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.
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I seldom give 5 stars; but this is such a fun dark and imaginative apocalyptic story I almost did... its fun, not amazing, but if you like different takes on apocalypse; its good. listen to the first book first.
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!
It's not often that the follow on books in a series are as good as the first one, but Crouch has pulled it off. Although you could follow this story without reading the first in the series, I wouldn't recommend it. The interactions and background laid out in that work enhance the second. Also key is that they have kept the same narrator who did so well in the first book. Garcia nailed that one, and he does so again here.
I won't describe the book, other than to say it is "future horror", and in this second book, the true villainy of the protagonists come to the forefront. I can't wait to get the final book as the situation the hero is left in at the end of the second book is quite precarious.
So, if you haven't started this series, what are you waiting for?
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.
I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.
I didn't read it, I couldn't stop listening to it.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
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.
this was a great continuation from pines. I can't wait to listen to the final book!
the charachters are great, and the mystery from Pines continues!
the flashbacks to current times
No, it's too intense. My heart couldn't take it again.
Of course, Ted, the surveillance guy.
It totally creeped me out and made me feel as if I was living in Wayward Pines.
Book one was captivating throughout. I knew this would have a lull, but it took too long to get back to the excitement and edgy-ness of book one. the last third of the story is what is bringing me to download book three.
"I thought this would go stale.I was wrong."
I didn't really know where this would go after the thrilling twist at the end of the first instalment, so I took a chance in this and I am really glad I did. The characters and plot line are really believable. I don't usually like Sci-Fi novels, but the way the author has blended this with a crime fiction genre is inspired.
Cant wait for the next instalment.
First book had surprised the life out of me - this one was more than enough to make me download the third book. Was impressed with the character development of the main Pines residents and thankful to get so much of the story. It answered a lot of questions but set up twice as many.
Deeper and much more sinister than the first book. Very much like 1984, but in Wayward Pines, two plus two doesn't equal four; but something far worse. Definitely worth a listen!
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