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Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
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Book Description

The second book in the Wayward Pines Series—now a Major Television Event from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon Thursdays on FOX or catch up on Amazon Instant Video.

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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  • Editorial Reviews Review

    Guest Essay: "The Origin of Wayward Pines, Or How a Bullying, Small-Town Sheriff Inspired a Book Series and a Television Show" by Blake Crouch

    Lee Child

    On a February night in 2008, I was vacationing with my family in [city name hidden to protect the guilty], a remote town that sits high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Enclosed by towering cliffs, the town is nestled in a valley dotted with pines and Victorian houses. Its Main Street defines charming. There’s a toy store, a general store, an opera house, a candy shop. Like Plato’s ideal of a town, it feels as if it should exist only on a postcard....Read the rest of this review at

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    In Pines (2012), Crouch introduced Wayward Pines, a town that fictional futurist David Pilcher created to preserve humankind, in danger of extinction in the face of devolved human “Abnormals” overrunning the planet. In 2013, Pilcher kidnapped the town’s residents and placed them in suspension pods, releasing them 1,800 years later. Behind a picket-fenced facade, Wayward Pines is surrounded by an electrified fence, and Pilcher controls townies with microchips and zero-tolerance regulations. Sheriff Ethan Burke is attempting to protect the townies from horrors on both sides of the fence by cooperating with Pilcher, but in the course of investigating a murder—the victim turns out to be Pilcher’s daughter—Burke’s veneer of cooperation cracks, and he struggles to execute a plan that will grant townies liberty without sacrificing their safety. Crouch successfully embeds political philosophy and a spot-on murder investigation into this dystopian blend of fantasy and thriller. While the novel lacks some of Pines’ stomach-churning suspense, its cliff-hanger ending promises truckloads of terrifying moments to come. --Christine Tran

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2600 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 17, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00C1IPQZ8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Excellent Intense Thriller"........."Part 2"........ September 17, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have been a long time fan of author, Blake Crouch since I read his short story and interview in "Cemetery Dance Magazine" many years ago..This was before his books were even released electrionically..I searched and bought every book he had written..He has never disappointed me and he continues not to with this excellent, very intense thriller..I will say this book continues almost exactly where you left off in "The Pines" which I thought you couldn't TOP but he just did with part 2 of the series..It's' creepy, nerve wracking suspense had me hanging on the edge of my seat..Non-stop action all the way to the shocking, explosive ending....There are so many unexpected twists and turns, dark evil secrets revealed that I was left speechless right until the last page..I would definitely recommend reading "The Pines" first, (Book 1 of the Series)..The author does tell you somethings in flashbacks but you will get a better understanding of all the main characters and their history..Especially, who and why Ethan Burke is a main player in this strange world..

    Welcome to the happy hometown of "Wayward Pines" where life is simple, pleasant and the sun rises everyday..The new Sheriff is Ethan Burke who is there to protect and keep the people of his town safe..There are savage, hungry creatures that lurk on the outside of the town beyond the fenced border..Yet, there is something more demonic that lurks inside the town and it is getting restless..Only Sheriff, Ethan Burke knows the answers which makes him caught in the middle of the beginning of chaos..It goes against all his morales and values where he will have to make the biggest decision of his life...Then there is "God" always watching and looking down upon his creations...I would like to introduce to "David Pilcher"......
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Not Great, and Without a Proper Ending July 14, 2014
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    Sometimes second novels in trilogies play the role of set up for either the grand finale in the third book, or are primarily exposition to further expand reader understanding prior to substantive action in book three. This book was a combination of both. Following the full throttle of "Pines", it felt slow and rather disjointed due to way the multiple story arcs were put together.

    We move from single narration to Burke, his wife, Tobias, Phipps and Pam. While it provides a wider insight into the players, we don't get the kind of deep characterization or growth that we saw in the first novel. This novel is more a snapshot of occurrences over a few days plus flashbacks and is primarily set up for the next book.

    While the first book was full of action and mystery, this book is full of exposition and angst. You do get some of those big questions answered from the first book while everyone is talking or thinking and that was wonderful, but the rest you could live without.

    Let me put this as clearly as I can. I hated the end of this book. Why, you ask? This type of ending may be okay for television, but for prose, I prefer an actual ending and not something where it looks like the writer went for the ultimate cliffhanger and just stopped writing. BAM! Right there in the middle of the page. I flipped the page a few times to see if I had missed anything, but I had not, the book just ended with a regular sentence. Boo! Hiss! I almost took away a star just for this, but I didn't...

    Bottom Line: This is a different class of book than "Pines". Clearly not of the same calibre. I don't know whether I will read the forthcoming 3rd Book or not.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-freaking tastic! September 17, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from Mr Crouch and devoured (the only term that fits here) the book within one sitting (as I did with Pines). I finished wanting Blake to not only have started, but to be finished with the third one already! What a cliff hanger ending.. I want more more more! I can't wait till the Pines tv show on Fox in 2014! Don't want to give away too much.. but how would you like living in a town where you have no privacy? Where every room in your house has hidden cameras; hidden cameras on every street.. in every building! You are expected to "toe the line" and not try to leave town or you will be hunted down by other towns people and murdered in cold blood! The same town people that you had had to dinner the night before, or your son or daughter's teacher at school...what a terrible way to live, or is it living? What can be worse then living in a town like this? Why, being outside the town and outside the electrified fence that surrounds the town!
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    18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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    After the first book, when most of the major secrets were out in the open, I was worried that the second book would either not have the same larger than life exhilaration, or read like a serial sci-fi/soap opera type book, with new storylines seemingly made up on the fly. I know many a writer, myself included, that do not know where their books are going to take them, which can often times result in cheap tricks being used to keep the reader excited, but I can say that this series does not read as such. Not only does the second book give a much desired deeper look into the puppet master, pawns, and outliers of the whole operation, but maintains and intensifies the madness that I love. I saw one person, in a review, say that we fall deeper into the rabbit hole with this book, but I disagree. I was worried this would turn into a never ending scroll of more and more fantastical fiction, but the story in the second book actually gets more grounded, without losing intensity. The characters and problems become more real, more human. The town itself is seen as, no longer a science-fiction alien world, but an actual town, on earth, with real people. The scary and awesome thing about this second book is that the story shows just how real it could be. Not in a literal sense, but while uncovering the madness of the town, I began to think about some of the dark secrets and actions of governments past. With technology expanding rapidly, there is room for much greater and profound treachery, but let me not get off track. To put it bluntly, the exciting drama is continued without losing the essence of the first book, while also not seeming like an unbelievable sci-fi serial. One of the few bad reviews given to this book said that it did seem like this was just a series of cliffhangers. Read more ›
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible as usual
    Been a Blake Crouch fan for years. He and Konrath are indeed my two favorite authors and inspirations for my own writing. Getting ready to read book three!!! Bravo!!!
    Published 5 hours ago by Kimberly Raiser
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
    The story is fun and engaging. The writing is good, and done in a unique voice. Looking forward to number 3!
    Published 11 hours ago by John
    5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Book 1
    Blake Crouch knows how to write a great story. I plan on reading the next book in this series. I have to know what happens to Ethan and the other people of Wayward Pines.
    Published 12 hours ago by MadeinUSA
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another great edition in the series.
    In Pines we were introduced to Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke. Burke had awakened in a forest suffering from amnesia that came from an automobile accident. Read more
    Published 14 hours ago by David I. Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wayward
    Good read mystery that keeps you guessing. I will read the third one.

    I recommend the seris and liked the second one better than the first.
    Published 17 hours ago by beth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!!
    I enjoyed every moment of this book! The story was thrilling! Don't read at night if you want to sleep.... I couldn't put it down!
    Published 1 day ago by AbqNative
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I read Book 1, 2 and 3 within a 24 hour period. Couldn't put the books down!
    Published 1 day ago by Bobi U
    5.0 out of 5 stars Story continues to engage reader
    Well, Book 2 was just as good as Book 1. I very much look forward to the third installment. Fantastic story.
    Published 1 day ago by C. LEMMON
    5.0 out of 5 stars So awesome
    I've been tearing through these books! I love the show, too, but so glad I've read the books first! Thanks, Blake!!!!
    Published 1 day ago by Helena
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one!
    Wow! Blake Crouch kept me guessing the whole way through book #2 and I'm buying the third one once I finish this review. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Debbie Patten
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    More About the Author

    Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels, including the international runaway bestselling series Wayward Pines, now a Major Television Event From Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan, Starring Matt Dillon, airing on FOX May 14th.

    His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, and his longer fiction has been shortlisted for the International Thriller Award.

    Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website,, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at

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