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Product Details

  • Series: The Wayward Pines Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477808701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477808702
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,830 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


"The rare sequel that improves on the original. The stakes are higher. And you never know where Blake is going to take you next." —Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool, and the newest in the Silo Saga, Dust.

“Blake Crouch creates a realistically terrifying world in Wayward.” —Suspense Magazine

Wayward has something for everyone. There is a murder mystery, lots of action, and a science fiction premise that should have fanboys and girls at every con chanting “Blake! Blake! Blake!” This series is so good, vivid and wonderfully told that as the word spreads and its fame grows, its fans will take on a life unto themselves.” —Bookreporter

“[In Wayward] you have a book that will have you cursing Blake Crouch’s name for not having book three out right this second…There may be no such thing as a perfect novel, but this comes damn close for me.” —Top of the Heap Reviews

“Like some, I spent of much of Pines wondering if the mysterious plot was going to pay off. But Crouch not only ended Pines with a cliffhanger keen enough to make Stephen King blush in shame, he carried that self-same confidence right into the first chapters of Wayward. Make no mistake—this is an author who knows exactly what he‘s doing. Fans of Pines (of which I consider myself a proud member) will blaze through this riveting sequel like a forest fire. Just prep yourself for another borderline-cruel cliffhanger going into book three.” —Bloody Disgusting

Customer Reviews

I've read the first two books in this series in 3 nights.
The suspense, the mystery, the action keeps this story rolling along and the characters are written so well.
Crystal-Rain Love
There is so much character development in this book as well as some interesting back stories.
Alan Farkas

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lee TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Melody H. Seys on September 17, 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melinda on 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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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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Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels. His Wayward Pines series is being produced as a TV show by M. Night Shyamalan and will be airing on Fox in 2014.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many other publications.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website, www.blakecrouch.com, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/blake.crouch.9.

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