Name: The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3)
Author: Blake Crouch
Number of Pages: 294 (ebook)
Published: July 15th 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
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.
The Last Town is the third and final instalment of the Wayward Pines trilogy. As such, this review contains spoilers for things that have gone before, and what a lot went before!…
In the aftermath of the fête and it’s unanticipated revelations David Pilcher apparently reached a new level of cruelty and did some pretty bad things, knowing what was beyond the fence and what would happen. A tense way to end, and a guarantee that I would move swiftly onto book 3.
And so we witness the inevitable carnage and chaos that comes from that decision as the viewpoint switches between the main characters we’ve come to know over the last two books and various people and families who’ve been living in Wayward Pines with no clue about the danger only to meet a grim and gory end.
It’s action from the outset and the pace rarely lets up as residents flee for their lives despite the odds being so stacked against them.
Ethan and Kate do have a plan to try and save as many people as possible, and Ethan also decides to go after Pilcher, the man behind the chaos.
I found this final volume hard to put down, from the non-stop action to the constant wondering how on earth it could all possibly end and whether anyone at all would actually survive. There are no disappointments on the surprises front as even in the latter stages, just when it looks like things might start to calm down, yet more strife and seemingly impossible dilemmas to tackle arise. Right up until the closing stages I had no idea how this whole saga would conclude.
I’ve really enjoyed my first Blake Crouch novels and without giving anything away I wish there was more in this series. Fast-paced, full of action, many twists and turns along the way, I read the whole trilogy really quickly because I couldn’t wait to get back to the story.