Book Banter: The Last Town

last-townTitle: The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3)

Author: Blake Crouch

Genre: Sci-fi/thriller

Length: 285 pages

Where Bethany’s copy came from: IndyPL

Plot Basics: After Ethan Burke, former Secret Service agent and now Sheriff of Wayward Pines, tells the residents the terrible truth about the town, they end up in an all-out struggle for their survival.

Banter Points: This story starts right after the end of book 2. This is always nice to see in a series, where the author keeps the action going and doesn’t have to fill in the backstory the reader missed because of a time jump.

Bummer Points: I hate giving things bad reviews. But Last Town, for me, turned out to be a cocktail of most of the things I dislike in books (writing styles) or plot pieces.

First, head-hopping when no one sounds different. There was no distinguishing the voices of the characters. Head-hopping only gave Crouch the ability to tell a story playing out in multiple places.

Second. The choppy sentence fragments. This drove me crazy in the first book, but then it got better in book 2 so I had hope going in. But Last Town was as bad, if not worse, that the first one.
All the paragraphs.
That read like this.
To build tension.

Third. Destruct-o monsters. The abbies were mostly like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. There to eat people, as gruesomely as possible and cause destruction. I know they were there to provide tension, but I didn’t really think anybody important was every in true danger. This, I think, was a literary example of fake-awesome.

Fourth: The epilogue. For all the people that whined about the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it’s got nothing on this one. My disbelief was stretched very thin by that point and it completely eradicated any believeability left to me.

Word Nerd Recommendation: There are gobs of 4 or 5 star reviews on Goodreads. They made this series into a TV show. My recommendation is read at your own risk.


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