Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise. Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He's sheriff and one of the few who knows the truth: Wayward Pines isn't just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone's imagining.
©2013 Blake Crouch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The story is amazing, and really makes you think; "What would I do with this information?"
Nothing comes to mind, you might compare it to a Twilight Zone episode... LOL
Listen to him narrate "Pines' the first book in this trilogy. I'm glad they are sticking with him, great job.
F.S.A (Future State of America)... corny, but I'm feeling pressured to come up with something quick so I can finish this review....
Um, nothing other than, this series is AWESOME.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This is part II of a 3-part series about Wayward Pines, an odd-little town in Idaho which is either Heaven or Hell. Both part I ("Pines") and this one are creepy, tension-filled mysteries.
I HIGHLY recommend both, but I recommend that you WAIT to buy either one.
Because author Crouch's part III has not been released yet, and may not be available until spring 2014. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You will want to read all three, very quickly and in order, because you will want to know what happens next.
This series is a real nail-biter.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
In the first book, my review was positive, but it didn’t start out that way. I listened longer and my opinion of the first book improved immensely. With that in mind I purchase the second book, hoping with all the positive reviews that it only gets better. But again I’m 2 hours into the book and wondering should I finish. After finally finishing this book I'm irritated, it's just like what all the other reviewers are saying, there is no ending. It just stops right at the climax of the story. I don't mind trilogies but you need to at least finish a part of the story to end a book. I also feel that the characters are not overly developed and I know I would have been one of the towns folk that was immediately terminated, because I wouldn’t stand to be a stepford wife. I don't like the way the relationship is heading with Teresa/Ethan/Adam thing. I'm not sure I will purchase the next book. So my suggestion is buy this if it is on sale but only if you liked the first book really well.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Pines reminded many, including myself, of The Twilight Zone. This reminded me a lot of The Prisoner. For you younger readers, the Prisoner was a great sixties series, involving a similar town as Wayward and lots of paranoia. I thought this was almost as good as book 1 and certainly better then the middle book in most trilogies. You learn more in this book about what it is like to live in a paranoid society, such as North Korea. This book has it's own separate mystery from book one and there was not a boring chapter, paragraph or sentence.
There has been a lot of talk about the ending to this book. Yes, it does end with a dilemma, but it is a new problem. It is not a problem at anytime earlier in the book, it is a new situation. This is a stand alone book, except I would suggest reading Pines first, only cause it is so good.
I will be getting book 3 and reading more Crouch.
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Okay I listen to books with a somewhat hindered attention span and I found both of Blake Crouch's book easy to follow, this being said any book that I don't have to rewind five thousand times gets at least a three. I really enjoyed this two part saga however I found the characters rather one dimensional and lack luster hence the three on story line.
The author did a good job of catching my attention I don't feel that he added any insight into life although I don't feel that was his intent. He writes a decent thriller.
Nothing he did a great job enhancing the overall experience of the book a good narrator and can make a book or break it. This guy made it in my opinion.
I think just about anybody would find this book fairly entertaining Blake Crouch is a mix of Harlan Coben mixed with James Patterson not to bad.
Yes, never lets up.
The ending . . . what a cliff-hanger, quite chilling in its possibilities . . . is there another book?
Yes, and lost sleep over it.
Read Pines first, the two books are really one. Worth the credits, though.
I'm glad I listened to the audiobook rather than read the print version. I so badly wanted to know how things work out that I am sure I would have flipped to the ending and scanned backwards (I know, no self-discipline). This way I enjoyed both the journey and the arrival at destination.
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I'm not as impressed with this sequel to "Pines" as I was hoping for.
I kept waiting for something to happen that would bring me back to the suspense of the first book, however, the first half is taken up with getting the reader acquainted with the characters and attempting a re-cap of what happened before. The second half didn't live up to my expectations either, but there was a bit more action.
**Listen to "Pines" first --there is too much information you miss in the 2nd book.
Very difficult to write an adequate review for this book without spoilers. The Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke, has been made the new sheriff in town. He still doesn't agree with the town folk being watched 24/7 as there are hidden cameras and video links in all homes, streets and businesses. Also, everyone must have a chip implanted so they can be monitored at all times. However, he has been given a look at what is outside the electrified fence that surrounds the town--and knows it to be far worse than what anyone expects. Of course some of the people don't believe there is any danger, and they are never really told the truth-- so they escape--but they never return. For those who try to escape, but don't succeed, their fate is just as gruesome.
I didn't know this was going to be a trilogy when I listened to "Pines," and now that I have started, I probably will have to listen to book 3 as we are left with a BIG cliffhanger in book 2. Seems everybody has to do a trilogy these days, and it isn't always successful. The trilogy "The Strain" is a good example of the first book being great, and it went downhill from there. I'm going to hold out for a better conclusion with "Wayward Pines."
A big plus is the narrator--he does a great job.
**Note**I understand this is being made into a tv series for 2014, which I could see as being pretty good IF it is well done. However, I usually don't find that to be the case in "made for tv" mini series.
I would have gone another 5 stars, but the absent ending and the lose ends everywhere, kinda got my hackles up. The first novel seems to have an end, so if you would not like to continue, it's ended for that episode. This book just stops at a point, that really needs to proceed. A new character, that could be a real problem is brought in, and what happens to an old character is left a mystery.
That being said, I did enjoy the book. The first part seemed slow, with catch up from "Pines", but did pick up with plenty of background on the making of the town being filled in. Ethan figures things out, and believes he has a solution for the townspeople who just exist, in this planned life. His plan is a dangerous one and could put everyone in jeopardy. It's suspenseful and nerve wracking...the makings for a good thriller.
Maybe, wait for book 3 before listening to this, if cliffhangers drive you crazy.
Excellent follow-up to the previous novel, Pines. A great mix of mystery, horror and a bit of sci-fi.
Ethan Burke is now sheriff to the idyllic mountain town of Wayward Pines. The town that no one can leave and few know what lies outside its electrified fence. Many inhabitants secretly want to leave. But careful of what you wish for because if the Stepford life is not for you, the world outside presents a hell that is even far worst.
Blake Crouch does an excellent job of conveying the frustration Ethan and his wife have in communicating to each other when they know they and all the people of this town are under constant surveillance and the wrong thing said or done could mean a death sentence. No matter how horrible their day is they always see each other at dinner and force a smile and say their day was good and life is good but underneath is the seething discomfort at not being able to tell the truth to each other. The torment of going to dinner to a neighbor's home and not being able to talk about much more than the weather and vegetables and then the long awkward silences. Ethan is frustrated that he has to lie to new arrivals about life in Wayward Pines, telling him to read the manual. He sees the confusion that he confronted on his arrival in their faces and is bursting to tell him the truth but he cannot. There is also a murder mystery that Sheriff Burke has to solve at the core of this story which reveals the true nature of a key character.
I did not think that the writer could pull off a sequel after the big reveal at the end of the first book but he did. I think this book, although not as mysterious as the first was as good if not better than the first book. And the ending is a great cliffhanger. On to the third book!
I admit I had no idea until I read a review that I was reading a trilogy. I would have figured it out, though, after book 2, Wayward Pines, as there wasn't a definitive ending. In fact, the whole shebang could have ended with this book with the future of humanity looking rather bleak, but it would have been very unsatisfying. However, as it's not the end of the tale, I am very eager for the final book. I love the narrator - the characters are clear and he uses rate effectively throughout.
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