March 10, 2015
Pines, by Blake Crouch
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
After seeing commercials for the upcoming show Wayward Pines on television, I was very excited to learn that this was based on a series of books. For some reason, I always enjoy reading books before watching the television shows or movies that are based on them. I finished reading Pines in 2 days. Normally, I save my reading time for when I ride my exercise bike or when I am waiting for my kids to get out of school. This time, however, I didn’t want to put the book down! The story is very well written and you really feel for the main character, Ethan, and all that he is going through. To me, this feels like a combination of Under the Dome and The Maze Runner, with some X-Files thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed all 3 of those, so needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying this series so far and can’t wait to see what happens in the next 2 books. I would write a longer review, but I really must get back to my reading!
Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction with breakneck pacing and groundbreaking genre cross-breeding, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.