Friday, 18 September 2015

REVIEW - Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Title: Pines (Wayward Pines #1)

Author: Blake Crouch

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Release Date: 21st August 2012

Source: NetGalley

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.



What do you get when you take The Truman Show, Lost and I am Legend with a bit of Twin Peaks, well you get Pines by Blake Crouch.

I had only read a quick synopsis of the book before I started reading it and I had meant to watch the tv series of this too but never got round to it, so basically I went into this book with a very vague of what would be happening - this was a good thing as I got to a point in the book and had a WTF?! moment.

Pines centres around Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent who is searching for his missing his ex-partner (and lex-lover) Kate who was last seen in the vicinity of the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho.

On his way to the town, he is involved in a car crash which leaves him waking up in the town's hospital with no ID, no mobile phone, no money, absolutely nothing.  Nobody can tell him much at all, nothing much about the accident or where his missing property is.  

The people he meets are wonderfully friendly but maybe too friendly and Ethan feels something isn't right.  The sheriff seems to have a hard time believing Ethan is who he says he is and the fact that Ethan can't call out to verify his identity doesn't help either.

Fed up of being stuck in the town with no answers he decides to head out of Wayward Pines, he doesn't get far, in fact, he ends up back in town.  Alarms bells are starting to ring and when he discovers a massive electrified fence surrounding the town he wonders exactly what the hell is going on.

The next bit may be a bit of a spoiler so stop now if you don't want to know.

Anyway back to the fence, Wayward Pines, Ethan discovers has been created by David Pilcher who has great plans for a select group of humanity. Now I am saying humanity as literally the people in Wayward Pines are the only people left on Earth.

Yep, that was my WTF moment.

Ethan was in a car crash, but it was some time ago, like 2000 years ago, again WTF!!!!

Pilcher has taken people, some at will, some against, some by a nasty accident and placed them in a form of stasis, to be woken up when he wants.  Ethan was one of them.

A whole heap of other crazy stuff goes down too, like murderous crazy mobs, his ex-lover living in town but massively aged, his wife and son appearing and what the heck is those screams coming from the other side of the fence.

This book is really a good read, a total page turner with some crazy shit going down.  I mean 2000 years in the future is just plain mental (good mental, though!!).  Ethan is a typical FBI/CIA etc type guy, he takes no crap and isn't going to let a small thing like a massive electric fence get in his way.

There are some quality characters in this book including Pilcher's masochistic right-hand woman and Pilcher himself a man so convinced he has done the right then when it looks like he really has a screw loose.

Total escapism, fun, bloody, scary, read it!

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review



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