Review: Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Not many network TV shows catch my eye, I’m typically an HBO girl when it comes to ‘my shows’ but something about Wayward Pines on Fox caught my eye and after the first episode I was hooked.

What kind of weirdness is this?

It wasn’t until the third episode that I noticed it was based on a book series, so like a good bookaholic I raced out and bought the first book to start reading immediately!

Secret Service agent, Ethan Burke, was sent to Wayward Pines to find two missing agents but Ethan and his partner were hit by a truck.

When Ethan wakes up in Wayward Pines hospital it’s pretty clear that something is a off. The town just doesn’t seem right.

He has no ID, no money, and no badge. He keeps trying to call his family and his office but no one will return his calls. Everyone in Wayward Pines seems nice enough but, there is something off…..hell even the beer tastes funny.

Quickly Ethan discovers that there is something sinister about the whole town and vows to try and escape. But with an angry mob chasing him down, he discovers that the only way to escape Wayward Pines is by dying!

This book was a super fast and easy read. I don’t read a lot of dystopian literature but this was really compelling, not just because of the show, but the concept behind it. A post apocalyptic society that has no idea what it is? Plus weird science fiction experiments? Yes please!

The remote setting and the eerily perfect Rockwell-ish ‘town’ were enough to set me on edge and put me ill at ease in the story which was great! It kept me on guard!

I can’t say that I really learned anything about Ethan himself except that he’s married, has a kid, cheated on his wife, served in the military, and was tortured……I didn’t really learn about who he was as a character.

I don’t know if that’s something unique about dystopian lit but I seen to feel detached from the main characters in dystopian books. I would have liked to learn more about his overall character but in I am thinking that might come in future books because this one seemed to ‘world build’ a lot so I hope the next book we learn more about who Ethan is because I didn’t really ‘like’ him.

While Ethan isn’t the most likable guy, the reader can’t help but feel his anxiety. The only thing I would change about this story was the POV. It’s told in the third person, I think it would have been way creepier if it was told in the first person but either way as a reader I was still able to ‘gaze’ through Ethan’s perspective and found Wayward Pines ubber creepy and disorientating.

Without giving too much away…..when Ethan discovers what Wayward Pines really is…..brilliant! I loved it! My mind was reeling with possibilities and how it all came to be! I was constantly thinking….WHAT?!?…..while I was reading.

I read this book easily in a day and it held my interest even though I have seen the show. It feels like a modern take on The Twilight Zone….dystopia/post apocalyptic/horror/ thriller/ sci fi all mixed into one! Completely outside my typical review genre but I am thrilled that I picked this one up! I really really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to the next books in the series.

And for the record…..I still don’t know if I believe Pilcher or not. I think there is more to this story than meets the eye!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch 

  • Kindle Edition, 309 pages
    Published August 21st 2012 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Review copy provided by: Personal Collection

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: Dystopia, post apocalyptic, sci fi, horror, thriller

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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