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The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3 | [Blake Crouch]

The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Blake Crouch; The Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    justin 07-15-14
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    "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
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    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 :)

    57 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 07-23-14 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Awww man, it’s over!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-08-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 08-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent closure on the series"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 08-28-14
    Anthony Moore Springfield, IL 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT SERIES!!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Legrand USA 07-31-14
    B. Legrand USA 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "He got what was coming"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Town the most enjoyable?

    Seeing how it is all playing out. I am so excited for the 4th book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was just so original and I didn't know what was coming next.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his voice. It is light in pitch but not shrill and doesn't have any weird annunciations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For sure


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the 4th book to come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George L. Johnson Columbia, SC USA 07-27-14
    George L. Johnson Columbia, SC USA 07-27-14
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    "Interesting, not as good as the others"

    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.

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    DC REEDVILLE, VA, United States 07-17-14
    DC REEDVILLE, VA, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    After the build up from the first 2 books a little disappointing, predictable, and this book was shorter than the others.

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    Carol 07-17-14
    Carol 07-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "See you on the other side"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 10-16-14
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 10-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."

    A very entertaining story, but too many times I had to suspend my disbelief. Too many times, I questioned "why?". Like: Why not tell the people what was going on? Why all the elaborate hidden surveillance? Why have them engage in ritual killings? I know there were rather weak reasons given for these things, but I really had to put all of it aside and just go with the story.
    And if the mad scientist's purpose was to repopulate the Earth, then why wasn't there any emphasis of pregnancies? It seems they certainly had no qualms killing lots of people. Wouldn't they be concerned about the gene pool reduction?
    Don't get me started, I just have to go with the flow.

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    Robert Cartier Philly 10-11-14
    Robert Cartier Philly 10-11-14 Member Since 2012

    Robby Wonder

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    "Wrapped Up The Trilogy Quite Nicely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a thrill ride from the opening sequences of the first book, till the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How everything fell together. I didn't realize Hassler was shady until the halfway point of the third book. It was well hidden. Finally... everything made sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the first Fate that Ethan encourted. Him trying to get away... that was pure anxiety on the reader's part.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes Indeed


    Any additional comments?

    The only...ONLY knock on the book is.... I don't see why Pilcher wakes up Ethan in the first place. According to the book, this has been tried before with him, and he's rebelled every time. So why risk bringing back such a trouble-some adversary, who has Secret Service / milatary backgrouind. Its like locking the A-Team up in a auto garage, you know something bad is going to happen because of that...

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    "Disappointing 3rd book in the Pines series"
    What would have made The Last Town better?

    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.


    What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    9/30/14
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    "Loved it"
    If you could sum up The Last Town in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, novel & thrilling.


    What other book might you compare The Last Town to, and why?

    Well this particular book has a pretty original story, so off the top of my head I can't think of one!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not a "moving" type book!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, if you like a page turner, this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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