First thing’s first: I have no clue how they’re going to make this a television series with a shelf life longer than three seasons. Hell, two seasons are going to be pushing it. Three books were perfect, but you could probably fit all of the novels into two seasons.
Now to discuss this final book. It was awesome. One helluva thrill ride with an ending I didn’t see coming. You’ll probably see the ending coming a mile away, but I was so engrossed with the tale that I couldn’t picture the outcome I received. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Blake Crouch put me there. His writing is seemingly effortless, and you just kinda glide along. It’s easy to get lost in Wayward Pines, and I suggest you allow yourself to become hypnotized. You’ll have much more fun.
Before I continue, I must make note of one scene that I simply fucking adored. There’s this lady playing solitaire while her house is being invaded by monsters. The monster is screeching at her, and she’s steadily telling it to stop being rude, to mind its manners in her home. The resulting scene is hilarious. I was crying, I was laughing so hard. I don’t know if Blake meant for this scene to be that funny, but it hit me in the right spot at the right moment. Bravo.
I had a damn good time with this series, and I feel this final book was a fitting end. I could have done without the Rick , Shane, and Lori love story, but it’s a minor gripe. If you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead you probably won’t get that reference, so I apologize. Just know that there’s unneeded love-triangle shenanigans afoot here and it annoyed me enough to gripe about it.
This series made me feel like a kid again. It had all the mystery, action, and carnage Little E. sought in his entertainment. I will watch the M. Night Shigellosis TV series with trepidation. I honestly do not see him being involved in anything worth more than a squirt of piss, and I’m almost certain he will somehow suck all the fun out of this cool concept, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Finally, a note on the audiobooks. Paul Michael Garcia is a fantastic narrator. His performance in this series is no different. I highly recommend anything PMG performs, and especially recommend the Wayward Pines series.
In summation: Yeah, I loved this journey, but your mileage might vary. I will say I loved it so much I hope that there are more books, even though I know they would be forced. I recommend this series to anyone looking to feel like a kid again, anyone wanting to have that sense of awe and astonishment, that feeling of an adventure started and a journey accomplished. But, dude, honestly, it’s just really fucking cool.
Final Judgment: Eat it! Eat it! Eat it!