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Wayward (Wayward Pines #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  4,183 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden...except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry....more
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Robert
A fate worse than death awaits the townsfolk of Wayward Pines. Prison could be considered a picnic. In prison, there are rules, laws, restrictions, and armed guards, who in theory at least, help keep the peace. Wayward Pines has no such laws and restrictions. Sure, there’s a guidebook handed to every new resident, all inhabitants have been implanted with microchips for security reasons, an electrified fence and razor wire help solidify the perimeter, and snipers keep occupants between the crossh...more
Gavin
This was a fantastic sequel to Blake Crouch's Pines and just like its predecessor it had a great mix of action, suspense, and mystery. Despite the fact that we learned a lot of Wayward Pines secrets in the first book the town still remains as creepy, as disturbing, and as interesting a place as ever.

The plot has more holes in it than Swiss cheese but that does not lessen the exhilarating intensity of Ethan's journey or the fun of the story. If first book felt like watching an episode of The Twi...more
Mihir

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Wayward is the sequel to Pines and a book that was highly anticipated and yet out-scored my anticipation. Firstly before even I begin my review, I would like to announce that to even discuss the blurb will be spoilery for the first book Pines. So those folks who haven't read the first book and don't want their read ruined in the least. STOP and go read Pines...

Now for those of you who have read and loved Pines, welcome and I must say you w...more
Todd Russell
FTC notice: I received an uncorrected proof advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is scheduled to be published September 17, 2013

Writing a compelling second part of a planned trilogy and not alienating readers with an ending that leaves too much to be continued is a major challenge. I'm thinking great second act stories like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and at the end of that we learned the shocking truth about Luke's father, were left hanging with Han Solo encas...more
Lloyd
Fuck yeah, THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

This series has been interesting fun from the start, and just keeps rocketing forward. I can barely keep my eyes open, I am so tired, but I HAD to finish. I consider myself blessed that I read this book now, when the last of the trilogy (The Last Town) is available -- because, man, what an ending!

I will always prefer books over television or movies, so these are perfect for me right now. If they do it right, the show should be good. Just great adventurou...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 3 out of 5* by the grace of some likeable characters. The previous book, "Pines" was a real page-turning schocker that I read in three hours and which had me reeling afterwards. "Wayward" is boring in comparison. It's unpleasant in the typical dystopian fashion, and in the same vein, completely incapabable of raising any emotion beyond mild boredom.

Ethan Burke, the main character, has become the sheriff of Pines. He now has the solemn duty to keep its disoriented citizens in check. When a...more
Adam Light
I should begin this review by pointing out that I stumbled upon Blake Crouch by accident one night while checking for free horror books on Amazon. One of the featured freebies was PINES. The story sounded like something I would get into and I had just gotten my Kindle, and was having fun checking out new authors.
What a great find it was. It has been a little more than a year and I have read all but one or two of Crouch's books, and haven't found one that I didn't love. PINES was simply amazing,...more
Maggie Reed
This book was so disturbing to me that it took a while to get to another book, and I had to make sure I didn't read another one of Blake's right away. I started my Crouch journey with Abandon, and it sucked me in. He's an incredible writer, and although the sentence fragments used to bother me as an editor, I've gotten over that. Sometimes he uses them a little to often, but for the most part, they're interspersed well. The next in this series comes out in 2014. I thought to myself before I star...more
Bob Milne
Up until the last act, Pines was a fantastic Twilight Zone slice of storytelling. It was weird and creepy and entirely unsettling. Yes, Blake Crouch seeded the entire novel with hints and clues as to what was really going on with his idyllic little town, but the ultimate reveal of the finale was still a shock.

With that in mind, I really had no idea where he could take things with Wayward. While I had some suspicions, and even some expectations, I really didn't know, with the curtain pulled back...more
Markus
Almost five stars, mainly because the mystery part that made first one so special is not here anymore; there's is still all kinds of questions, but the honeymoon is over. That being said, is still a great book, a second best for this year, after Pines.

Now is time to explore what is feels like be on the other side of fence, inside the conspirators, the mystery. We get to know more of how and why the citizens of Wayward live their daily lives and also see a little bit of from the 'Overlords' side....more
Richard Guion
I have to Lem this one. The first book was good - but after it ended I just can't buy into the premise. It will be interesting to see where the TV show goes in their adaption.
Reeda
A peek behind curtain into the lives of some of the Pines residents in the form of back stories gave this book a more fleshed out complete story which I enjoyed more than Pines. I especially liked learning more about the town's founder, Mr. Pilcher. Many events in this book keep it going at a great pace to it's shocking cliffhanger...

Looking forward to the next book coming out in 2014 and also to the TV show coming out the same year.
Bill
I liked this one. I thought it was a faster pace than Pines and really had time to develop some depth of character. When I finished Pines (I did like it) I thought that the story really had a chance to be epic and just fell a bit short. Well, now with the second installment, I think it may be getting to be just that…epic. Looking forward to the third installment and see how this bad boy wraps up. 3.5+ Stars.
Rick Fisher
4.5 stars

This is a tremendous series. I devoured "Wayward" even faster than it's prequel "Pines".
Blake Crouch really amped up the suspense, danger, excitement and intrigue in this novel. Where the first in this series had a plethora of clichés, I felt this one moved past those and propelled itself into a different direction.
The reader is introduced to some new and interesting characters in this story. Tobias, the Fishers, Alyssa. Each new character adds more life and suspense and second gues...more
Torok Istvan
This is one of the best series I have read. Recommend it to everyone.
Teri


This was my kind of book - part sci-fi, part horror, part murder mystery, people in situations with no explanation of how they got there - I'm totally in. When I received this book from NetGalley, I didn't realize it was the second book in a series, but I didn't have any trouble after the first twenty pages or so. And I'm definitely planning on reading the first book and getting the third when it comes out next year.


As I was reading this book, a saying kept running through my head: One man's hea...more
Bill
Nov 12, 2013 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whoever enjoys thrillers and dystopian settings.
Second in a series, I was quickly re-absorbed into the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Ethan Burke, our protagonist who was rudely thrust into the very closed society of Wayward Pines in the first book, "Pines", is back - this time as Sherriff. Burke has become a part of the inner circle but the elevated role does not sit well with him. The mysterious murder of a prominent Pines resident spurs Burke into action. He is positively obsessed in his effort to root out the murderer. As he progresses, he...more
Laura
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Oh did this book blow my mind. As any other Crouch books I am hooked from the beginning. It starts out intense and continues till the end. And what a cliffhanger!! I want the next book out yesterday. Also might be mild spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Pines, so forewarned!
The book follows Pines, with Ethan now the Sheriff of the small town in Idaho, with his wife and son. Things are not as they seem in this small town, and t...more
Dana
Blake Crouch has mastered the art of creeping me out. This follow-up to PINES is, as expected, the perfect continuation. If you have not read PINES, you should read that first (http://www.amazon.com/Pines-Wayward-e...). Crouch does an excellent job of explaining the concept and characters, and I'm sure this one would work as a stand-alone, but reading them in order will make for a much more satisfying reading experience.

Few authors can hold my attention, word for word. I appreciate efficient wri...more
Dan
461 Residents of Wayward Pines, Idaho live in fear. Fear of their lives which are monitored; afraid to do or say the wrong things. Although the town is peaceful, it is surrounded by an electric fence so nobody can leave. The residents do not know what is on the other side of the fence nor do they know why they are imprisoned here. Sherriff Ethan Burke knows, but has to answer to those in charge or his family will be in danger.

This is the sequel to Pines where we learned how Ethan got here, now W...more
Elaine
This is the second book in a three part series which started with Pines. Although it is not necessary to have read Pines first, it will help, but I think it will be necessary to have read this book at least before reading the third book in the series, when that is released.

It is very hard to categorise this book – part horror, part science fiction, part dystopian, part conspiracy read. If you like your horror set in small town America then this read really should be right up your street. I have...more
Pat
I really liked Wayward, one star more than Pines. Pines is a good action-packed book which introduces the reader to the secret of the town of Wayward Pines. But, Wayward reveals even more about the town and provides a cliff- hanger ending to start book 3 "The Last Town" due in July. My only question is: can't the release date be moved up to sooner than July? I've got to know how this ends.
Darcia Helle
This is the second book in the Wayward Pines trilogy. If you haven't read Pines, the first book in this series, I highly recommend starting there.

Wayward begins where Pines left off, and it's every bit as good. Reviewing this one is tricky without giving away things from the first book, which I don't want to do. Here, we get to know many of the people living in Wayward. We learn more about how and why they're locked in this town. As with all Blake Crouch's books, the pace is quick and the plot i...more
Kimberly
4.5 stars, rounded up.

WAYWARD is the sequel in the planned trilogy of Blake Crouch's PINES. This novel picks up right where PINES left off. I have to say that I was VERY impressed with this one! Although I enjoyed PINES, I felt that the characterization was even better in WAYWARD, the motivations more plausible, and the behind-the-scenes look really gave a lot of credibility to this story. If everyday "life" hadn't made its presence known, I would have gladly finished this book in a single sitti...more
Jennifer
Wayward was #2 in the Wayward Pines series. I was a little lost in the beginning because I read so many books in between Pines and Wayward, but I quickly picked up the story and characters again. Ethan Burke is now sheriff of Wayward Pines and trying to get used to his new life there... but is he really or does he really want to find out more about Wayward Pines and why it was created. I loved the constant mystery surrounding the town and its residents. Blake Crouch does a great job describing t...more
Lindsey Bernath
Whoa. I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. Better than the first book in the trilogy and currently downloading the third! Can't wait for the TV series in January!
Tony Moore
I really enjoy the series, and I anxiously await the final book. The last chapter really leaves you hanging.
This book also does a great job of fleshing out the characters introduced in "Pines" the first book.
Christina Robinson
Even better that book one!!!! How am I supposed to wait until July??!!???!!!

Everything about this story is up my alley. I reviewed The Pines and said it has everything...I was wrong this has everything!

The ending just leaves you wanting so much more!!!
David Stoneking
This book is horrible! and not for the reason everyone is including in the negative reviews. It's horrible, because in this book you get an inside look to the management of Wayward Pines, the omnipresent cameras, the social engineering, the manipulation.

When you finally get to see the full picture you realize how incredibly stupid it all is. Like, why would you put the most rebellious member of your community as the sheriff? Why wouldn't you use motion sensors activated cameras (instead of the...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
I'm not sure what I thought when deciding to read this but yeah, bad idea!

OMG. Mr. Crouch could write a textbook on how not to set up a conspiracy and certainly he failed his leadership courses. It was ridiculous. The whole, entire thing was ridiculous.

From making him sheriff to trying to exert such control over the then sheriff -- after he made the new sheriff watch the old sheriff die. I think he even managed to put ebil cackling in there too.

This is one of those set ups where I'd bet stone ha...more
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Blake Crouch was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book
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