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.
Blake Crouch's electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines series - now a major television event series debuting Winter 2015 on FOX.
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Not trying to harp on this ONCE again, but this trend of people POORLY rating audiobooks that came out less than 2-3 hours ago is RIDICULOUS! Not only is it UNFAIR & MISLEADING to the publishers, the Audible site, the author (likely trying to support themselves financially)...but MOST importantly, us the CONSUMERS.
I listen to around 4-5 audiobooks from Audible PER week, so I understand getting a DUD of an audiobook now and then. With Audible's No-Hassle Return Poiicy in effect, there is NO reason to poorly review a book based simply on first impressions, and that you have NOT completed (since cramming a 6+ hour audiobook into 1-2 hours is impossible last time I checked).
If you are like myself, the most IMPORTANT aspect of whether I use a hard earned credit on an audiobook, is BASED on the REVIEWS...There is a reason Audible's rating sytem is starred in 3 distinct areas; to allow a FULL and knowledged review of the ENTIRE production. There is NO star-rating category for anything like "first minute impressions" or "How good was the INTRO" lol. If you dont like the book after an hour, FINE. If you know the narrator isn't great early on, FINE. But don't come handing out ONE-STAR ratings in categories you HAVE ZERO ground to give out...you MIGHT be able to rate the "perfomance" but your creidbility to rate the Overall & Story categories is NULL in any case...because you did NOT finish the BOOK!
FYI - As to NOT be partial in my rating of this title, I will update and provide a FULL REVIEW once I have completed this title. But something had to be said about the unfair, early reviews posted for so many new books lately :)
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I am sorry to hear this series come to an end. If you’ve read the first two books in the Pines series you must hear how it all ends. A memorable, action-packed and thought-provoking story.
I'll preface this review by stating that I'm assuming that you've read the first two books in this trilogy. "The Last Town" is the final book in the series and I can't recommend it as a standalone novel.
With that out of the way, I can report that this book closed off the series nicely. Mr. Crouch is a very talented writer who knows how to make a reader empathetic with his flawed characters. Mr. Garcia, who has been retained throughout the series, continues with his flawless performances and greatly enhances the audible experience.
I think my greatest criticism for the story is in the form of "bad science". While laying out what appears to be a plausible story line, he author conveniently overlooks issues such as the unsuitability of matter over time. This is at odds with his careful explanation of other details, and is all the more glaring as a result. Other inconsistencies also pop up. As an example, they paved the roads of the Town, implying access to heavy machinery, yet had to hand dig a mass grave. In the end, these little things annoyed me a bit.
That all being said, it was a very entertaining book to close off a very good series. While "future horror" might describe the genre, the book does make you think about the possible future of the human species.
Seeing how it is all playing out. I am so excited for the 4th book
Yes. It was just so original and I didn't know what was coming next.
I love his voice. It is light in pitch but not shrill and doesn't have any weird annunciations.
Can't wait for the 4th book to come out.
I became attached to the Wayward Pines series after the first two. This book was a bit of letdown, mostly because I found the sequencing of events (between pre-suspension and post-suspension), for example, with a chapter that begins "five years earlier." Earlier than what? The story is good, but lost its way it a bit this time.
The citizens of Wayward Pines have been prisoners in an idyllic mountain valley town. No crime, no taxes. No worries but no privacy. Everyone is pleasant, smiley faces and yet cracking under the strain of the lie. But no one can leave this town surrounded by a high electrified fence. And no one knows why. What lies beyond the town is not questioned but always in the back of the residents mind. To try to explore could mean death by the hands of the towns own people. This town is a kind of Eden and Mr. Pilchard, their leader and town creator is God. At least he thinks he is God but Ethan Burke, the town sheriff, knows better and Burke knows the truth about the town and what exist outside the town. When Ethan gathers all the people and tells them the truth in the last book, well all hell breaks loose. The suspense never lets up in this one and plenty of nail biting moments and surprises. Loved this series. Very well written, following the lives of several different characters or groups of characters in their quest for survival after knowing the truth. The only bit I could have done without is the contrived romances between several main characters and then the former husband or lover that they thought was dead, comes back into the story in the middle of people fighting for survival. Then they have to grapple with who they will hang with. Not something you want to think about while fighting for your life but still not enough to mar a great series.
Highly recommended. Love the way the writer describes death and carnage in a sort of detached matter of fact way and yet he keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will come next. Never a dull moment in this one yet, it slows down enough to develop characters and show some back story so you know why they behave the way they do and how they all ended up in this strange place.
After the build up from the first 2 books a little disappointing, predictable, and this book was shorter than the others.
Yes, but after I listened to Pines and Wayward again
The end where Ethan let's the cat out of the bag
This book completes the trilogy and I recommend that you start with the first book, Pines.
Since the second book ends in a cliff-hanger, this book started off with me anticipating what was going to happen next. Lots of chaos and suspense in this book. We get to see the true evil of the "mad scientist" who made Wayward Pines and I found myself hoping for revenge on him.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I've read all three books in this series and enjoyed them all -- this one the most! The story continued to surprise and engage, right through to the amazing, amazing end. Crouch builds suspense and creates really great characters. I felt like I was walking the streets of Wayward Pines with Sheriff Ethan and the gang. Don't start with this one, start at the beginning of the series. . . you'll not be sorry you did!
The Wayward Pines series is one of the most inventive and original series I've ever come across. You will not be disappointed and completely hooked once you start listening.
"Disappointing 3rd book in the Pines series"
The first two books in the 'Pines' series were well written and fun to read, good old page turners. I've been looking forward to 'The Last Town', but found it to be very poor in comparison. There's lots of description about guns e.g. ammunition types, which kind of guns are suited to certain situations. The story and characters come over as nothing you care fore. It is like the author has lost interest. Also, it is very short.
Blake Crouch seems to have lost interest in the characters he created and the story. I imagine it didn't take him long to write this book. The format has changed too, now providing a little detail about a lot of characters. Looks like it has been written for TV, but unfortunately it doesn't make for a good read.
Dear Blake, if your going to write another book about Wayward Pines, forget about the TV series, write like you used to and have fun with the people and story.
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