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.
I had to read this book after I started watching the TV series. Another book that's better than the show but still closely follows the show and gives you more insight as to what's going on!
Extremely well written. This book paints a picture in your mind and you can really visualize the surrounding landscape. The story is intense and not at all what I expected. Half detective story and a little science fiction wrapped in one.
The concept was great but the writing and development of both the characters and the story, itself was sadly lacking. There was too much focus on the violence and not enough on fleshing out of the other elements. I love mystery/thrillers and also light scifi and this book didn't satisfy on any level.
Again, I was very disappointed. There was so much potential for something really interesting.
I checked out this book because of the TV series, which didn't make sense to me. I was hoping that the book would resolve the issues in the dramatized version but it only amplified them.
Several unseen twists and turns in the plot. It took me a bit to get involved with this story but once past the 1/2 way point I was committed to the plot and enjoying the twists.
For me, it falls into the category of the ABC series LOST. The tale gets more complicated and interesting the further you get into it.
If you've been watching the Wayward Pines TV program on FOX and you've been enthralled, read/hear the inspiration of the tale by its author by enjoying the book, too. There are some some differences between the book and the TV program, however, the main events and messages of the story are present.
The book ends in a Michael Crichton quote, which was not surprising. It was obvious that Mr. Crouch has been inspired by his books and messages. If you like Crichton, you'll like Crouch.
(This is the same review for the series)
After watching two episodes of the series I wanted to know what was going on so I ordered this book, and it didn't take long to lock in the rest of the series (So far) because I was hooked very fast. This author can take the reader on a great roller coaster ride as you plow through the story.
This story is quite a bit different than the made for prime time TV version. It's far more intense and far more violent, but also the kind of story that keeps you either reading or listening until you're done. As a trucker this series helped chew up a lot of road.
My only complaint about the series is that it is a series. In reality it's one book made into three books. If you read or listen to the first book, then you're going to want to continue the story with the next two. If someone reads the second or third book first....they're not really stand alone stories. So do yourself a favor and just get all three because once you start the first.....IT'S THE LAW!!!!!!
Suspense, mystery, action, good writing, this book has it all! Great surprise ending with a combination of sci-fi and The Twilight Zone, yet perfectly plausible. Ready for Book 2!
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