**spoiler alert** Sparse, no-nonsense, minimalistic prose makes for fast reading, yet, in spite of Ethan's constant running, it seemed like he, and th**spoiler alert** Sparse, no-nonsense, minimalistic prose makes for fast reading, yet, in spite of Ethan's constant running, it seemed like he, and the plot, weren't going anywhere. The beginning and middle were very suspenseful and thrilling—and there was a sense of urgency to find out what was going on. Why can't Ethan remember certain things, like his home number? His wife's cell phone number? The car accident? Does he really have head trauma, or are the residents of Wayward Pines really out to get him? Why are the sheriff, Arnold Pope, and the nurse, Pam, so secretive and distrustful? Why try to force Ethan to have "emergency surgery"?
Meanwhile, why has Ethan apparently been missing/dead from Seattle for a year, when Ethan seems to only have been in Wayward Pines for 5 days? Why does Beverly claim she came to Wayward Pines in 1985, and will have been there an entire year this year—2012, the year Ethan arrives? Why does Kate Hewson, one of the agents Ethan came to Wayward Pines to find, look to have aged 15 or so years, and now appears to be in her 50s? Why are the residents of Wayward Pines implanted with tracking devices? Why are there no TVs, cell phones, Internet, or any kind of contact with the outside world? Why is there an electric fence around Wayward Pines, and no seeming way out?
All of these questions were fascinating for sure, but when I finally got the answer, I wasn't really sure I wanted it. Around page 230, I ended up skimming several chapters, because I was so tired of reading about Ethan's endless escape quest from the crazed residents, who had banded together and killed Beverly, and then went on the hunt for Ethan. This seemed to go on for ten chapters, this running and chasing, and then it just got worse and weirder once Ethan crossed the river and encountered the strange "humanoid"-animal predators. I should also note that by this point, Ethan had been so injured that it was terribly hard to believe that he was basically still going on adrenaline alone. He'd been in a car accident, had head injuries, had been beaten up by Sheriff Pope which included a broken nose and cracked ribs, he'd been drugged, had his tracking device cut out of his leg with a rusty knife, had (likely) hypothermia after running around naked in the rain all night, and then he encounters the creatures and has his stomach slashed open by one of its jagged talons. I mean, it's the kind of whumpage of fanfiction stuff, but it hardly seemed realistic for a plot of this nature (even before the rest of the plot was revealed).
I have mixed feelings on the reveal. Certainly, I wasn't expecting a "post-apocalyptic", "we're the very last humans on earth and the year is somewhere long past 2500" scenario. I don't know. I do think it's a creative turn of events, but I still can't help feeling a little disappointed. I really only wanted to read this because of the show, and I was really into reading this in the beginning—and felt the show (the first few episodes are all that have aired so far) really stuck to the book's plot well, but I also guess reading this killed some of the mystery, so now I'm wondering if the show will continue to stick to the plot as closely. I know I don't want to read anymore of this series.
This plot made me think of the plot of "Vanilla Sky", a barely describable movie starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz. It was so twisted and kept having more twists that every time you thought you knew what was going on, you turned out to be wrong. Spoiler alert: most of the movie was all a dream. So, not a great comparison to this book but pretty accurate (except for the dream stuff, maybe). ...more
**spoiler alert** This book just bored me, almost to tears. At page 157 (though it was a fairly fast read because of all the simple words and short se**spoiler alert** This book just bored me, almost to tears. At page 157 (though it was a fairly fast read because of all the simple words and short sentences), I decided I didn't really care to learn any more "plot" and skipped ahead to the climax so I could find out whodunit and all. And even that was just stupid. SPOILER ALERT: To avoid wasting any time reading this drivel, Bankston and Melanie did it! They are the a killer couple in so many ways (yes, that horrible pun was intended), and for fun, they like to reenact old murders (you know, like the ones the "Real Murders" club they belong to with the heroine of the novel, Aurora Teagarden, spends extensive time learning about). Anyway, they end the novel by trying to kill Aurora and her young stepbrother, but Aurora is saved by her two love interests in the book, and an old man named Jed with a penchant for firearms.
Now for Aurora. A stereotypical mousy librarian who always seems to say the wrong thing to the wrong people. I mean, generalizing police motivations to Arthur, a cop, and then hastily trying to change the subject? Inviting all the remaining members of the "Real Murders" club to her house and then stating that the murderer obviously had to be one of them? Still offering to host her little brother while murders that were hitting too close to home were happening in her town (as well as getting a box of poisoned candy herself)? Since I've read Charlaine Harris's "Sookie Stackhouse" series, I should have been prepared to spend pages upon pages with Aurora as she goes shopping for new clothes, brushes and styles her hair, and cleans her house when she's feeling sorry for herself—but yet, I was still vaguely annoyed. I mean, it's a murder mystery! Shouldn't there be more time spent on the murders, and the amateur detective work? As a rule for myself, I'm not a fan of "cozy" murder mysteries, but this book was cozy-light, and murder-light and romance-light. I'm honestly not sure what to make of either Robin or Arthur—both seemed like one dimensional male characters, neither of whom could really be attracted to Aurora other than to discuss murders—as she herself seemed only able to discuss.
One of the things I hate about the cozy murders series is that they always seem to be about women who are amateur detectives—smart but not quite qualified to be actual cops, and are still lacking in street smarts, and who always, always end up victims, either purposely targeted by whomever is killing people because she got in the way, or because she gets in the way accidentally, she ends up in life-threatening danger and needs to be rescued. And then it happens again in the next book, and then the next. It just bothers me.
I really only wanted to give this series a try because of a TV movie I saw based on the second book in this series, which was cute and didn't really feel like a cozy (though it definitely was). In spite of not liking this first book, I think I'm still going to try the second book, and see if it's any better.
Well. I thought getting the audiobook from the library and then listening to this book in my car was a good idea. And then it hit me—this is a RizzoliWell. I thought getting the audiobook from the library and then listening to this book in my car was a good idea. And then it hit me—this is a Rizzoli and Isles novel: there will be graphic descriptions of gore! And almost immediately, there was. So I've decided to return the audiobook and check out the regular book instead so I can cringe to myself as I read, rather than cringe aloud while listening.
The person reading the book was doing a nice job in spite of the subject matter, though. ...more