So I dug into the third and final book of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy, The Last Town. And once again, I was struck how all three books could have made for three separate and amazing seasons on television, instead of being chopped up into one ten episode season.
I mean, the first book you can set up the town, introduce some secondary characters, and draw out the actual mystery of the town. Season 2, is a completely different beast, you know the reality that the town exists in, and debate on whether Ethan is going to keep that secret along with the introduction of the murder mystery aspect of it. And then, boom, season 3 would have been a whole new thing again, once again, we know the town, but now, everything has changed, and has become a literal fight for survival (imagine that dragged out over an eight or ten episode season, especially with attention paid to all the secondary characters introduced in the first season… oh well).
That being said, I really dug reading these books. The mystery of what is actually going on in the first book, the revelations at the end of it, and the way they impact everything in the second, leading to the revolution that begins, and culminates in the third book.
Ethan is put in a tough place, as now, the power to the town has been turned off, the fences are no longer electrified, and the threat from beyond it is now in the town, hunting, and killing.
Add that to the personal issues that show up in the form of his wife, Theresa’s, former lover, Brad, returns to Wayward Pines, after a years long scouting trip beyond the fence.
Every thing plays out fast, tightly written, and with emotional punch. The novel just rollicks along, and I think I read this one even faster than the previous two. The terrifying moments, both the physical and the emotional, are crafted and have a profound effect on events, characters, and the reader.
I also love the one sentence epilogue that finishes the novel, and leaves you wondering what next…
Beneath the surface of this slick, and highly enjoyable series, lay some serious questions about extinction, survival, and what would you do, and what would be acceptable. I’m well aware that Jenkins is the true villain of the piece, but I almost wish he hadn’t done some of the things he had, and perhaps made his character a little greyer, so the reader could relate strongly to both sides of the argument.
That being said, I like Crouch’s writing style a lot, and I will be looking forward to whatever he comes up with next, and perhaps I’ll even go back and hunt up some of his previous work.
And if you saw the series, and even remotely liked it, pick up the novels and take the full ride!