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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The narrator once again, is excellent and I really appreciated the continuity of keeping the same voice from book one in this series - so many times there will be a switch and it just ruins the flow and feel. He carries the tension, stress and sense of building frustration exactly right for the pace of the story.
Wayward picks up exactly where the first book left off and brings us much more background information on David Pilcher, Pam, and the inside workings of the Mountain compound. Personally, I found this much more fascinating than the day to day frustrations and stress of the townspeople down in Wayward Pines. We knew Pilcher was no angel from book one, but now we know the real level of his crazy and egomania. I must say though, I came away from book two honestly wanting to just backhand Theresa Burke more than once. She is whiny, selfish, obnoxious, weak and it's no wonder Ethan Burke always found Kate attractive and fell in love with her in their former lives. Here's her husband telling her that things in Pines are the way they are for very good reasons and he has seen the dangers on the other side of the fence himself. He tells her everything and her response is she would prefer to kill herself and their child rather than live in this town another day?
Beyond that recurring issue throughout the book (Theresa's general worthlessness) I thought this was a very strong middle book for a trilogy and I immediately downloaded book three - I MUST know what happens! Especially with Agent Hasslar out there in the wild.
I loved the suspense, mystery and twists in this book and series. You'll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Recall Book 1: "The town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, is the last trace of human civilization on earth, built by billionaire David Pilcher to preserve the human race. Having discovered that Wayward Pines is a town inhabited by people suspended in animation for 1,800 years, Ethan Burke attempts to escape, survives, and is made sheriff by Pilcher – a job which Ethan reluctantly does to ensure the safety of his family."
David Pilcher's daughter is discovered dead and it is Ethan's job to determine "whodunit". Pilcher blames a secret society of townspeople. I found this book to be a surprising interlude in the story of Wayward Pines, it wasn't how I expected things to go. I enjoyed it!
The plot gets a little thicker in this sequel, including more insights into the world outside of Wayward Pines. I think what keeps me from giving this story a higher rating is the characters themselves. Ethan's wife is pathetic and not at all how I think any woman in her shoes would act or react to her circumstances. Ethan is a rather insensitive jerk in many instances and his wife is either naive or stupid. Pam is a far fetched version of a woman that is such a stretch from reality I'm having trouble buying it. Essentially, the women in this story are nothing that exists in the real world. I think the writer goes too far in either the naive 1950's version or else the Bridget Fonda action star type, but lacks a true female persona in his mix of characters. Also, way too many pointless f-words. The foul language starts to feel annoying and distracting, and the way Pam drops the f-bombs is so stupid. It's triple what it was in the first book. These annoyances aside, I do like the world and the imagination of this story. Feels like The Walking Dead if the man in charge was a megalomaniac and not a family loving sheriff. Also, I like the Hassler twist and the reveal at the end. It gives me hope that in the next book Teresa won't be so one dimensional and annoying.
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Wayward gives the reader a deeper insight into life in Wayward Pines. We learn a little more about the inner workings, interpersonal relationships and get a glimpse of life outside of the electrified fence. While interesting the story is a bit slower than “Pines” and some aspects are a bit predictable within the story. Overall though it’s a nice addition to the story and sets up the third nicely.
Mr. Garcia does a very good job of bringing the characters to life with his performance and pacing. He really adds to the story.
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Good continuation, a bit more background and goes more into detail. Ethan also gets a bit smarter than in the first book. FYI though, it doesn't end, like at all. You will need to have book 3 on deck, it leaves you hanging. I found myself powering through this book more than the first. I feel like more is happening with the characters and plot. Enjoyed. And now enjoying book 3.
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?
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