The Last Town. (Anglais) Broché – 15 juillet 2014
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The third book in the internationally bestselling series that inspired the Fox TV show.
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.
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Blake Crouch is an internationally bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a top-rated 2015 television series for FOX, on which M. Night Shyamalan served as executive producer. With Chad Hodge, he also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. Crouch’s novel, Dark Matter, has been optioned by Sony Pictures, and he is currently at work on the screenplay. Crouch has written more than a dozen novels, which have been translated into over thirty languages, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado.
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Et comme d'habitude, il nous colle en dernière page une conclusion tellement étonnante que... J'achèterai le prochain, juste pour savoir s'il est passé du vide à l'invraisemblable voire au grotesque, où s'il a réussi un rebond avec une seconde idée spectaculaire. L'espoir fait vivre, c'est d'ailleurs une des leçons de ce tome.
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I like the way the characters continue to be developed here and I really liked the build-up with the relationships as well. All of the elements work so well together! But, I have to admit that this isn't the strongest book in the trilogy - the ending isn't as satisfying as I had hoped it would be... but I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Crouch in the future!
Sheriff Ethan Burke is confronting the catastrophe he triggered when he told the people of Wayward Pines the truth about how and why they came to live in this seemingly idyllic little town. As we now know, the megalomaniac who built the place had kidnapped the people who became its residents. His name was David Pilcher. When Ethan defied him by disclosing his secrets, he reacted by cutting off all the power and other services to Wayward Pines. Even worse, Pilcher opened the gate to the outside world and cut off the power to the electrified fence that kept the carnivorous “abbies” away from the town. Wracked with guilt, Ethan now faces his greatest challenge. He must lead the townspeople to safety in the face of what will surely be a murderous invasion by hundreds if not thousands of abbies. If Ethan fails to act, it’s a certainty that the entire population will be eaten alive by invaders.
Working with his former Secret Service partner (and former lover), Kate Ballinger, Ethan organizes the people of Wayward Pines in an attempt to escape the abbies. Meanwhile, he forces his way into the vast artificial cavern carved into the mountain where Pilcher and his staff of 140 had maintained the services that kept the town functioning — and managed the universal surveillance system that intruded on even the most intimate moments of their lives.
As the abbies pour into town and devour those who insisted on returning to their homes, Ethan makes his way ever deeper into Pilcher’s mountain lair. There he learns that he and the survivors in town face an even greater challenge than surviving an invasion of monsters.
Like the two novels that preceded it in this trilogy, The Last Town is written with consummate skill. The story drives forward at a blistering pace, maintain suspense and surprise until the very end. This is a first-class science fiction thriller. There’s not a whole lot of that around.
Unfortunately, this leads to non-novels; to books that are really a novel cut into roughly equal portions, hooked together by a cliffhanger and then an seamless pick up from the cliffhanger in the next book. I jumped from Pines to The Last Town because I thought that The Last Town would enter into the territory of Season 2 of the miniseries. It doesn't by the way. This book – Wayward – is part of the Wayward Pines trilogy, composed of Wayward, Pines and The Last Town. These books have been turned into the Wayward Pines summer television miniseries, starring Matt Dillon. The first season covers these books. The second season represents a major departure from the novel (novellas?). Actually, the reader who has seen the miniseries is in for some surprises as the television production made substantial changes in characters and backstories.
Although the secrets of Wayward Pines are probably known to most everyone after the miniseries, I still don’t want to give away the big reveal, which is what kept me speed reading through this book, even though I had seen the show.
I did enjoyed this book, but, honestly, I was not deeply invested in it. I was mostly interested in seeing how it would end. Nonetheless, it was fast pace and suspenseful, albeit the characters were a bit too two-dimensional and most of the book was taken up in the action element of dealing with the Abbie incursion - what in Season 2 is called "Invasion Day," albeit Season 2 of the miniseries is a total departure from the novels.
The story opens with former Secret Service agent Ethan Burke dealing with his decision in the last book - Wayward - to save Kate and Harold's life from a "fete" by telling the town the truth. Pilcher retaliates by shutting off the electric fence and opening the gate. 85% of the book, thereafter, is simply the townsfolk running away from the Abbies. There are back-stories that explain some of the mysteries and relationships in the story. We also get scenes of Burke's old boss, Hassler, making his way back to town. Burke's aim is to have a show-down with Pilcher, which he does and then we learn some more information, setting up the next "hook" for the next instalment.
You can tell that this "novel" is actually part of a single novel that was "meat-cleavered" into its own stand-alone book. If you come to this book without having read the prior books - and although I have seen the mini-series, I did not read the middle-book - the opening is jarring because, after an introduction with Pilcher stepping outside of the Arc for the first time, this book simply picks up from the events of the night before - the fete - without pause, as if it was just the next chapter in a single novel. I would have been completely lost if I didn't have the background of the miniseries.
Nonetheless, the story clipped along nicely. The problems were presented and resolved in journeyman fashion. The characters seemed fairly two-dimensional. This is a classic bit of summer reading/escapist fare.
I have to confess, though, that I am interested in what happens after Ethan opens his eyes after the last line of the book.
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