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Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Wayward Pines
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- Publication date : August 21, 2012
- File size : 1470 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (August 21, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007FG9LIE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,652 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I caught on pretty quick that the pines was unsafe and Ethan needed to get out of there, so it was frustrating for me to read chapter after chapter of him staying before he finally caught on and tried to escape.
I also tired of reading about him taking beating after beating before actually fighting back.
This guy's supposed to be a secret service agent and he's a total pushover.
I won't be reading the rest of this trilogy.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
Ethan, a secret service agent wakes up near a fast flowing river battered and bruised in Wayward Pines, all he can remember is his name, his wife and child, the fact that him and another agent were sent to Wayward Pines to find two missing agents last known to be there, and that he was in a bad car accident in which his partner was killed.
As he tries to track down the missing agents he realises that he cannot leave town. If I said anymore I would be giving away spoilers and that's not my thing, so, suffice to say, I think this is one of the best books I have read in quite a while.
So how was the book? Awesome!
I was very surprised to see this listed as ‘horror’ in Amazon. I would definitely put this in dystopian sci-fi, i didn’t notice any horror, just the normal dystopian sci-fi kind of stuff.
I’ve previously read Blake’s book, ‘Dark Matter’, which was exceptionally well written and Pines is just as good. Blake does a fantastic job of putting his protagonists into some really mind bending, disturbing situations and putting the reader well and truly into the protagonist’s mind.
All in all, a great start to this trilogy and i’m diving straight into book 2, ‘Wayward’, very optimistic for more of Blake’s style of writing — i’m becoming a big fan.
I may sound like a broken record, but Black Crouch has yet again matched and exceeded my expectations. I have read Dark Matter, Recursion, Summer Frost, and now Pines, and so far I have yet to be disappointed.
Blake Crouch is a master at keeping you engaged in his stories, keeping you always wondering what will happen next as things just never end up how you expect them to. You'd think by now I'd have sussed this out, but he keeps on surprising me at every corner.
I found myself totally glued to Pines and I could have easily finished it in one sitting, but after starting it earlier in the week I had to move over to another book which I was reading at the same time with my GF. after finishing that book I returned to Pines and knocked it out in no time.
There were countless moments where I was so engrossed in the story it was like watching a movie but in words. I personally felt very close to the main character and found myself worrying for their safety at various points of the story and hoping they would successfully make it through the challenges they faced.
It's books like this that make me so glad that I took up reading again a few years ago thanks to my brother recommending some books for me to read when I told him I found myself having so much free time but nothing to do with it. I now find reading as a perfect way of zoning out from the chaos of the world, and especially more so now in the situation we find ourselves in. I hate to think about how I would be coping right now without the comfort of books. Thanks, bro. Also, a special shout-out to my GF who initially recommended I read Dark Matter. It's one of the greatest gifts I've got from her.
I now look forward to continuing my journey with this series, safe in the knowledge that no matter where this story goes, I'm sure it will be an adventure I will enjoy. Thanks, Blake.
This is the third Blake Crouch book I've read and the previous two, Dark Matter and Recursion, I had some major issues with, and I think I've finally realised what my problem with them is. I think he simply adds too much, he tries too hard. Just because you like sugar in your coffee you don't dump ten spoonfuls of it in there because it'll destroy it, you add just enough to make it just right. Someone needs to confiscate Mr Crouch's spoon!
My criticisms come from a place of frustration because I love these books, especially this one. Pines is probably my favourite to date, but there's always a section or two in his books where I end up pulling out my hair, or I would if I had any, and screaming 'Why did you do that!' and Pines is just the same. Which is really unfortunate because this book could have made my all-time favourites list.
The beginning of the book is a complete mind-bender, a full-on psychological trip. And I was loving it. Not knowing what the hell is going on, and the tension of having to discover at the same pace as the protagonist is fantastic, and Crouch does it brilliantly in this book. But then things degenerate a little into a bit of a trope, but that's ok, I can live with that, until we get to THAT scene. Where the town's entire population, for some unfathomably ridiculous reason in Halloween dress, go on a murder frenzy. NO NO NO! It doesn't work, it makes no sense and it just doesn't fit at all. Why!? I'm trying to be as vague as possible here in case you haven't read the book. But this just cheapens the writing and utterly destroys all the beautiful work Crouch put in prior to this.
Then there's the rock-face climb, tense, dramatic and gripping...until the pack of creepy alien-looking creatures turn up out of the blue. NO NO NO! It's not needed! It's cheap titillation which kills the real tension the main character is going through. And the fact that they are dispatched so easily and quickly is just comical.
Ok, after all that please let me apologise, I don't usually go off on one like that, but this book could have been so damn good! I've still given it four stars, even though it really, really, should have been a solid five-star book. And yes, I have the second and third books, Wayward and The Last Town, and I will be reading them. I'm actually intrigued to see how a strong and driven man like Ethan manages to handle working under a morally bankrupt man like Pilcher, and the murder frenzying townsfolk of course...if I must.