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.
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.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This mystery surrounds a whole town of people who don't know how they got there and know they can never leave. People can remember their lives before they ended up there but are strongly persuaded to go along and not make waves. No TV and only one occasional radio broadcast. Parents are not to ask or become involved with the children's schooling and many more strange things drive some to rebel in secret. Every now and then someone out of the blue, for no reason ends up dead in a public place with no suspects.
The chief of police is ex-FBI and has been let in on the secret, however, none of this sits right with him. A good second book that kind of leaves you hanging, but I am excited to see where the next book will take me. Good story and good narration.
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.
Wayward beats Pines! Maybe it's because I was a little more invested with the characters but mostly this installment was more well paced and exciting. Time for #3 I guess
A great continuation of the first book, Pines. Was a little slow at the beginning but ultimately Crouch didn't disappoint. Very much a cliff hanger though. Can't wait to read the next one.
I wasn't expecting more to the story when I finished Pines, but I liked it so much I went to check out more from the author. Lucky me! There's more!! I wasn't sure it would be good since I already knew the town secrets but it did not disappoint. Now I'm off to download the next one!
If you like mysteries and thrillers, like Rod Serling, and suspect speculative fiction can be a fine art form, commentary on society, but most importantly a great entertaining escape, then this author and this trilogy us for you. It was one of the very few series I had to listen to straight through. A nail-biting, suspenseful and yet intellectually provocative book.
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