- Series: The Wayward Pines Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612183956
- ISBN-13: 978-1612183954
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8,053 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blake Crouch on How the Television Series Twin Peaks Inspired Pines
On April 8, 1990, the pilot episode of Mark Frost and David Lynch's iconic television series, Twin Peaks, aired on ABC, and for a moment, the mystery of Who Killed Laura Palmer? held America transfixed. I was twelve at the time, and I will never forget the feeling that took hold of me as I watched this quirky show about a creepy town with damn fine coffee and brilliant cherry pie, where nothing was as it seemed.
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Starred Review Ethan Burke is on his way to the small town of Wayward Pines to find two fellow federal agents who have gone missing. He has a bad car accident on the edge of town, waking up in the hospital and not at all sure of what is going on. The psychiatrist on staff tells him that he has suffered a brain injury and warns him not to leave, but he takes off anyway. The town sheriff is less than helpful, and, with no ID or money, Burke can’t reach his superior or his wife, and he starts fearing for his sanity (reminiscent of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island). Matters turn ominous when Burke finds the ravaged body of one of the missing agents and realizes he needs to run for his life. Clearly, despite the idyllic beauty of Wayward Pines, something is seriously out of kilter: a helpful bartender disappears, picnicking mothers turn homicidal, and seemingly innocent children display maniacal tendencies. The suspense builds to an almost unbearable point, culminating with a twist that ratchets it up even further. Fans of Stephen King, Peter Straub and F. Paul Wilson will appreciate this genre-bending, completely riveting thrill ride, which mixes suspense, horror, science fiction and dystopian nightmare all rolled up into one unputdownable book. — Stacy Alesi
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Been there, done that? Unlikely.
Been there, done that? Well, that’s what you’re likely to think much of the way through Pines, the first volume in Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy. I certainly did. In fact, given my aversion to horror stories, I became so frustrated that I practically tossed the book aside and looked for something more satisfying to read. Fortunately, I chose instead to read through to the end. Pines is not a horror story, at least not in the conventional sense. It’s . . . something else. If you enjoy speculative fiction, you’re likely to love this book. You’ve probably never read anything like it at all.
Thought-provoking speculative fiction
Although Pines comes across as a conventional mystery or horror story, it’s worth the wait. The thesis of the book (and of the trilogy) is truly original. You may find it difficult to stop thinking about the story for a long time after you’ve read it. It’s easy to see how the trilogy was so quickly shaped into Wayward Pines, a high-profile television series, now in its second season. The pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino star. All three names will be familiar to contemporary movie-goers and television fans.
An unlikely story becomes even less likely
The story seems straightforward. Two U.S. Secret Service agents have disappeared in a tiny rural Idaho town on an investigation involving financial crime. (The Secret Service is an arm of the U.S. Treasury. Its brief extends beyond protection of the President.) A second team of agents is sent in pursuit of the first two — then they also disappear.
In a highway collision, one of the two new agents dies. The other staggers about town in a daze with no memory of what happened. His wallet, his gun, and his briefcase are nowhere to be found. Then the mysteries really begin.
Want to know more of the story? Read the book. It will give your mind a workout.
I am going to be careful with this summary because the action in the book and the story line in the TV series start to diverge by episode 2. So carefully I am going to say that the story basically concerns a secret service agent named Ethan Burke who wakes up in a hospital after a bad car accident. He had been the passenger in a car driven by another federal agent and they were on their way to a town called Wayward Pines, Idaho. They were sent there to go looking for two missing secret service agents, one of whom was a woman with whom Ethan had previously had an affair.
Soon after waking up in the hospital, Ethan is greeted by a strange nurse, remininscent of Nurse Ratched. Ethan does not have his wallet and he is getting no helpful information about what happened from the nurse. So he leaves without permission to wander around the strange town. The phones don't seem to work right, the people in the town seem odd and distant, and he doesn't have his wallet or any money and feels like he is in a daze.
Ethan quickly meets up with a local bartender named Beverly who buys his story about being in an accident and having no identifcation. She give him food and drink and leaves him a cyptic message on the bill. Soon enough, Ethan also meets up with a mysterious sheiff named Pope and he seeks help from him to no avail. Ethan also tries to make a phone call to reach his wife and son - who are worried about him back in their hometown in Seattle.
What is going on? Why is everyone acting so strangely and why is Ethan unable to leave the town, even when he is able to get a car to drive away and discovers that he keeps looping back into town?
Like I said, the TV series closely follows the book until the second episode. Both with the book and with the movie, there is this eerie disturbing Twilight Zone-like feeling and you share Ethan's unease and discomfort. The more he finds out, the more confusing it gets.
I continued reading the book because I wanted to know the resolution, and I am glad I did. I didn't think that the author could pull it together to come with a viable solution to the dilemma and I am pleased to say he did, somewhat. At least enough to have it all pull together and explain what went on before.
The author claims to have gotten the idea for the book from watching the TV series Twin Peaks as a young boy, and you can definitely see the influence. Do not be worried that you will be frustated by the ending a la the show Lost - this one does have answers.
Recommended for those who want a quick, fun read and are fans of Twilight Zone type stories.
This is the story of Ethan Burke, Secret Service Special Agent and how he comes to find himself in the idyllic little town called Wayward Pines. It is speculative fiction at its best. You must suspend your disbelief and accept that time can be controlled without the need for time travel. Good speculative fiction almost always deals with the age-old question of just because something can be done, should it. More often than that the answer is a resounding NO! Of course, you need to read PINES and answer that for yourself.
Again, for watchers and fans of the TV series, I found PINES to be illuminating about areas that the show seemed to leave in limbo. Along with Burke, you will recognize most of the characters - Theresa and Ben Burke, Sheriff Pope, and, of course, Nurse Pam. However, you will be surprised at some of the differences in these characters in the book.
I found PINES to be quite the thrill ride where my adrenalin was pumping as I read some of the very graphic scenes. It is the kind of tale that you want to read in one sitting, but if life gets in the way of doing that, you can pick up where you leave off and never have to go back to see where you are.
I am looking forward to starting the second book in the trilogy, WAYWARD, as soon as I get this review posted.