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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By Ruddy good student on 08-05-17
A disappointing end to an already flagging trilogy
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
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.
What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
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.
What three words best describe Paul Michael Garcia’s voice?
Needed more variety.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
I might check out the Fox TV adaptation, but I hear it is quite different to the books.
Any additional comments?
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.
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By justin on 15-07-14
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).
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 :)
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By Erik on 08-08-14
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.
28 of 33 people found this review helpful