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 in 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 :)
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.
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.
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.
Please tell me there will be a book four. I have to know what comes next. If you have't read any of this series yet, what the heck are you waiting for? It's got love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, murder, monsters, yes...monsters, and if that is not enough, it's got time travel. This is the first series I've read straight through, not wanting any other tale to interrupt the flow. Blake Crouch just jumped to the top of my "best author" list. If you want a glob of icing on top, listen to the audio version.
The first 2 books were brilliant.
Too bad the bigger part of this book was blood, killing and more dead bodies. Only the last few chapters were good.
But overall a good 'ending' of the story arch. And yet again a great performance.
"Hope we get another one!"
Was not sure at the first of these books but got totally hooked and now will be watching for another in the series. Want to know what happens next!
Loved it - great ending. Was held in suspense at every step along the journey, couldn't help but wish there was a 4th book.
"Much better than the second book"
When I read the first book I was completely bowled over by it. It was so consuming, different from anything I had ever read before. I eagerly awaiting the next book but found it very disappointing as a lot of the book just reiterated what had happened in the first. The third book however did not do this, it just carried on from the second and I enjoyed it immensely, straight down to business. So basically you have to read the books in order otherwise you will not be able to follow the story.
The whole concept and the humane emotions involved. What would you do in this situation.
The end, where you realize there could yet be another book.
It is full of intense emotions.
If you read the first and enjoyed it but found the second disappointing as I did, do not hesitate to read the third it is much better thought out. I also hope there will be another book but hopefully a bit longer in length.
"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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this end to the series - I liked the way it was told and the way it filled in some of the background of the characters. Great ending - would love there to be more...
I've loved reading the Wayward Pines books (just don't ruin it by watching the TV series - it's terrible) and really hope there will be more. It's a great concept with interesting characters and kept me wanting more. As always, the big reveal is disappointing but that is the way with every horror/thriller etc. the big bad monster isn't that scary once you've seen it. That was the appeal of the first book, not knowing what was going on, but Blake Crouch manages to keep you in suspense after this big reveal because the characters are well built.
"Brought to a brilliant climax"
I enjoyed this book almost as much as the others. The ending was very good I would have liked it to be a bit longer, I enjoyed it anyway.
It's not quite as I would have imagined things to progress, that has been true of all the books
This was one of the most captivating book series I've read. It was thrilling from start to finish and I couldn't stop listening! Highly recommended and a brilliant ending.
A excellent book from Blake Crouch with plenty of nail biting action, twists and turns and imaginative storytelling which was all excellently conveyed by Paul Garcia.
"Predictable but satisfying"
Please start breathing deeply. Take the time to smell the flowers.
Predictable but satisfying listen.
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