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Pines (Wayward Pines #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  60,646 Ratings  ·  5,268 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published August 21st 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jennifer Ward They are different. Though, just how different I can't actually say. Within the first 15 minutes of the TV version, I noticed so many differences that…moreThey are different. Though, just how different I can't actually say. Within the first 15 minutes of the TV version, I noticed so many differences that seemed drastic to the point I gave up watching.(less)

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Emily May
And the base emotion underlying it all that was getting harder and harder to ignore.
The strengthening sense that something was very, very wrong.

As with The Magicians, I have to confess I like the TV series Wayward Pines far better than the book.

Yes, I know the "reveal" has been spoiled, but that really wasn't my problem with it. Pines is built on a fantastic idea - no, really, a truly epic idea - and that strength just about manages to carry the book despite some poor writing, an assho
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Something isn’t right,” she said.

“No shit,” he said.

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Welcome to Wayward Pines, an idyllic town in Idaho filled with neighbors who greet newcomers with open arms . . .

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and where there are plenty of adorable children ready to make new friends . . .

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The only catch? Once you get here you can never leave . . .

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Even y
Jeffrey Keeten
”Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve treated our world like it was a hotel room and we were rock stars. But we aren’t rock stars. In the scheme of evolutionary forces, we are a weak, fragile species. Our genome is corruptible, and we so abused this planet that we ultimately corrupted that precious DNA blueprint that makes us human.”

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Ethan Burke was sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho, to find two missing secret service agents. One of them was his old partner and for a brief time his lover. Going aft
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Don't dare read any spoilers before you start these books. Just don't do it.

Secret service officer Ethan Burke is sent to Wayward Pines to find two missing agents. Once he gets into town he realizes that he is having moments of memory loss and this town is a tad bit on the odd side.

He can not get calls to go out to get in touch with either his office or his wife and son. The sheriff in the town is a different sort of all his own. Everywhere Ethan turns is something that seems off in this small
Helen Stavraki
Dec 17, 2015 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Έναν βιβλίο γεμάτο δράση ένταση αγωνία ανατροπές και πολύ μα παρά πολύ ενδιαφέρον για όλη την ιστορία που εξελίσσεται και ανατρέπεται την ίδια στιγμή.
Μια καταπληκτική προσπάθεια του συγγραφέα που στέφεται με μεγάλη επιτυχία να μας εξάψει τη φαντασία και να αυξήσει τον καρδιακό μας παλμό γράφοντας τόσο παραστατικά που αγγίζει τα όρια της έντονης ψυχολογικής έντασης.
Μετά το πρώτο βιβλίο και έχοντας ξεκινήσει το δεύτερο μπορώ να πω με κάθε ειλικρίνεια πως εκτίμησα περισσότερο τη απλή καθημερινή μ
Aug 01, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a damn good book.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell you anything about it, because spoilers will damage the charm of this story.

Author Blake Crouch has done an excellent job of putting together a suspenseful thriller that is at its finest when, in Sixth Sense fashion, the reader can experience his presentation untethered with pre-knowledge. I don’t watch TV, so I haven’t seen anything about the television series and had only read a few of my GR friends reviews and the theme of all of them
Michael McFarland
I used to love Dean Koontz. I probably read close to 20 of his novels before burning out in the mid-90's. Since then, I've reread half a dozen or so and can't, for the life of me, figure out what attracted me to them. I mention this as a personal bias, because Blake Crouch's 'Pines' reminds me, above all things, of a Dean Koontz novel. And not a particularly good one at that.

At least 75% of the novel is an exercise in describing physical activity - running, climbing, fighting, hiding, and then m
I'll say it again: Well. That was... something.

At the risk of alienating all of my most excellent friends who've loved this book, I'm going to be honest and say that while there were things that I liked about it... I didn't love it. I had quite a lot of issues with this book, so you know... let's get this ranting party started! :D

Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up next to a river with no idea who he is or where he is or why he is wherever he is. Thus begins his quest to figure out what h
Dan Schwent
Mar 19, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in the mountain town of Wayward Pines, his memory full of holes aside from that of a horrific car wreck that landed him in the hospital. But where are his belongings? Why can't he contact anyone outside of Wayward Pines over the phone? And why can't he seem to leave?

I got this from Netgalley.

I've been curious about this for quite a while. Since it showed up on Netgalley last week, complete with promises of being a television show soon, I jumped on it.

Oct 12, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2016, sci-fi
I hate when this happens . . . when my feelings for a book are all over the place. There’s the part of me that loved the mystery of the first half and then there’s the part of me that didn’t like the whole idea behind the book. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t Dark Matter spectacular either.

Blake Crouch is great at drumming up suspense and his writing, once again, incited that frantic need-to-know race in this reader. While that’s exciting and all, I wanted a little more ch
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
MAY 1, 2016 - Bumping this because the entire trilogy is on the Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99 each. TOTALLY WORTH IT! One of my favorites, ever. Blake Crouch is awesome. It's also on Kindle Unlimited.

I can't even go into the plot because that would be spoiling it. All you need to know is a guy named Ethan Burke wakes up in a town called Wayward Pines and that town is not what it seems. BOOM! Go read it. Now.

This book is amazing. It grabbed me in from the first page. I couldn't put it down. It had
Richard Derus
Mar 03, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5* of five

I hate, loathe, detest reviewing Kindle books. It's clunky. How should I know which bookmarked passage is mine? I have to look all over the damned place and usually end up annoyed so I can't quote the good bits.

That's why I've never reviewed my Goodreads friend Blake Crouch's eerie thriller Pines. It's set in Idaho, which is scary enough for me right there with all the right-wingers and Mormons (hi Pat, sending smooches, please don't shoot me), in an imaginary town called Way
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Fast-paced, gripping, Pines let me begging for more - I am in awe. READ IT. READ IT. READ IT. This book is fabulous.

The plot... fascinated and surprised me. The male lead (let's call him "he") wakes up in an unknown town, badly bruised, penniless, and without any memories of his life.

Now, this is a situation that would scare the shit out of anyone, don't you agree? From page one my brain was reeling, faced with so many unanswered questions that I couldn't help but strongly sympathize with h
Aug 30, 2012 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book.
It's written.
In fragments.

The writing style really got on my nerves. While it was kind of a page turner, the final reveal was really far-fetched and disappointing, which left me feeling ambivalent about the whole thing. I also felt the supporting characters needed to be fleshed out. Overall - meh.
Jul 31, 2016 Matthias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthias by: Ɗắɳ 2.✽
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In the pines, in the pines
Where the sun don't ever shine
I would shiver the whole night through.

- Leadbelly

In case you're planning to read Pines for yourself: the less you know about this book, the better. Therefore I intend to keep this review spoiler free, but I can't guarantee that certain judgements I make won't foreshadow events in the book. It is entirely safe to proceed reading through this first paragraph in case you need your fix of my reviews, but there won't be much to see except fo
Oct 12, 2016 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said, paperwhite

There is an absolute plethora of excellent reviews out there for this series so I really did not think I would write one.  But how can I not?   This story blew me away and that is quite a significant statement when you consider that I had already watched the TV series.

Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke was sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to locate a
Vane J.

Review written September 24, 2015.

I hate when this happens.

It's absolute hell when there's a book everyone loves and yet you end up hating it. I seriously hate it. Some might think "ooh, but it's fun being the black sheep!" but I tell you: It is not.

Disliking books is not a comfortable feel. It's as if there's a big party, everyone's invited and when you get there, you figure out no one wants you there. That's how I feel after reading this book. Because I wanted to be crazy about it. Because I
Pines by Blake Crouch is a thought provoking page turner!!!

Imagine waking up, injured, not knowing where you are... People won't answer your questions and are hostile when you continue to ask them... then, you are sent for psychological help (with a nurse resembling Nurse Ratchet, but even worse!). As you look to leave the town, you are hunted and threatened with death by mob... (and you have seen what has happened to the last guy that tried to leave town...)

Creepy town, creepy people!!!

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Secret service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in Wayward Pines, Idaho after a car crash. He has no ID or cell phone and there seems to be no way to reach anyone outside the city...

I liked the book, I liked it very much, but I feel that I had too high expectations and it didn't really live up to it. Perhaps it would have been better if I didn't have back in my head all the reviews I read about the book, of all the praise. In a way, it could never really live up to it since I did expect a true masterp
For every perfect little town, there's something ugly underneath. No dream without the nightmare.

This story is something I like to call 'How many times can you gasp loudly say WTF?! while reading a book?'
And the answer would be: many, many times.

I'm not going to say much, because I feel like this is one of those books that you should go into knowing as little as possible. I'm just gonna say that this whole book was just one huge mindfuck. Every single time I thought I knew something, I felt like
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

"Where'd you live before Wayward Pines?"
"I've always lived here."
"You've never left this town?" Ethan asked.
"You can't leave," the boy said.
"You just can't."
"I don't accept that."
"That's why you're going to die."

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Not too long ago, it feels like yesterday, really, I saw a television commercial for a show called Wayward Pines. It was utterly compelling and drew me in every time the commercial aired. I never got around to watching it, I never really catch TV shows unless they're re-runs o
Dec 30, 2012 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, though not brilliant in terms of the final revelation; it more or less ties things up but there seem to be more than a few inexplicable plot points. Also, the author's habit of breathlessly listing sentence fragments became incredibly annoying by the end.
Just hanging.

I was sufficiently hooked by Pines to read on, but I won't be picking up another Blake Crouch book as a result.
Just in case.

It also seemed, for a large majority of the book
Ɗắɳ  2.✽
Mar 27, 2015 Ɗắɳ 2.✽ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery thrillers and headscratchers
Recommended to Ɗắɳ 2.✽ by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)

I’m sad to admit that I watch way more TV than I should, so I know offhand that May is always the time of year, when the networks release their fall schedules, finalize any cancelations, and post trailers for new shows. Sometimes I like browse thru a few of those trailers that happen to grab my attention. Last year I saw a very intriguing one for an upcoming show on Fox called Wayward Pines. After watching, I filed it away in the old steel trap, and didn’t think too much more about it. Then
Joana - Ler Com Lobos
Jul 10, 2016 Joana - Ler Com Lobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: américa
Não posso ouvir grilos a cantar que me lembro logo desta trilogia... já ponho tudo o que me rodeia em causa!
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

Ok, wow! This book just blew me away. It kept me guessing all the way through to the end game! Until the next book that is :)

I felt like I was on a crazy train ride! This book is so awesome! It's creepy and could really happen some day, it could be happening now.

Imagine waking up all beat to crap, not knowing what happened to you or who you are! And if that's not weird enough, your in a town that is just flat out STRANGE. What is wrong with the people of Wayw

Kraučov "Pines" definitivno nije "my cup of tea" :( Pokušaću ukratko da obrazložim i zašto.
Priznajem da me je "Pines" privukao pre svega zbog dovođenja u vezu sa 2 kultne televizijske serije uz koje sam odrasla, The X-Files i Twin Peaks.
The X-Files je što se mene tiče najbolja TV serija svih vremena, a agent Mulder je bio moj prvi celebrity crush <3. Čovek koji je bio večiti borac protiv iskvarenog društveno-političkog sistema, borac za istinu i pravdu, levo smetalo svima koji su oličenje kor
Liz* Fashionably Late

Of course! from the beginning I felt the Twin Peakish vibe. I'm still not sure how good this book actually was but one thing is for sure: I was hooked from page one.

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

A crazy town, creepy people, no way out.

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

The old and familiar tropes were there however Crouch still captured my attention with an engaging, action-packed writing and a hypnotic quality that made of it a non stop journey.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
What is your greatest fear?

Is it being trapped in a confined space? Is it death by suffocation? Or is it finding yourself in a completely foreign place -- lost, confused, devoid of any contacts to the outside world and where no one seems to know you?

Waking was Wayward Pines.
This beautiful hell.

Agent Ethan Burke woke with a spiltting headache and a slight memory loss after a car accident. He was admitted to a hospital and when he came to next, he found himself trapped inside the walls of Waywa
Mar 19, 2015 Kaora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pines is a book that I have been anticipating for a while, due to great reviews by friends, and the upcoming TV series, however it being only in paperback was an issue since I didn't want to wait for a hard copy to come in at the library.

So when it showed up on Netgalley, I had to request it.

I was not disappointed. The character of Ethan Burke was well developed and I felt that the flashbacks between his time as a marine added depth to him as a character. It made me understand his actions and ma
Athena Shardbearer

You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. To the earth...a million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't the humility to try. We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. It we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

Michael Crichton

Just imagine walking down your driveway to your mail box. On
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” 29 likes
“You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. To the earth...a million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we’re gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us. Michael Crichton” 26 likes
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