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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both are in my top 25. Original, thought-provoking and suspenseful.
Sorry, no spoilers!
Yes. The story flows with just right mix of suspense and action. It would probably be best if you read Pines first. I really liked Pines and Book Two might actually be better.
It's in the top 10%. It is a great thriller that kept me very captivated and on the edge of my seat.
Ethan....the story pretty much follows his activities....it's hard to get a real feel for the other characters emotions and thoughts....they are more on the surface where Ethans character provides a wealth of depth.
Great performer. Originally what brought me to this book was thinking he performed the Da Vinci code and other Dan Brown books. I was mistaken but very well pleased in my error.
No extreme reaction. It however did have me craving more and anticipating the arrival of book 3 in the series to see where this saga goes next.
I might because it is an interesting story well-woven.
I might compare it loosely to Stephen King's The Stand only because it has an apocalyptic feel with potential for rebirth.
He held my interest although sometimes the voices were inconsistent. Overall, though, good narration.
Wayward: what you don't know can tear you apart.
I can't believe I have to wait until mid-July for the third (and final?) book in this series (which I have already pre-ordered at Amazon - Will there be an Audible version release at the same time????). I don't know where Blake Crouch is going to take us and the residents of Wayward Pines, but I am greatly anticipating the discovery!!!!
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