March 19, 2015
The Last Town, by Blake Crouch
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.
I am sad to say that I have just finished reading the final book in the Wayward Pines series. It took me about 5 days to read all 3 books. I just don’t know what I’m going to do with all my free time now! These books just sucked me in and had me hooked from beginning to end. This final one was particularly exhausting (mentally), due to the non-stop action and not knowing what was around each corner. By this point in the series, the reader really starts to understand the characters, what they’ve been through, what they’re going through, and might even feel, in an obscure way, like they are a member of this small community. I’m going to miss this town, these people, everything. The ending was not what I expected, which made it that much greater. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, a sequel could be in the future. Until then, I look forward to seeing how the upcoming television series compares to the book series.
Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction with breakneck pacing and groundbreaking genre cross-breeding, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.