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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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).

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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 :)

    60 of 64 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gio Italy 09-24-14
    Gio Italy 09-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing final chapter"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Paul Michael Garcia?

    Well, unlike this third book, the first two installments of wayward pines read one after the other are very very good. I liked them a lot and still reccomend them,
    As per Paul Michael Garcia, he is the only one that does a good job altso in this book too.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Child by Fitsek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fact that I cannot find one is the strongest indicator that I did not like it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Actually it lost the chance to be great. It lost the chance to truly and fully follow and develop a few potentially great threads. It seemed clear to me that Blake Crouch when writing this book was already in the mindset of a neverending (but superficial) TV series instead of keeping the good job he did in the first two books. Such a pity.Maybe he was under pressure by the editor too, I don't know...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 11-04-14
    heather Pleasantville 11-04-14 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Last is Least"
    What would have made The Last Town better?

    This book was nothing like the first two books, and it was incredibly violent. I feel like the author ran out of a story line and got in touch with his dark side.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not sure, maybe if it had not been written.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    He is just a really decent narrator, smooth voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, not one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the first two books, I would recommend not reading or listening to the third. The author went from decent mystery to full blown horror. I honestly was sick listening to this book, overkill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DixieDarlin 11-03-14
    DixieDarlin 11-03-14
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    "Not my typical genre, but loved these books."
    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    I read the written versions of these books, so my review is limited to the written version. I cannot comment on Mr. Garcia's performance. I read the entire series straight through. They were page turners for me.


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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cathie Savannah, GA, United States 07-29-14
    Cathie Savannah, GA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Sorry This is the End!"

    I have learned from the many audiobooks I have listened to that the narrator can make or break a book. In this case, this narrator is perfect for this story. He reads the character of Ethan with a detachment that totally fits. While this is not a happy story, this is overall a great series. All three books kept my attention, and the ending was unexpected. Not sure how it could happen but I would love more!

    3 of 4 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 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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