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.
It's too hard to keep track of. The story is all over the place with flashbacks. Sometimes those flashbacks just don't contribute to the story. It takes too long to get going, but is good once it finally does.
try wool trilogy instead for a better take on the same theme - the writing and plot wobble in this book we're almost too much to bear. i stuck with it to see if the final reveal would at least be creative enough to justify the writing...it was not.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
I have tried several times to listen to this novel and each time I get unbearably bored with it in about a quarter of an hour.
this story's main character is the worlds worst Federal SS agent. The last half of the book is all a long chase scene that was full of holes and not believable. (ie: if you're running for your life and stumble on a weapon, you don't leave it. Nope, you just dont, sorry.)
The SF elements I liked and they could have served as basis for a good book, but ended up as a weird mashup that didnt work for me. All the ptsd flashback "Blackhawk Down" torture stuff just takes away from what could have been a much better story. And, there was way too much of it. To me it added zero to the story.
final thoughts: it's a so-so SF book with action aspects.
Seeking the Truth
Excellently narrated by the gifted Paul Garcia. The first two-thirds of the novel is an interesting mystery, kept moving along quickly by the narrator. The last third of the story? Not so good. Science fiction takes over completely, and nothing original -- nothing we haven't all read before in another context -- occurs. The let-down continues through to the ending, and the reader knows exactly what will happen long before the last word is spoken.
The premise really has potential, but the way it was written feels like: questions, chase scene, questions, more chasing, more questions and endless chasing until at the end the answers are basically spoon fed & narrated to the protagonist (and thus the reader). It was a struggle to finish this one and by the end I was just rolling my eyes at every new chase scene and inevitable injury. There were also very vivid descriptions of violence and torture. I will not be reading the rest of this trilogy.
The plot on the future of the world can be quite frightening. Well performed by Paul Michael Garcia. The protagonist, Ethan was fantastic, his determination to escape Wayward Pines kept me awake to finish the story. At the beginning it was a bit tough to understand exactly what was going on with Ethan. It was at the end when was e truth was revealed that it became clear. Amazing! I will go on to book two.
This book has some great reviews but I can't seem to understand why. If you're 12 or 14 years old I can see it being exciting but as an adult this story seems to be poorly written. The story doesn't add up at all and the hollow characters quickly become boring.
Avid reader and listener. Especially (but not just) urban fantasy and romance
My feeling is this: I really hate to waste a credit, so. I. am. finishing. this. book.
The story-line is a good one and I still think it's full of awesome possibilities. However, here I am. Two years later and still trying to trudge through. I do feel compelled to reach out, though, so you out there know what your getting into.
For me, one of the main problems with the novel is the way the writer just keeps piling up one hopeless situation onto another without giving the reader room to breath. Personally, I enjoy the ups and downs in a story. That's what keeps me interested and invested into the characters. If you're with me, you might find this book too much of a sad, sad thing.
The main character is portrayed as a proverbial dead man walking. Is it really only about 8 hours long? It seems like it has been forever.
I must confess that I myself feel stuck in Wayward Pines. Very postmodern.
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