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.
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.
If a friend listened to or read PINES book 1 then yes I think a friend would enjoy it.
Yes. He did a fantastic job with Pines, and this one as well.
More cry then laugh. I get frustrated with Pilcher and I wish someone would just kill Pilcher off and the town would be fine.
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.
The Child by Fitsek.
The fact that I cannot find one is the strongest indicator that I did not like it.
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...
Liked but conflicted
Definitely Ethan. He's simply the backbone of the series.
I really enjoy this narrator. He brings a sense of authenticity to the characters. One of the best out of the two dozen or so audiobooks I've listened to.
The end, yet in a way that I'm unsure how to feel about.
It was a really good book and conclusion to an overall great series. The end left me conflicted. I wish I could say more about it than that as to why, but I don't want to risk ruining it for someone reading reviews to make a purchasing decision. The relationship stuff was really uncomfortable, but also well done.
Say something about yourself!
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.
I am not sure, maybe if it had not been written.
He is just a really decent narrator, smooth voice.
No, not one.
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.
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.
"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.
Full of fear, possible hope and further anxiety; as a community of people, work out how to move on, as well as survive.
"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.
"A trip to the future"
What a surprising and riveting story. Excellent from start to finish. Narration brilliant. Will definitely look for more by Blake Crouch.
"Good final book for the trilogy"
Great concept and storyline, kept wondering how it was going to last for 3 books but it held up.
Exciting, novel & thrilling.
Well this particular book has a pretty original story, so off the top of my head I can't think of one!
It's not a "moving" type book!
Yes, if you like a page turner, this is for you.
"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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