"Pines" works well as the starting point for the Wayward Pines series. I would have actually given it a 3.5 were the option available plus, the book is an entertaining read on its own.
In "Pines,"We are introducted to Ethan Burke, the story's protagonist, as he awakes in the hospital, delirious and confused, in the town of Wayward Pines. As his memories slowly return, we learn that Ethan is a special agent in the Secret Service and has come to town in order to investigate the disappearance of two of his fellow agents a month earlier. But something is off in Wayward Pines. Speakers hidden in bushes play the sound of crickets chirping. All food is sold fresh, nothing pre-packaged. And most disturbing, an electrified fence encircles the town trapping everyone within its borders...or perhaps keeping something else out. And for some reason the people of Wayward Pines seem to be conspiring against Ethan, seemingly in an effort to drive him mad. Or, perhaps he is simply a paranoid delusional personality?
"Pines" is certainly worth a credit if no other reason than it is necessary in order the read its fantastic sequel, "Wayward." As I said, the book is an entertaining enough on its own but the follow-up is certainly superior. Read this...so you can read that.
Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
Ok, it was only $4.95, but the few good parts are highly derivative; the bad parts (for example all the parts where the main character is confused; having flashbacks; or getting punched out or otherwise physically assaulted) are too long, repetitive, and just basically not very interesting. Kind of like in one of those movies that never really make it to a theater. I really tried, but after three hours I don't care about the cardboard main character or what may or may not be going on. So I'm returning it, but writing this review first because the last time I returned a book before writing a review I wasn't able to write the review because the book was no longer in my library.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Wow, I just read a James Lee Burke book and this one blew it out of the water in so far as storyline and narration, I could not stop listening. Fantastic story about a man and his relentless need for freedom and answers, all the while fighting several personal inner daemons. The content and non stop action was at times, a real nail biter. The mystery is not revealed until the very end, and boy what an ending, so very imaginative. I could not come up with any viable guesses as to what in the heck could bring this story all together but Blake Crouch brought it home with a real bang. The characters were real and I found myself rooting for the fiercely, resilient main character. Paul Garcia's narration was outstanding.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Amnesia? PSTD? Mental illness? Head injury? Cryogenics? None of the above? This book kept me guessing all the way until the last 30 minutes! An enjoyable read about what some say are not such improbable consequences of our modern way of life. The narration was soothing and perfectly paced. . . great story and great narration.
Down in the lower 50%.
I found the main character, who is supposed to be a CIA guy, pretty unbelievable. He didn't seem to have much savvy about him and did and said things that made me very frustrated with him. The end was a nice twist but, as a bit of a scifi fan, it seemed a bit naive.
I thought Paul did a good job.
Groundhog day meets the Stepford wives
First, the protagonist suffers way too much physical harm and deprivation. No human being could endure the trauma, the physical and psychological stress, and be immediately available to handle the next similar crisis.
The second concern was how the author assumed that technology would protect humans near the end of the book but there was no mention as to how technology would continue to provide functional helicopters and automobiles in the same New World.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
This audiobook was so frustrating! It's supposed to be, of course, but about half way through I was just really sick of not knowing what was going on at all. The big reveal seems to come a little too late and a little too prepackaged for me. However, the characters are interesting - even the ones I hated - and my interest is piqued enough to keep going with the series.
The narrator was fine, but not my favourite. His character voices were really excellent, but I didn't enjoy his narration of the story -the non-speaking parts.