This book forms the finale of the Wayward Pines series. It’s been a while since I read the previous 2 books but as I was going on holiday thought it would be a perfect quick read for the airport and the plane. I wasn’t wrong to be fair, I did manage to read it quite quickly but I also had to take some breaks whilst reading it. This is also the first book I borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited store as I won a free subscription to it (thanks MacDonald’s!) and I wanted to see what the fuss was about.
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
So right off the bat we’re thrown back into Wayward Pines “where paradise is home”. There was a fete and two prominent characters from the previous book were about to be killed. Kate and Howard were to be made an example of for breaking the towns rules, but sheriff Burke has other plans. He had told the town the truth about their situation, about living in the last town on earth and what was beyond the walls. The town didn’t like it, and Pilcher, self made god, definitely didn’t like it and threw open the gates and flooded the town with Abbies – aka a gruesome death for all.
The Last Town is the survival flick from that action. We have Ethan, Theresa and Ben trying to survive. Sometimes together, mostly apart. We are thrown in with random town members as they are slaughtered in various different ways. We are introduced in greater detail to the Nomad, who he is but not really his purpose except to make complicated the relationship between Ethan and Theresa. Pilcher’s descent into madness and subsequent ending was just as horrific really as having a fete.
As much as I enjoyed reading about these final hours of Wayward Pines I was a bit put out by a couple of things: there wasn’t an awful lot of characterisation as such in this book. Perhaps it’s because we already had an established set of characters but everyone, including Ethan Burke sort of melded into a single consciousness rather than distinct voices.
Also; Ben was supposed to be like 12 years old. He was definitely written with a much younger personality, maybe 6 or 7 – and that was in the short amount of time he was actually in the book for.
I suppose overall it was a good foray into the world but I got a bit frustrated with the way Crouch wrote things, wherein whole sentences became a paragraph on their own but not really in a necessary way. Perhaps this was done to build a sense of speed, of zooming to that final conclusion.
Speaking of the conclusion it didn’t end as I had expected. There was no overcoming of the Abbie’s, no happily ever after to speak of. The final act for these people who had no choice in this world… was to go back to sleep and ignore the problem in the vain hope it would go away. The epilogue, if you could call it that, was a one liner which leaves the series open to more sequels (and also, strikes me as a bit lazy but that’s just my opinion). In light of that I would like there to not be another series – leave it to lay in peace here.
The ending is different to the first TV series ‘Wayward Pines’ and I liked that, I just didn’t expect it. Now that I have read the books I may have to go and rewatch the series.
Next book review will be for ‘Children of Ruin’
What are you reading at the moment? Any recommendations?