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(Wayward Pines #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  100,084 ratings  ·  7,948 reviews
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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 ph
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Thomas & Mercer
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Bethlehem They are massively different. I read the book before I watched the show, and knew right off the bat the show would disappoint, and it did. The book is…moreThey are massively different. I read the book before I watched the show, and knew right off the bat the show would disappoint, and it did. The book is darker and more detailed (of course) and they changed a lot. I didn't even look at the second season (which wasn't even in the books). 1st season basically ended were the 3rd book did.(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 ass
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
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
4.5 - I need to next book ASAP.

You know when you find a new TV series and you just want to binge watch it? This is how I feel about his books.

I read Dark Matter last year and loved it so I was excited to read more of his work. This time was no different. Another thriller sci-fi that keeps you on adrenaline and that you can't put down.

Trust me you want to go into this knowing nothing. Just read it.

This didn't end up being what I expected but I really liked it and would recommend it!
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 sma
Aug 01, 2015 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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ethan Burke is stranded in a strange small town named Pines. He suffers from amnesia and can't remember what exactly happened on his mission gone wrong. There seems to be no way out of Pines. He can't reach either his superior or his wife. What is going on here? Why are the boundaries of this town formed by an electric fence? What is Pilcher's role and how will the story end? At parts quite a disturbing read. The first part reminded me a bit on Colin Griffith' novel Underwood but then the story ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Heads up on a Kindle sale, April 28, 2020: $1.99 for each of the three books in this trilogy. Pretty good SF thriller!

Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock or, perhaps, in an isolated cottage in a pine forest, since I had never heard of Wayward Pines — the town, the trilogy of novels by Blake Crouch, or the Fox TV series based on these novels — before I picked up Pines. In this case, being oblivious was a great thing, since the mystery wasn’t spoiled.
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
Richard (on hiatus)
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-us
Pines by Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines #1)

I enjoy thrillers in which you are unaware of pages turning ......... those that read smoothly and seamlessly, contain a plot that seems believable (even if totally fantastical!) and feature writing that’s easy in its skin and unpretentious. Add to this an imaginative premise and a little unsettling strangeness and I’m sold!
Pines by Blake Crouch ticks all the boxes.
Ethan Burke, special agent and ex military is investigating the disappearance of two fellow
Dan Schwent
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly great...

I have a lot on my mind about this book and I'm not going to rehash the plot - the blurb tells you everything you need to know. I'm just going to say:
Agent Ethan Burke wakes up in Wayward Pines after an accident, and nothing is as it seems.
He just wants to leave...but he can't.

Most authors can't tell you where they get their ideas for a story, and even when they do, it doesn't seem to make sense most of the time. Whenever I read a book, it's a little game I play with myself
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
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
In his 2012 thriller Pines, author Blake Crouch serves up a buffet of weirdness where you can sample the flavors of:

- Twin Peaks
- The Bourne Identity
- Pleasantville
- The Matrix
- The Walking Dead
- Jurassic Park
- The Village

Now don’t go interpreting that as a list of literal spoilers, like there are zombies or dinosaurs roaming around, because I’m talking about serving up flavors. If none of those appeal to you, I suggest you feed your reading needs elsewhere. And to continue beating this buffet m
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This being my first novel-length introduction to Crouch, I was not sure what to expect, nor am I still. Ethan Burke awakens on the side of a river with no recollection of how he made it there. Burke does know he's a Secret Service agent and was sent to Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents. He also remembers being in a horrific car accident, but anything more remains a complete blur. Nothing seems to add up and Wayward Pines appears to be a form of Twilight Z ...more
Elizabeth Sagan
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm shook. I've never read a book faster than I've read Pines. Holy moly! To say that it will keep you glued to the page is an understatement.
This is only the second book by Blake Crouch that I've read, but he just hit my Favourite-Authors list.
Absolutely amazing.
Vanessa 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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Update: 26/09/17. The Kindle edition is currently on special offer - 0.99p in the UK, $0.99 in Canada and $1.34 or $0.99 in the States. It's the same price for each book in the trilogy.

One road in
No road out...

I've just finished reading this crazy book - and I'm totally bewildered. The revelation at the end took me by surprise (massive understatement). I didn't see that coming. As with most books, at some point in the story I assume I know which direction it's taking; sometimes I'm right (lucky
Richard Derus
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ✘
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Paige Bookdragon

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
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite, top

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
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something is very, very Wayward Pines.

Pain, confusion and terror fill the mind of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke as he awakens battered and bruised down by the river finding life to be one freakish nightmare. Trying to make sense of his unorthodox predicament, Ethan literally runs from one horror to another.

WAYWARD PINES #1 is a fast-moving, action-packed suspenseful mystery-thriller that kept me guessing from beginning to end and left me anticipating what was coming next!


Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grateful this one didn't end with a terrible cliffhanger. I love how there was some amount of closure but it kept me wanting to pick up the next one soon. ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, mystery, 2015, own
Pretty good start to the series. I am excited to see where the next one takes the story. I was very much reminded of the tv show Lost (and the author even mentions that as an influence). The twists and turns, the mysteries and revelations have so far given me one heck of a mind blowing experience.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthias by: Ɗẳɳ 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
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
"Perfection was a surface thing. The epidermis. Cut a few layers deep, you begin to see some darker shades. Cut to the bone—pitch black."

First of all, I will try to include no spoilers, at least major ones, in this review, but I still suggest you don't read it if you haven't read the book yet. I went into this without knowing anything and I am glad I did!

A man wakes up after an accident: he remembers absolutely nothing, not even his name; his wallet and cell phone had disappeared, and he doesn'
Michele Rene
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Wow, this is a good book. I am going to read the rest of the series.
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
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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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