“The Last Town” by Blake Crouch (Thomas & Mercer, 2014)

The Last Town
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Warning: This review contains spoilers from the first two books in the series, Pines and Wayward, so if you want to avoid being spoiled don’t read any further; you can also read the reviews for Pines and Wayward.

With the cliffhanger at the end of Wayward all hell has broken loose in the once idyllic town of Wayward Pines, and since the year is 3813 and the world is filled with terrifying creatures that thirst for blood, it gives the term “all hell” a perhaps truer meaning.

The residents of Wayward Pines now know the truth, thanks to former Secret Service agent Ethan Burke. They know the lies they have been told, that the world they thought they knew no longer exists and that they are all in grave danger from the “abnormals” beyond the electrified fence. Only now the man in charge isn’t happy with Burke and has decided to punish the town and sabotage his life-long project by turning off the fences and throwing open the gate.

The abnormals come charging in looking for food and smelling it strongly on the wind. It’s up to Burke as sheriff to bring the town together and protect them however he can. Lives will be sacrificed in large numbers, and the question hanging in the reader’s mind is how Burke is going to firstly deal with all the abnormals, and then secondly continue instilling the will to live in the people now that they know what this world consists of.

The third volume in the Wayward Pines series has a little less explosive reveals than the first two books, but is nevertheless nonstop action with some plot twists the reader never sees coming, as well as a wonder at how it is all going to be resolved at the end.

Originally written on October 5, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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