Review: The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch

The last time we saw Wayward Pines, all hell was breaking loose…..literally! The abbys had arrived in town and everything was in complete and utter chaos.

Ethan Burke called David Pilcher’s bluff and told the residents of Wayward Pines what the town really was and in retaliation, Pilcher opened the gates and let the abbys in. Now the town is under attack and there is no way to stop the abbys.

With humanity down to only 400 people, there aren’t that many people to ‘spare’ and with the abbys making short work of the remaining towns people, Ethan hopes to find a way to stop the abbys and save the residents of Wayward Pines before it’s too late!

Armed with only a few weapons and residents with little combat or shooting knowledge, the odds are against Ethan but he isn’t willing to give up his family or his life just yet.

This book is different from the others because it has many different POVs. While I thought that offered an interesting perspective, I would have liked to have had it limited to only a couple. For instance, in the beginning there are many different towns people that tell us about their experiences with the abbys and it was about two too many of those for my taste. Three would have gotten the point across.

There were minor things that were a little rough around the edges for me, the POVs being one, but over all this book was very fitting and a great way to end the series and I’ll tell you why. I loved that Crouch didn’t have a ‘conventional happy ending’ waiting in the wings.

I was actually kind of holding out hope since book II kind of gave us a little glimmer of hope, but as this book went on I was like there is no way there is a happy ending or even a fitting ending for this book! But I was impressed with how things came together and resolved. It fit with the genre and ultimately was just about the only option. I was really impressed with that piece.

Part of me would liked to have seen somethings different, such as the relationship between Ethan, Theresa, Kate, and Adam but overall I felt satisfied with their stories.

The other two books I read in about a day or two, but this book took me a little longer, not because it was slow or not as engaging as the others, but mostly due to time restraints. It flowed just as fast as the other books and could easily have been read in one or two sittings. The writing style is straight forward and easy to read. It’s snappy and moves along quick and keeps the reader engaged and wondering what’s going to happen next.

The way the book ended definitely left it open for future books so it makes me wonder if this is really ‘the end’ for Wayward Pines.

This is a perfect summer, by the pool, long weekend read. It will keep readers interested and wondering how humanity will survive in a post apocalyptic world with only a few weapons, limited food supplies, a man man controlling their lives, and an electric fence to keep out the monsters who now control the world.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: The Last Town (Wayward pines #3) by Blake Crouch

  • Kindle Edition, 285 pages
    Published July 15th 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
    ASIN B00GUU9262
  • Review copy provided by: Personal Collection

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: Dystopia, post apocalyptic, sci fi, horror, thriller

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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