Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…
©2012 Blake Crouch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
No, I both read the book and watched the series on TV. It was enough
Possibly if I had not seen the TV series the plot would have caught me. Knowing the plot ahead of time I felt the story was moving slowly.
The last chapter when the plot revealed itself.
Moving on to the second in the series.
The attraction to this story is the unsettling and creepy feeling surrounding this quaint small town. The protagonist doesn't know if he's losing his mind after suffering trauma from a car accident or if there's something wrong with this town. There are some unexplained, supernatural events. He questions his sanity again and then reminds himself that there is something wrong with this town.
I found the story excruciatingly slow as the protagonist encounters endless obstacles. And instead of getting answers as the story progresses, the mystery only deepens. For some readers, the writing style probably creates a drawn out suspense. For me, it felt like pages and pages of minutiae - the protagonist taking a step, feeling the pain at the back of his head, and breathing hard. It's as if the story (31 chapters of it) was created just for the big reveal in the last two chapters.
At first I didn't like the narrator or the writing but both grew on me. By the end I came to really like how the narration was done. The early pace is nothing short of frustrating. Then it picks up. Then it turns into a horror movie. Eventually all is explained and I found myself feeling like I was finishing the pilot to a Scifi original series. If you're that kind of nerd then you'll probably like this. Just get through the first fifth of the book. It gets a lot better very suddenly.
I really loved this book and the performance. it was well paced and intriguing. my only annoyance is that there are frequent situations when sentence structure is off a little bit that make it feel almost like nails on a chalk board. instead of saying something like "he opened the cupboard and, finding nothing, searched the nearby fridge" it'll say "opened the cupboard, nothing"..."opened the fridge, nothing" ... "lost, where to go"... etc. There's no connecting words to tie sentences together. it just feels very staccato and halting at times rather than flowing smoothly. but it's a minor gripe, nothing that should dissuade a reader from choosing this audio book for their monthly credit.
Great storyline. Drags on a bit but I was not expecting the plot ending. Nothing gave away the fact that this was a futurist story. The performance was well done.
Retired from academia and business, I am living in Guatemala. Few public libraries, not much access to books written in English. Audible!!
I really liked the first 3/4 of this story. Very suspenseful. Who is this person, why is he here, why do some people help and others are terrible obstacles. Then for me, it got off track from good suspense into strange Sci-fi. No spoilers from me, but be prepared to be thrown off your stride. I felt like the ending was almost a desperation move. Now what do I do?? Overall, a good story.
Yes, i would.
its an audible book to be played in the car. there were a few occasions I lingered a little longer in the car to listen.
The chapters with the Abbie's chasing Ethan!
When Beverly was killed indescriminately
I had a hard time with it the first time, Because I thought it was just another Zombie plot, but crouch goes a lot broader with his dystopian query in this series. The only question I have is whether there would even be a Sun warm enough to sustain life on this rock, as far I to the future as he has this story set.
Main character Ethan is the hook that keeps you reading.
Say something about yourself!
I had to start this over about 1/3 of the way in because I was soooo confused. Glad I stuck with it but as my headline said I will have to listen to part 2 and 3 in order to decide if I liked it or not. Maybe just too far out of my comprehension to appreciate.
a great story with a glitch on science and psychology but entertaining. I got disengaged in the middle and was almost more interested in the military side story but by the end I got hooked again. I might get the next book if I'm still interested in a week. the one part I didn't like is the town's collective reaction to a certain event. (don't want to spoil the story here) that was more than unrealistic week and unnecessary, although I'm sure many would find it entertaining like unnecessary nudity or violence in movies
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