Pines by Blake Crouch – a Wayward Pines #1 Book Review

Pines
Pines by Blake Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is right up my alley. I can’t tell you how much I dug the out-of-sync vibe I got from this book right away. If you know me, I love “wtf is going on?” books as much as anyone possibly can, and this book hooked me in and I sank right down through the reveal, which did not disappoint.

Ethan wakes up next to a river…

Wait, let me skip ahead and then back up.

Ethan Burke is a Secret Service agent -slash- husband & dad to Theresa and Ben (age 6). He’s been unfaithful, but they’re working through it. He was unfaithful with his previous partner Kate who has inexplicably gone missing (~4 days ago)(along with another agent named Bill Evans), and Ethan has been dispatched to locate them. On their way into a quiet little town called Wayward Pines, they’re hit by a Mack truck.

Ethan wakes up next to a river…

The book is a whole bunch of Ethan trying to figure out what the hell is going on in Wayward Pines, why he can’t seem to escape, and how Sheriff Pope & Nurse Pam seem to be omnipresent and ominous figures. He finds an ally and a few answers, but when the truth is finally brought to light .. Wow.

My head exploded at least a couple of times while reading this book.

There are shades of Hugh Howey here. Sometimes the shades are uncanny.

I learned of this series thanks to Fox airing the television adaptation which, by the way, pales in comparison to the book. I recommend, as always, reading this book first before watching the show. The show orders things differently and to the detriment of the story, in my opinion. But it’s a fun sort of parallel universe of the same basic story.

I was provided a free copy of the book in return for an honest review by NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer via Amazon Publishing. Thank you!

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