This review is going to keep spoilers to a minimum.
Having read the first book, I didn't expect to read the complete trilogy, however, by a random chance, a Reddit comment on the series being interpreted as sole big book convinced me to read the other two books. Having read both in around two weeks, I can see that all three books are just episodes, and should be interpreted as a much larger work. This is definitely the case for book 2, 'Wayward', as it felt like a filler for the third and final instalment, 'The last town'.
'Wayward' starts off like a melodrama. Things turn to normality in Wayward Pines, if you can call it that. Everything is calm and progressing at a leisurely pace, till a murder transforms the story to a who-done-it. New characters are introduced but get little highlight while the sociopathic characters are more drawn out and written with cold malice. Subplots feel less rewarding. The twists they offer are predictable. The Hassler storyline is set up to reunite the characters but it goes nowhere and fizzles out, it felt forced and unnecessary. The conclusion of the subplot isn't satisfied till the end of the third book. The ending was built up with fast passed chapters but what followed was a less than dramatic conclusion, concluding that the pacing and structure let the narrative down. Negative aspects aside, it was okay, the mix of genres made for an entertaining light read but its sole purpose was to build up to the next book.
The third book in the trilogy, 'The last town', forgetting the Twin Peaks influences it started as a fast passed horror-thriller, with blood and guts, some mad max elements, then a "four-way love square" ensues. Blake Crouch really does pound in the melodrama. The ideas present in the science fiction elements are intelligent and entertaining so I can overlook the over the top relationships of the characters -mostly looking at the two-dimensional obsessive-creep character, Adam Hassler. The conclusion was fitting, but I would read the fourth hypothetical book. Does this mean I'll watch the cancelled tv show, no, probably not. Even with the brilliant Toby Jones, it looks too different, too far the source material. I rather watch Twin Peaks.