Sunday, July 19, 2015


Title: Pines
"For every perfect little town,
there's something ugly underneath.
No dream without the

Author: Blake Crouch

First Published: 2012

Series: Wayward Pines Trilogy (Book 1)

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Available As: Paperback, ebook, audiobook

My Rating: 8.5/10

Goodreads Summary

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.

I only started this book because I saw the trailer for the TV show come on. I know right? Oops. I'll try not to give anything away or else there would be no point to the book.

Ethan was on a mission to find two of his colleagues who were last on a mission in this town not very long ago. Once there, he finds both of them - but in completely different situations. One of them (called Kate) is living a happy life with her husband, and seems to have aged 15 years. The other? Dead. This springs up a whole new mass of questions as Ethan struggles to find out what happened as well as trying to find a way out of this bizarre town.

The plot was so intriguing. Once I began the first page, it was so hard to put down! The books begins with Ethan waking up in an isolated town in the middle of nowhere, and at first, he has no memory of anything. We follow Ethan as he tries to piece the mystery together, and at the same time, trying to blend in. Everyone seems to avoiding his questions and there is no way for him to contact his family nor his office. As we sink deeper into the plot, the more questions are revealed. We don't get any answers until the last couple of chapters. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Once you finish this book, you'd think "Oh now I know everything!" but you couldn't be more wrong. Everything seems to be resolved in the first book, but then comes the second book. What more could happen? Apparently a lot more.

The Wayward Pines trilogy has been made into a one season TV show on Fox. It's pretty good, but it changes the plot around and dramatises some things. The TV show merges the three books into one season so I strongly recommend reading the trilogy first. But both the trilogy and the show is amazing!

My Chosen Quote

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

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