but after you read them you want to talk about them..but you can't. Don't spoil them for people. Let them experience the WTFery all on their own. Nothing that could be explained or described, because you didn't just hear it. You felt it's meaning. And it's meaning was this: Hell is comi "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." Albert Einstein said that. We should all savor this moment. And that's exactly what this series is like. You don't want to go into them knowing much but after you read them you want to talk about them..but you can't. Don't spoil them for people. Let them experience the WTFery all on their own. Nothing that could be explained or described, because you didn't just hear it. You felt it's meaning. And it's meaning was this: Hell is coming. This series is not great literature, and it really does not try to be. It is very entertaining and well worth the time to read. These books are inventive and new and don't follow the everyday tropes that so many books fall into. You'll be asking yourself questions and shaking your head as you try and figure out how this evil genius named Blake Crouch is twisting you this way. I still haven't watched the show based on these books but as I was reading these I saw more of Ethan Burke's character in this guy... Than I would have imagined could be portrayed by this one.... "Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to." "Why?" "Because they're the right things." Crouch wraps up this trilogy very well but you still deep down want more. That's a good thing. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review. ETA: Friend spotlight: I'm sick of the popularity contests here on GR that force people to "bump up" their reviews so that they get more likes. So I'm going to start spotlighting some of my friends reviews that should get attention. For this book check out Dan 2.0's review. 2.0 is an ornery reader and when he gives a review 3 stars that means it's actually a good book. He reads books that I love and gives them one stars just to tick me off. I somewhat like him anyways. Go show him some love!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I can't review this without making a parallel with the TV Show. This book took 2 months to arrive and I had to finish the show... Which is nowhere near as good as the books. The ending was much better than expected! I do think 3 books was a bit of stretch but I would recommend the series anyway!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    At the start of Pines, the first book in this trilogy by Blake Crouch, we meet Ethan Blake, FBI agent and our genial, tough cookie hero. Ethan wakes up, painfully, after a road accident in the town of Wayward Pines, a wholesome, picture postcard cliche of small town America. But ……… Everything is as far away from what it seems as is humanly possible! The three books unravel a wonderfully unbelievable storyline that involves a big concept with a dose of horror, sci fi, futurist science and a crowd At the start of Pines, the first book in this trilogy by Blake Crouch, we meet Ethan Blake, FBI agent and our genial, tough cookie hero. Ethan wakes up, painfully, after a road accident in the town of Wayward Pines, a wholesome, picture postcard cliche of small town America. But ……… Everything is as far away from what it seems as is humanly possible! The three books unravel a wonderfully unbelievable storyline that involves a big concept with a dose of horror, sci fi, futurist science and a crowd of characters that are written well enough for you to care about their fates. Think Twin Peaks, but with some answers. The final part of this imaginative yarn is action packed, violent and a lot of fun. All loose ends are tied up and the climax is satisfyingly tense. I gave up trying to work out whether all motivations and actions were on the right side of the ethical line ……. its best to just go with the flow. As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of Blake Crouch. The Last Town is light, exciting and imaginative - in my eyes, the perfect read for the beach (if we’re lucky enough to see a beach any time soon!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    Well, I enjoyed the hell out of this trilogy! WARNING: This review will contain spoilers of the first two books in the WAYWARD PINES trilogy - read PINES and WAYWARD first. So, we find ourselves nearly two thousand years in the future, in the last town on earth. Book two ended with a cliffhanger - the electricity to the fence was cut and the gate opened, with a swarm of abbies fast approaching town. You only know there will be carnage and you don't know if anybody will actually survive. Well, the on Well, I enjoyed the hell out of this trilogy! WARNING: This review will contain spoilers of the first two books in the WAYWARD PINES trilogy - read PINES and WAYWARD first. So, we find ourselves nearly two thousand years in the future, in the last town on earth. Book two ended with a cliffhanger - the electricity to the fence was cut and the gate opened, with a swarm of abbies fast approaching town. You only know there will be carnage and you don't know if anybody will actually survive. Well, the only way I can review book number three without giving anything away, is to say that all the issues will be resolved. Not necessarily the way you either want or expect it, or that you are even aware of all the issues ahead, but it will conclude. And, in my opinion, the ending was absolutely perfect for this story. Now, the one thing Crouch did not discuss in any of the books, is exactly what happened to the human race in the 2000 years to make them evolve into the abbies. Well, here's my theory: Due to the stubborn denial of some world leaders of Global Warming (we are not allowed to confuse them with the facts), a deal will be made that will make one country in particular a great deal of money. However, it will also deplete some resources completely in only decades, which will mean that some things will disappear from this world. As luck would have it (bad luck, that is), one of the first things that will go will be shampoo. And, due to the evolution of all species and the contamination of the earth, new species of insects will come forth. The most dangerous of these will be a new, lethal head-lice. The things that will make them so dangerous will be their ability to actually drain blood from the brain - in small amounts, but over a period of time the effects will be felt. Yes, people will become stupider than ever. This, of course, will lead to the growing popularity of the television show KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS. In their 54th season, it will not be clear which of these women are actually still alive, and rumors will run wild that most of them have been replaced by wax dolls. And then, toward the end of summer, one of the sisters (I can't disclose exactly which one, but I will give you a clue: Her name starts with a "K".) will be watching a YouTube video of the 8th comeback of Taylor Swift - who will, unrelated to this, be singing about her latest break-up with some 20 year old boy toy that hasn't even been born yet. During the video, a glitch in the system will make her sing backwards - and, surprisingly enough, it will sound a lot like Rihanna's music in the late 2010's - and the words will sound something like: Eee-wahha-oooaaajjjj-trrrriiiiiiiighghghghgh-blod. And, as with teenagers these days, those words will be remixed into a hit song, which will top the chart for six weeks - a record in the age of short attention spans. This, in turn, will call up the demon Folligmentia, who will curse the earth and all humans who woke him from his evil slumber. The punishment on the human race will be the loss of all hair. That will explain why people will get smarter, realize television is the root of all evil, throw all of them into the ocean, which will lead to the mother of all electrocutions, killing all forms of fish (which was never mentioned in any of the books, by the way, I'm not just making this shit up!) and knocking out any and all forms of electricity. Then the people will have to learn to fend for themselves, it will be utter chaos, the nervous energy created by all living things will lead to an increased level of farting, which will completely destroy the ozone layer. The North and South Pole will heat up, the ice will melt and it will bring the next Ice Age - they actually got it right in the movie THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. And the rest, my friends, will be ancient history...or ancient future...? Anyhoot - I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    When Ethan Burke reveals the truth about Wayward Pines, the ensuing chaos is nothing compared to the hell unleashed when David Pilcher throws open the gates... I got this from Netgalley. The Wayward Pines trilogy draws to a close with The Last Town. How does it stack up? Well, while the books all feature the same characters and share the same setting, they aren't really the same type of books. Pines is a paranoid tale of a man trying to unravel the truth. Wayward is a tale of a man struggling with When Ethan Burke reveals the truth about Wayward Pines, the ensuing chaos is nothing compared to the hell unleashed when David Pilcher throws open the gates... I got this from Netgalley. The Wayward Pines trilogy draws to a close with The Last Town. How does it stack up? Well, while the books all feature the same characters and share the same setting, they aren't really the same type of books. Pines is a paranoid tale of a man trying to unravel the truth. Wayward is a tale of a man struggling with that truth. And The Last Town is more survival horror than anything else. The pace is pretty frantic with aberrations swarming the town. Throw in the monkey wrench that is Hassler and it's off to the races. Lots of people die and Wayward Pines is left with an uncertain future. As with the previous book, much of my dislike of this book has to do with Pines setting the bar way too high. It's a pretty suspenseful tale but doesn't stack up to it's progenitor very well, mostly because, again, Pines set the bar too high. The Last Town, while not my favorite of the series, wrapped up the tale of Wayward Pines in a very satisfactory way. Three out of five stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    3.33 stars. (Yeah, I’m a little torn about this one.) Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Blake Crouch wraps up the WAYWARD PINES trilogy here in The Last Town. If you haven’t read the prior two books, Pines and Wayward, be warned that here there be spoilers, as well as monsters and a bloodbath. David Pilcher was a visionary man, convinced that the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho would be a new Eden, a place where people could start over again. The sign outside of town even proclaims “WE 3.33 stars. (Yeah, I’m a little torn about this one.) Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Blake Crouch wraps up the WAYWARD PINES trilogy here in The Last Town. If you haven’t read the prior two books, Pines and Wayward, be warned that here there be spoilers, as well as monsters and a bloodbath. David Pilcher was a visionary man, convinced that the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho would be a new Eden, a place where people could start over again. The sign outside of town even proclaims “WELCOME TO WAYWARD PINES — WHERE PARADISE IS HOME”! Though Pilcher was right in many ways, life there was far more difficult and dangerous than he foresaw. Between that and Pilcher’s mania for control, Wayward Pines has been more of a prison for its inhabitants, with terrible secrets that Pilcher and his crew are determined to keep from the townspeople, though it’s for their own good, he assures the new sheriff, Ethan Burke. Pilcher’s mania for control and blind obedience have turned him from a visionary to a would-be god. When Ethan rebelled and broke the huge secret to the entire town at the end of Wayward, Pilcher flew into a rage and remotely opened the gates of the high, electrified fence that surrounds the town. Now the intelligent, deadly creatures — called aberrations or “abbies” — that live outside of the town have invaded en masse, slaughtering as many people as they can. Do you remember those nightmares you used to have when you were a kid, where monsters were chasing you and you couldn’t get away (probably frozen in fear) and they just kept coming and coming? The Last Town is kind of like that. The prior books in the WAYWARD PINES series had a distinct element of horror along with the mystery and science fiction, but The Last Town ratchets up the horror element several notches. Most of the book is a series of nightmarish scenes, with hideous abbies chasing — and eating — the people living in Wayward Pines. The aftermath is interesting, but you have to wade through copious amounts of gore to get there. And it’s not just the abbies spreading death and destruction; Pilcher may be a megalomaniac with a God complex, but the balance of power is still with him and his loyal followers. The Last Town ends with another twist. Conceptually I thought the final twist was a great idea, but it required a little too much suspension of disbelief (specifically, relating to the timeline and available technology) to really work for me. Rather like this whole WAYWARD PINES series, in fact. It’s an imaginative wild ride with some fascinating twists and turns, but several of the details and key plot points don’t make much sense on closer examination.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Hell is coming to you . . .” The Wayward Pines series has been brought to you by . . . If you haven’t yet started these books, DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR THIS ONE. All of the fun is in the not knowing and I think it’s stupid that just because it’s Book #3 the publishers/blurbists/whoever makes these choices decide to spoil their own shit. That being said, I ain’t gonna spoil nada. Here’s what I’ll tell you about The Last Town Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Hell is coming to you . . .” The Wayward Pines series has been brought to you by . . . If you haven’t yet started these books, DO NOT READ THE SYNOPSIS FOR THIS ONE. All of the fun is in the not knowing and I think it’s stupid that just because it’s Book #3 the publishers/blurbists/whoever makes these choices decide to spoil their own shit. That being said, I ain’t gonna spoil nada. Here’s what I’ll tell you about The Last Town. This is the “action” book. You know what I mean, right? You’ve made it through the backstory – some questions have been answered – some more questions have come up. Now it’s time to poop or get off the pot and take a stand. That means there is a lot of fighting . . . . Okay, maybe that’s just the way I picture it. It’s probably something more like this . . . or this . . . There were also times when fighting wasn’t an option. Those moments require mass use of the patented Tom Cruise Run . . . . Guaranteed to get everyone out of almost every sticky situation . . . Well, nearly everyone . . . Then STUFF happened. Some of which made me go . . . Leading to the ending. That f-ing ending . . . . You’re either going to love or hate the ending. I’m giving this one 3.5 Stars (but rounding up) for that ending. All in all, though? This was the first series I’ve actually been interested in reading nearly back-to-back-to-back in forever. It kept me turning pages at a frantic pace, kept me on my toes, and kept me guessing up to the very end. Highly recommend. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kortessa Giachanatzi

    Just finished the last book of the series!!! God!!!! This can't be the end! I loved this series so much! There must be more of it!! We must learn what happens next! I liked everything about the last book of the Pines series. First of all the way of narration which wad very different than the other two books. Againn there is the third person narration, but it is given through the viewpoints of many different people. Also there are some allusions to the past which helps us understand some things Just finished the last book of the series!!! God!!!! This can't be the end! I loved this series so much! There must be more of it!! We must learn what happens next! I liked everything about the last book of the Pines series. First of all the way of narration which wad very different than the other two books. Againn there is the third person narration, but it is given through the viewpoints of many different people. Also there are some allusions to the past which helps us understand some things better. Next, we go to the action. Full of it from beginning to end! This action enhanced my feelings while reading! As for the characters I find that theŗe is a developement and a deeper understanding of their actions which makes a perfect novel. Finally, I should mention the messages the author wants to convey! The future of humamity, the hope, the affect our behaviour has on others and ultimately if the free will is something that divides or unites us! These and many more. I just wanted more for the ending... Again questions were anwered, and others were raised. But this is how Mr. Crouch makes us thinking about this great series the whole time. Maybe we are the ones that will figure out the ending. Weather this will be a happy one or not. WELL DONE MR. CROUCH!!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    "Two thousand years in the future, and the world has gone to hell." Wayward Pines isn't protected, the abbies are coming in to take the town. Will Ethan and his friends make it? What about evil mastermind David Pilcher? Is there any living in the contaminated world outside possible? The third part of the trilogy again is quite impressive and comes with a lot of action. For my liking a bit too much hide, seek, kill and time jumps but nevertheless a very intriguing book. Starting with vol. 1 you w "Two thousand years in the future, and the world has gone to hell." Wayward Pines isn't protected, the abbies are coming in to take the town. Will Ethan and his friends make it? What about evil mastermind David Pilcher? Is there any living in the contaminated world outside possible? The third part of the trilogy again is quite impressive and comes with a lot of action. For my liking a bit too much hide, seek, kill and time jumps but nevertheless a very intriguing book. Starting with vol. 1 you want to know how this strange tale ends. Definitely worth reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    ► How many series made you want to read each book back to back? How often are you willing to accept the flaws as they are and still treasure the story you read? In my reading experience, it's a rarity. WARNING : I won't spoil the series for you, but DO NOT read the blurb of this third book, otherwise you'd find unsolicited information. You don't want to do that, trust me. ① When you read a book, you need a ending that : A. wraps everything up B. lets some loose ends C. I don't know, I don't ca ► How many series made you want to read each book back to back? How often are you willing to accept the flaws as they are and still treasure the story you read? In my reading experience, it's a rarity. WARNING : I won't spoil the series for you, but DO NOT read the blurb of this third book, otherwise you'd find unsolicited information. You don't want to do that, trust me. ① When you read a book, you need a ending that : A. wraps everything up B. lets some loose ends C. I don't know, I don't care this is crazy!!! Love it love it LOVE IT! [embracing the madness] ② Do you need to understand all the characters' intention? A. of course yes B. I don't understand the question : you mean that they must act coherently at any time? Why? C. no I don't give a damn ③ As for the pacing, you expect: A. a fast-paced, action-packed page-turner where pausing to breathe is - really - overrated B. a slow and insightful story with many descriptions of stuff as clothes, food, furniture... ④ You love your main characters : A. fundamentally good, I can't deal with unlikeable characters B. [insert evil laugh] what was the question? C. Realistic characters as in : neither fully bad nor good but complex ⑤ Among these possible sources of annoyance, which one is a lesser evil in your opinion? A. to be frozen to death by boredom B. to wander clueless and accept to suspend your disbelief sometimes C. to predict every one of the outcomes ⑥ What would you say about your favorite characters? A. They smirk and stare and glare. But they're so fucking HAWT. B. They're so wise and clever that you could quote them as a rule of life. Actually, you do. C. They fuck up. They make mistakes. They doubt. They fear. They live. Now, a subsidiary question : ► After reading this book, you thought that something was useless and annoying. What was it? A. the love-triangle B. the love-triangle C. the love-triangle (Don't worry though, it doesn't last long at all and makes sense) Ps. Many reviews explained perfectly why this series is filled with plot holes and inaccuracies and I can't say that they're wrong. However, I enjoyed every moment and I would still recommend these books in a heartbeat. Actual rating for this book : 3.5 stars Rating for the series as a whole : 4 stars For more of my reviews, please visit:

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    First thing's first: I have no clue how they're going to make this a television series with a shelf life longer than three seasons. Hell, two seasons are going to be pushing it. Three books were perfect, but you could probably fit all of the novels into two seasons. Now to discuss this final book. It was awesome. One helluva thrill ride with an ending I didn't see coming. You'll probably see the ending coming a mile away, but I was so engrossed with the tale that I couldn't picture the outcome I First thing's first: I have no clue how they're going to make this a television series with a shelf life longer than three seasons. Hell, two seasons are going to be pushing it. Three books were perfect, but you could probably fit all of the novels into two seasons. Now to discuss this final book. It was awesome. One helluva thrill ride with an ending I didn't see coming. You'll probably see the ending coming a mile away, but I was so engrossed with the tale that I couldn't picture the outcome I received. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Blake Crouch put me there. His writing is seemingly effortless, and you just kinda glide along. It's easy to get lost in Wayward Pines, and I suggest you allow yourself to become hypnotized. You'll have much more fun. Before I continue, I must make note of one scene that I simply fucking adored. There's this lady playing solitaire while her house is being invaded by monsters. The monster is screeching at her, and she's steadily telling it to stop being rude, to mind its manners in her home. The resulting scene is hilarious. I was crying, I was laughing so hard. I don't know if Blake meant for this scene to be that funny, but it hit me in the right spot at the right moment. Bravo. I had a damn good time with this series, and I feel this final book was a fitting end. I could have done without the Rick , Shane, and Lori love story, but it's a minor gripe. If you're not a fan of The Walking Dead you probably won't get that reference, so I apologize. Just know that there's unneeded love-triangle shenanigans afoot here and it annoyed me enough to gripe about it. This series made me feel like a kid again. It had all the mystery, action, and carnage Little E. sought in his entertainment. I will watch the M. Night Shigellosis TV series with trepidation. I honestly do not see him being involved in anything worth more than a squirt of piss, and I'm almost certain he will somehow suck all the fun out of this cool concept, but I'm going to give it a shot. Finally, a note on the audiobooks. Paul Michael Garcia is a fantastic narrator. His performance in this series is no different. I highly recommend anything PMG performs, and especially recommend the Wayward Pines series. In summation: Yeah, I loved this journey, but your mileage might vary. I will say I loved it so much I hope that there are more books, even though I know they would be forced. I recommend this series to anyone looking to feel like a kid again, anyone wanting to have that sense of awe and astonishment, that feeling of an adventure started and a journey accomplished. But, dude, honestly, it's just really fucking cool. Final Judgment: Eat it! Eat it! Eat it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jason Brant

    A year ago, I'd never heard of Blake Crouch. Now, he's one of my favorite authors. His pace and economy of words make for a style that really hits home with me. The action scenes in his books are amplified by his short, staccato sentences and paragraphs, keeping you glued to the pages (or your Kindle). There's no fluff, no fat, that needs trimmed. It's a style that I wish more authors had. I hold The Wayward Pines Series up with Wool and other mind-blowing sagas of the past few years. Ethan Burke A year ago, I'd never heard of Blake Crouch. Now, he's one of my favorite authors. His pace and economy of words make for a style that really hits home with me. The action scenes in his books are amplified by his short, staccato sentences and paragraphs, keeping you glued to the pages (or your Kindle). There's no fluff, no fat, that needs trimmed. It's a style that I wish more authors had. I hold The Wayward Pines Series up with Wool and other mind-blowing sagas of the past few years. Ethan Burke is a flawed, but powerful character that keeps you rooting for him, despite the mistakes he's made in the past. There's no quit in the man, no matter the situation he finds himself in. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this and I plowed through it in two days. This final book was worth the wait. The action kicks off right away and doesn't let up. The pace is brutal and makes it hard to step away for inconsequential things like food or sleep. If I have one complaint, it's that Crouch doesn't release books often enough. He's clearly a fast writer, but I read his stuff so rapidly that it feels like I'm always waiting forever for his next work. Blake, if you're going to hook me on your stuff, then I need the fixes to come faster!

  14. 4 out of 5

    RedemptionDenied

    You've got to be shitting me? No Fucking Way. It cannot end like that. Goddammit. No. This trilogy had better turn into a quadrillogy or something. It just can't end the way it did. Not for the sake of my sanity, anyway. From the very first chapter it's kept me captivated, right up to the very end. Then I make the mistake of reading the last nine words of the epilogue on the following page. Bad idea. Okay...rant over. I think. This has been an amazing journey from the very start - and I'm going t You've got to be shitting me? No Fucking Way. It cannot end like that. Goddammit. No. This trilogy had better turn into a quadrillogy or something. It just can't end the way it did. Not for the sake of my sanity, anyway. From the very first chapter it's kept me captivated, right up to the very end. Then I make the mistake of reading the last nine words of the epilogue on the following page. Bad idea. Okay...rant over. I think. This has been an amazing journey from the very start - and I'm going to miss reading about the characters that I've come to like (or dislike). After what Pilcher did at the end of book 2; it's a real case of survival and Ethan has more than just his conscience eating away at him like caustic acid: It's not just a fight for survival against the Abbies - there are also other reasons why they could end up extinct. I really enjoyed reading this trilogy (better be quadrillogy), and I hope the author decides to continue the story - as the ending was totally phenomenal. Actually, what the survivors did was ingenious - but those last nine words are going to haunt me.......

  15. 5 out of 5

    Athena Shardbearer

    Wayward Pines, you have stolen my sanity and I want more!!!! How is it that I finished this trilogy and STILL want more of this craziness? How is it that this book scares the shit out of me, but yet, I want to live in Wayward Pines. I was not expecting to get what I did from these books. Now, book two was slower that one and three, but worth the time. It answered a lot of questions, but book 3...HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Its like I boarded a roller coaster of horror and it didn't stop till the end of t Wayward Pines, you have stolen my sanity and I want more!!!! How is it that I finished this trilogy and STILL want more of this craziness? How is it that this book scares the shit out of me, but yet, I want to live in Wayward Pines. I was not expecting to get what I did from these books. Now, book two was slower that one and three, but worth the time. It answered a lot of questions, but book 3...HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Its like I boarded a roller coaster of horror and it didn't stop till the end of the track. DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING with these books! And I'm so glad I read these before the series starts. (I looked up the trailer, its just as creepy as the book, but it does give away the book...SO DON'T WATCH TILL YOU FINISH READING BOOK ONE!!!!) I want more of detective Ethan Burke!!! P.S. If you have KindleUnlimited the entire series and audiobooks are free!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ɗẳɳ 2.☊

    The following review is sponsored by N.E.R.D. – Time for Some Action Book 3, or when all hell breaks loose! Strap in because the ride’s about to get bumpy and we got a few things to discuss. I’d also advise you to fuel up because it’s nonstop action from here on out—shit, my fingers flew through those pages so fast they nearly caught fire! And there’s no discernible letup, hardly even time to catch your breath, until you’re past the halfway point. Woah, that was total madness, but I think you may’ The following review is sponsored by N.E.R.D. – Time for Some Action Book 3, or when all hell breaks loose! Strap in because the ride’s about to get bumpy and we got a few things to discuss. I’d also advise you to fuel up because it’s nonstop action from here on out—shit, my fingers flew through those pages so fast they nearly caught fire! And there’s no discernible letup, hardly even time to catch your breath, until you’re past the halfway point. Woah, that was total madness, but I think you may’ve overdone it. I can already see that adrenaline dump coming, so let’s slow things down a bit. *Insert love triangle* Oh hell no, don’t even go there! You’re way too far into the story for that nonsense. Whew, you dodged a bullet there, my man, so you can relax now. Deep breaths . . . in through the nose out through the mouth. Time to regroup and formulate a plan of attack. Speaking of which, how the hell can “you know who,” just kick back and allow this to happen? He must be out of his damn mind - full-on batshit crazy. What does he have some sort of God complex? Things don’t go his way, and instead of sucking it up like an adult, he throws a ginormous temper tantrum. Is that what happened? You know what truly baffles me is the guy had clearly gone off the deep end a good long while ago, yet it takes a disaster of epic proportions to finally clue the rest of y’all into the fact? So, let me get this straight, even though you’re working with a limited amount of “resources” the fêtes were a perfectly reasonable solution, rather than simply laying out the facts for everyone? The trust is too terrifying, freedom is too dangerous? Come on, man, don't kid a kidder. You know, maybe it’s time to pull together and work as a team. Take responsibility for your life, master your destiny, determine your fate. Good luck, man. Oh, and thanks for the ride. It was a blast, but I guess this is the end of the road. Or is it? ----------------------------------------------- Okay, before I put a bow on this series there’s one last thing to mention. Back on my review of Pines I left a rather nasty remark about how stupid Fox was for condensing this trilogy into a ten episode miniseries. But after wrapping things up, I can now see the logic of that decision—considering the entire tale occurs over a brief three week period, with no discernible gaps in the storyline from one book to the next. In fact, you could even posit that the trilogy was a single book cleverly broken down into three parts. So, I apologize for that nasty comment, Fox, my bad. Although, I’m still pissed you didn’t pick up that Locke and Key pilot, so . . . Pines (Book One): ★★★☆☆½ Wayward (Book Two): ★★★☆☆½ The Last Town (Book Three): ★★★☆☆

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sԋҽʅʅყ ƚԋҽ Wҽιɾԃ αɳԃ Wαɳԃҽɾιɳɠ Wαɾɾισɾ

    Heh. Well, it didn't suck. This finale ended up kind of reminding me of a more adult, violent version of More Than This. I don't know what I expected, but there was something missing. (view spoiler)[ I wanted some epic show down between Pam and Ethan and it was just this quick ending for her where Ethan wasn't even involved. Pilcher's ending was blah. I really think Theresa is a boring character and didn't care for all the sections involving her. I can't believe they freaking go back into the stas Heh. Well, it didn't suck. This finale ended up kind of reminding me of a more adult, violent version of More Than This. I don't know what I expected, but there was something missing. (view spoiler)[ I wanted some epic show down between Pam and Ethan and it was just this quick ending for her where Ethan wasn't even involved. Pilcher's ending was blah. I really think Theresa is a boring character and didn't care for all the sections involving her. I can't believe they freaking go back into the stasis chambers, although I guess what else could they do? And then that ending, where 70,000 years later, Ethan wakes up, THE END? I guess it leaves it open for another series or continuation? I just found it somewhat disappointing. There definitely wasn't a happy ending here. (hide spoiler)] I guess this was more of a horror/dystopian than the previous ones where there was more of a thriller and sci-fi vibe. I wanted more answers about the aberrations/abbies. That was pretty under-developed - what about Margaret? If, for some reason, the author continues this, I would be interested. This one was entertaining and a quick read. I just wanted a little more. Eh. I would still recommend and it's a fun trilogy for fans of sci-fi thrillers. Buddy Read in November 2015 with the Saucy Wenches.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    I wish we lived in a world where actions were measured by the intentions behind them. But the truth is, they’re measured by their consequences. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,.... NO! This can't possibly end here. There has to be a book four. THERE HAS TO BE A BOOK 4, RIGHT?! Well, according to Mr. Crouch, this will stay a trilogy. But the man can change his mind, right? RIGHT?! This series, this freaking series, is one of the best things I've ever read, and I'm sure it will stay my favorite fo I wish we lived in a world where actions were measured by the intentions behind them. But the truth is, they’re measured by their consequences. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,.... NO! This can't possibly end here. There has to be a book four. THERE HAS TO BE A BOOK 4, RIGHT?! Well, according to Mr. Crouch, this will stay a trilogy. But the man can change his mind, right? RIGHT?! This series, this freaking series, is one of the best things I've ever read, and I'm sure it will stay my favorite for a really long time. I mean I've read these books in a week, so that's saying something. And I'm so sad that it's actually over. What the hell will I do with my life now?! This book was just as good as the first two. It had a lot of action, amazing character development, a lot of answers, and perfect unexpected ending for a series like this. I feel like if it ended in any other way, I would be deeply disappointed. Now that I've finish the whole series, I can finally start the TV show. I have really high expectation for the show, and I really hope I won't be disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Damn you, Mr. Crouch! You sucked me in with “Pines”, kept me intrigued with “Wayward”, and then slapped me in the face with “The Last Town” Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the book. I actually thought it was okay. And on its own it probably deserves a 3-star rating. The reason it gets a 2, however, is because of its potential. This book should have been awesome. It should have been a kick-ass finale to the Wayward Pines trilogy, but it wasn’t. Mr. Crouch could have ended the saga with a bang an Damn you, Mr. Crouch! You sucked me in with “Pines”, kept me intrigued with “Wayward”, and then slapped me in the face with “The Last Town” Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the book. I actually thought it was okay. And on its own it probably deserves a 3-star rating. The reason it gets a 2, however, is because of its potential. This book should have been awesome. It should have been a kick-ass finale to the Wayward Pines trilogy, but it wasn’t. Mr. Crouch could have ended the saga with a bang and instead ended it with a whimper, and it’s a damn shame. Let’s go back to “Pines”. I loved it. It was a fast-paced, entertaining, violent mystery with a few awesome scenes (the fetes and introduction to the abbies come to mind) and an explosive ending that I never saw coming. I thought it was a great book that didn’t need a sequel. And then “Wayward” came out… And I loved it. It advanced the story, let us see Ethan struggle with concealing the truth, introduced us to Adam Hassler (a man actually surviving outside of the fence? WHAT?!), and hinted at a second love triangle (between Adam, Ethan and Teresa, in addition to the one between Ethan, Teresa, and Kate) then, again, blew me away with a killer cliffhanger ending that forced me to read part 3. It was as if Mr. Crouch literally grabbed me by the throat and said, “You’re going to buy book 3!” and I gladly said, “Yes, Sir!” Then “The Last Town” came out, and it underwhelmed. The problems with this book are numerous, and I suspect they all stem from a single source. It’s clear to me Mr. Crouch was given a deadline that he simply could not meet without sacrificing the integrity of his novel, and sacrifice it he did. Just look at its length compared to books 1 and 2. “Pines”: 309 pages “Wayward”: 322 pages “The Last Town”: 285 pages It’s the runt of the litter, and by a full 24 pages! This is part 3, Blake (I’m calling you Blake from now on. Screw Mr. Crouch!). This is the finale. Everything that happened in books 1 and 2 has been building to this. This book should have been the longest of the three. Not the shortest. And certainly not the shortest by 24 pages. To be totally honest, this book should have had at least another 50 pages in it. There were two books worth of loose ends to tie up, Crouch (I’m sticking with just Crouch. Screw Blake!), and instead of actually tying them up, you gave us a rushed, half-assed ending that once read by your editor should have gotten you a quick slap in the face. Let’s dive in shall we? Hassler: In “Wayward”, we’re told Adam Hassler is still alive. My thought process upon learning this: “Ethan’s boss? No way! And he’s been living outside of the fence? And he’s in love with Ethan’s wife? Why is he outside of town? How has he been able to survive out there? Why is he headed back to the town now? What did he find out there?” The addition of Hassler to the story was brilliant. Knowing he was coming back to town for book 3 made me practically salivate over his eventual confrontation with Ethan and I was dying to know the answers to the above questions. And what were those answers? Let’s see: Why is he outside of town? Not sure. He was on a mission of some kind. What mission? I have no idea. It’s not made clear. Pilcher implies there was no mission and that he just wanted to get rid of Hassler. If that’s the case, why not just kill him? But there had to be an actual mission, right? Otherwise, why the hell would Hassler go outside in the first place? Wasn’t he the happiest he had ever been while living in Wayward Pines with Theresa and Ben? What could Pilcher have possibly told him to make him willingly leave Wayward Pines on a suicide mission outside? Did Pilcher force him to leave? If he did, again, why not just kill Hassler instead? And why did Hassler come back anyway? Was it because he found nothing? What made him decide he finally found nothing? And why did he wait so long to decide that? Dude, you had a beautiful woman and child waiting for you in Wayward Pines. Why would you stay away for three years? Couldn’t you have been gone for a few months instead? How long does it take to find nothing? Horrible character exchanges: Then there are the many potentially emotional points that Crouch just glosses over. Like when Alan finds out Pilcher murdered his daughter and is so enraged that he threatens to kill Pilcher. He and Ethan have this exchange. Alan: AHHHHHH! I’m gonna kill Pilcher! Ethan: No, I am. Alan: Okay. There is no way this exchange goes down this way from what we know about Alan. He should have been ready to rip Pilcher apart with his bare hands. He and Ethan should have practically come to blows over who gets to kill Pilcher. But they don’t because…I have no idea, and I don’t think Crouch does either. This happens again when everyone is hiding in the cave and Ethan tells Ben he is going to the arc. Ethan: I have to go Ben. Ben: (crying) But Dad, I don’t want you to go! Ethan: But I’m going to. Ben: Okay. Come on, Crouch! Give the kid a little more time to come to terms with his father’s suicide mission. Or don’t let him come to terms with it at all and force Ethan to leave with his son mad at him. Just make your characters act like real people, damn it! Characters acting like morons Here a few things that just didn’t add up: When Ethan’s group makes it to the cave, it’s revealed some people are missing family members who were in other groups. In a crisis, why the hell would you separate from your family? Everyone was together at the fete, then Ethan revealed the truth, Pilcher opened the gate, and everyone stood around and talked about the truth. Sure, some people went home (with their families) but most stayed. So when the hell did so many families get separated? Why would they do that? Why would you not go into the same group and head for the tunnels together? Even when characters make the right decision, they do it for the wrong reason. Like when Ethan, Kate, and two other characters whose names I can’t remember head to the arc. They decide to avoid the tunnels and stay above ground. Ethan’s reasoning for this is so that if they are spotted, they can run. So you plan to outrun the four-legged abbies who are clearly faster than you? Wrong. You stay out of the tunnels because the abbies already found the tunnels and could still be down their feeding on the other groups. Also, did Crouch really force Hassler and Kate to be together in the end? Ugh. In conclusion, this book was bad. Though mildly entertaining, it was sloppily written and poorly edited. I really wish Crouch had more time to work on this one. It could have been great.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    Epic. Unforgettable. Gripping. Intense. INSANE. I will come back and read this someday...and it won't be soon enough. GAHD I loved this. I wish I could un-read this series so I could go through the epicness again....Thanks, Dark Pup. For real. Ethan!!!!! I'll miss you, ya surly little shit. Until we meet again. For more of my reviews, please visit: Epic. Unforgettable. Gripping. Intense. INSANE. I will come back and read this someday...and it won't be soon enough. GAHD I loved this. I wish I could un-read this series so I could go through the epicness again....Thanks, Dark Pup. For real. Ethan!!!!! I'll miss you, ya surly little shit. Until we meet again. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaora

    I don't think I've ever finished a trilogy and been so upset that it wasn't a tetralogy. Blake Crouch has kept me hooked through this entire series, with some great characters and non-stop action. I easily plowed through all 3 books in a few days. The Last Town is a good ending to a terrific series. I say only good because I was a little upset with how many threads were left hanging. A few loose ends are fine but the sheer number that were left unresolved made me a little frustrated. I would still I don't think I've ever finished a trilogy and been so upset that it wasn't a tetralogy. Blake Crouch has kept me hooked through this entire series, with some great characters and non-stop action. I easily plowed through all 3 books in a few days. The Last Town is a good ending to a terrific series. I say only good because I was a little upset with how many threads were left hanging. A few loose ends are fine but the sheer number that were left unresolved made me a little frustrated. I would still highly recommend this series however, and I'll check out the TV show. Maybe it will resolve some things the book didn't.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪

    I found this book a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Although this one, after the events of the previous two, was much more action oriented (which is not necessary a good thing for me) I enjoyed it and I am glad I read the whole trilogy. The very end was kinda unexpected and I was hoping for that!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bharath

    The third book in the series, and I wanted to get to it as quickly as possible after reading the second book. This is another page turner, and ends with a great twist. It is tough to write reviews of this series without spoilers. Ethan Burke is now the Sherriff of Wayward Pines. It is clearly no ordinary town and he wants the residents to know the truth of the town itself, their relationships and the dangers outside. David Pilcher, who has conceptualized the town and literally runs it is not happ The third book in the series, and I wanted to get to it as quickly as possible after reading the second book. This is another page turner, and ends with a great twist. It is tough to write reviews of this series without spoilers. Ethan Burke is now the Sherriff of Wayward Pines. It is clearly no ordinary town and he wants the residents to know the truth of the town itself, their relationships and the dangers outside. David Pilcher, who has conceptualized the town and literally runs it is not happy and is determined to get back to his ways of running the town even if it means putting the residents at grave risk. Ethan has turned the town upside down after taking over as Sheriff, but isn’t sure if he has been reckless. He also has relationship issues to deal with between himself, his wife Theresa, son Ben, his ex-boss Adam & ex-partner at work Kate. More than anything, it is not clear if the town & residents can survive. The pace is great, but there is a lot of violence, probably inevitable for the storyline. I liked the way the book ended with an intelligent twist. My rating: 4.25 / 5.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sagan

    Meh. The first two books were amazing, but this one was just ok. Nice ending, but I was kinda expecting it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shandra

    Review: Actual rating: 4 I'm-So-Conflicted stars. No story spoilers. That ending... REALLY BLAKE CROUCH?!?! REEEEEEALLY?!?!?! *deep breaths* Soooo...the ending effing pissed me off. It would be bad enough if this wasn't the last book in the series, but with it being the conclusion, that cliffy is a million times worse!!!!! *deep breaths* I refuse to allow the ending to ruin the series in its entirety. This was a very well written series, with a very well executed idea! I felt like the co Review: Actual rating: 4 I'm-So-Conflicted stars. No story spoilers. That ending... REALLY BLAKE CROUCH?!?! REEEEEEALLY?!?!?! *deep breaths* Soooo...the ending effing pissed me off. It would be bad enough if this wasn't the last book in the series, but with it being the conclusion, that cliffy is a million times worse!!!!! *deep breaths* I refuse to allow the ending to ruin the series in its entirety. This was a very well written series, with a very well executed idea! I felt like the concept was original, and the books kept me very engaged. This book was action packed from page one, and each turn of the page had me packed full of anxiety and trepidation. Bravo, Blake Crouch, bravo!! I'm hacking off a whole star for that ending...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Hell hath no fury like a god-complex imbued man scorned. Crouch lays this theme out at the beginning of the final Wayward Pines novel and forges ahead with the massive struggles left for the world's only human inhabitants. After Sheriff Burke revealed the truth about Wayward Pines and its 'creator', David Pilcher, to the entire town, things took a dramatic turn and people starting thinking independently once again. Pilcher, feeling that all he'd created was no longer under his sole control, bega Hell hath no fury like a god-complex imbued man scorned. Crouch lays this theme out at the beginning of the final Wayward Pines novel and forges ahead with the massive struggles left for the world's only human inhabitants. After Sheriff Burke revealed the truth about Wayward Pines and its 'creator', David Pilcher, to the entire town, things took a dramatic turn and people starting thinking independently once again. Pilcher, feeling that all he'd created was no longer under his sole control, began wreaking havoc in hopes of decimating those who'd previous worshipped him and owed their life to his ingenious plan. Pilcher began removing all that he'd done and left the townfolk to fend for themselves, in a 39th century abyss covered with aberration being whose only means of survival is violence. As townsfolk turn to Burke for protection, he assumes the role as head organiser to deal with the invading throngs and tries to reason with Pilcher the self-proclaimed deity. Burke soon comes to terms with his role in the larger game Pilcher played, making him a pawn in a sick societal game that brought a number of people to Wayward Pines. With time running out and an apocalypse on the horizon, Burke must once again battle with Pilcher to save the town, or see its ultimate demise; the last town left on earth. Crouch brings the series to a crashing conclusion, leaving questions out there with no clear answers, except in the reader's extrapolating mind. Taking up this book and series on a recommendation was a giant step for me. While I enjoy a little suspended reality (pardon the pun for series fans) a la Stephen King, I worry that they will soon turn the way of King's own UNDER THE DOME when television executives got a hold of it. However, Crouch uses his wiles to craft not only a book that forces the reader to step back and watch a quaint town turn into a killing field, but also play an active role in learning about its various inhabitants and the power structure in keeping it together. Part societal microcosm, part Orwellian surveillance state, Wayward Pines tells the story of love, politics, corruption, and complete adherence to a single master plan. It mocks society while addressing its deepest strengths and weaknesses, as only a talented writer can do and still hold onto a semblance of reality. Crouch uses quick chapters (at least in this final instalment) to tell the three layered story of Wayward: before its creation, its inception, and its current destruction. The reader cannot help but follow along and wonder how things will end, or if there is a trapdoor to save humanity. Rigid readers need not pick up the series, but those who thirst for something more than a 'find the murderer' thriller should raise a glass (and an eyebrow) to this trilogy. Kudos, Mr. Crouch for keeping me on my seat from start to finish. I will recommend this to others and be sure to try out some of your other novels and series to whet my appetite for reading. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  27. 4 out of 5

    ⋆ yel ⋆

    4 of 5 stars ----- I rarely pick up post apocalyptic books. I think it's because I was intimidated by the genre. Maybe, I still am. But it's quite shocking that I've come to enjoy reading this whole trilogy. In my opinion, this conclusion novel is my favorite among the three. I realized that the more I discover things about these books, the more I got committed to the story. It gets better and better with each book. I was glad for the character development, though I am still not into their co 4 of 5 stars ----- I rarely pick up post apocalyptic books. I think it's because I was intimidated by the genre. Maybe, I still am. But it's quite shocking that I've come to enjoy reading this whole trilogy. In my opinion, this conclusion novel is my favorite among the three. I realized that the more I discover things about these books, the more I got committed to the story. It gets better and better with each book. I was glad for the character development, though I am still not into their complex relationships. I know that they're the last of humanity, but damn, their tangled commitment is not what I think I can handle really well. I really don't like the set up of a messy complicated relationship. Aside from that, I don't know if I just failed to understand or if I somehow missed it, but there's actually lingering questions inside my head. And all those questions are about the suspension thingy. Is there some sort of trigger mechanism for them to get out of it? I mean, obviously, all of them got inside the suspension for them to survive. How are they able to get out of it? Are they aware of how much time they will spend inside of it and somehow set the time themselves? Is there a timer or something that would goes off and would just automatically let them wake up? I don't think I would missed that kind of information or maybe I am just so clueless about this kind of science thing. Maybe I'm just not quite familiar to science fiction to understand enough how those things work. But other than those points, the whole story was actually engaging. It was quick paced and thrilling. I know this trilogy has a TV adaptation, but I haven't watch it yet. I don't know if I ever will. But for me, I still got the The Walking Dead vibe from these books, mostly because of being both post apocalyptic, and I kept hearing the suspenseful music from TWD during the Aberrations scenes. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    The Last Town was action packed from start to finish. It was a befitting end to the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Bradley

    I found myself disappointed with how little happened in this book. The first two books in this series were very light reads, but this one seemed almost ridiculously light -- I read it in a single two-hour sitting, and I felt like not much could have taken place in a story that short. This book is also VERY heavy-handed with the God/creation myth allegory. There were a few times where a character would be referencing God, Satan and/or the angels where I just had to groan. The author just seemed to I found myself disappointed with how little happened in this book. The first two books in this series were very light reads, but this one seemed almost ridiculously light -- I read it in a single two-hour sitting, and I felt like not much could have taken place in a story that short. This book is also VERY heavy-handed with the God/creation myth allegory. There were a few times where a character would be referencing God, Satan and/or the angels where I just had to groan. The author just seemed to be trying too hard to make sure that the novel had a theme. To my mind, themes are fine, but there needs to be a little bit of subtlety. As the old adage goes, "show, don't tell." Definitely not a great book, but it wasn't a total failure. The ending left me sufficiently intrigued that I'll read the next book in the series when it comes out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    first off Wow! I remember reading The Pines and thinking it would be a hard novel to top, then after finishing wayward I remember thinking OK Blake Crouch you followed the first book up with another very good entry in the trilogy. Morgannah suggested we buddy read this one to stay ahead of the TV adaptation and I say bravo, excellent choice. this book did not literally blow my mind, but it "literally" blew my mind! This final volume was so action packed, and exciting; yet it had some quiet moments first off Wow! I remember reading The Pines and thinking it would be a hard novel to top, then after finishing wayward I remember thinking OK Blake Crouch you followed the first book up with another very good entry in the trilogy. Morgannah suggested we buddy read this one to stay ahead of the TV adaptation and I say bravo, excellent choice. this book did not literally blow my mind, but it "literally" blew my mind! This final volume was so action packed, and exciting; yet it had some quiet moments with some emotional and complex scenes. No spoliers but after the reader had spent two books with key residents of Wayward Pines Crouch certainly uses his excellent characterization to good effect. We as the reader are reminded what a flawed and three dimensional hero Ethan Burke is throughout the series. also I'm a little ashamed to admit that it wasn't until reading The Last Town that some of the themes clicked. Themes like family and loyalty and what really struck me personal sovereignty /freedom. It can almost be read as a cautionary tale. is it better to be a "safe" slave, or a free person? Read the book and see what the residents of the last town chose.

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