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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A disappointing end to an already flagging trilogy
For me, 'The Last Town' was frustrating read, with too much sudden exposition, random character backstories and other such nonsense filler that served as nuisance obstacles in my quest to simply just finish the trilogy and find out how it all ended.
I am issuing a minor spoiler warning here. Just like 'Wayward', this book finishes on a cliff hanger. I am not opposed to this as a thematic device, however, in this instance, it just felt like a lazy attention grab at the last moment.
In addition to this, Ethan, the main character in all three stories, has been transformed in 'The Last Town' into this laughable, machismo, Bruce Willis 'Die Hard' wannabe, action hero. There is little semblance of the desperate and scared Secret Service agent that I really liked and could actually get behind in 'Pines'. In this third instalment, Ethan is so gung-ho to the point where it is off putting to everyone apart from all of the other characters in the story, who seem to be enamoured and infatuated with him and his actions. The characterisation was lacking in this story and I missed it. Crouch puts more depth into the guns, weapons and vehicles he describes in 'The Last Town' than he does his characters.
There were also some small continuity issues present here, which I kept expecting to be resolved and never were.
Needed more variety.
I might check out the Fox TV adaptation, but I hear it is quite different to the books.
If 'Pines' had been a standalone book, I would have been seriously impressed. However, Crouch felt the need to give us two more stories about this quirky little, Idaho town, which I feel were unnecessary and unearned. Where 'Wayward' just about to maintain a 'meh' level of interest throughout , 'The Last Town' failed to achieve even this. It was not the ending I expected, nor wanted, with characters that has become two dimensional parodies of themselves.
If you like action orientated novels, then this conclusion might be for you, but it was not all that for me.
- Ruddy good student
Hope we get another one!