Book Review: Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch

Posted August 17, 2014 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

by Blake Crouch
Series: Wayward Pines
Published by Thomas and Mercer Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: Borrowed

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact: he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Intense and gripping, Pines is another masterful thriller from the mind of bestselling novelist Blake Crouch.

Last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, FOX released a teaser for one of their new series, Wayward Pines. Sadly the show has yet to premiere, and won’t in fact hit the small screen until 2015. Nevertheless, my curiosity was peaked and I added the book series on which the new show is based to my TBR pile. I forgot about it, until this summer when the third and final book was released. This reminder caused me to pick the series up, and I’m glad I did. Blake Crouch has created an imaginative thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. To say I devoured these books is an understatement. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read an entire series in just a week. It was that good.Β It’s hard to discuss the book without spoiling it, so I’ll refrain from talking about the entire series, and only speak to the first book, Pines.

The lead character Ethan Burke is flawed, but he’s a hero worth rooting for. The things that he goes through in this story is unbelievable, but Crouch’s world is so descriptive that for a minute it actually seems plausible. Everyone seems to have an agenda, and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad. In fact, this story is so twisty that it managed to convince me, at one point, that maybe it’s not the townies, but Ethan that’s the problem. As much as I enjoyed the twists and turns, I do confess that I figured out the final twist early on, but it still dropped my jaw when it was revealed. When I finished reading the first book I didn’t think Crouch could beat it with a sequel, and he didn’t. However, the conclusion was satisfying and left me excited for the new series once again.

Pines (Wayward Pines #1)
Kindle Edition, 309 Pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Thomas & Mercer
Edition Language: English

Wayward (Wayward Pines #2)
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
Edition Language: English

The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3)
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
Edition Language: English

Rating Report
Overall: 5

About Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.


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