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(Wayward Pines #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  57,166 ratings  ·  3,248 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.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
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A.B. Alvarez This is one of those series that you should read from the beginning. It could just have easily been one long book and been just as good.

Would you watc…more
This is one of those series that you should read from the beginning. It could just have easily been one long book and been just as good.

Would you watch a Netflix series starting from a random episode? :)(less)
This question contains spoilers... (view spoiler)
Silver I think it is a bit more complicated than that. In the initial shock they may for a time believe themselves to be dead but as time passes I wonder how…moreI think it is a bit more complicated than that. In the initial shock they may for a time believe themselves to be dead but as time passes I wonder how many of them truly deep down believe it to be true? I think even Pam and David know that the people do not whole heartedly believe they are dead (and it would work against them if they did because like you said if they truly thought they were dead than they would have no need to fear bodily harm). But even if they begin to doubt their death accepting the idea of being dead would be easier than considering other possible alternatives. Leading them to believe they are dead gives them the seed of self-denial. They have enough doubt of their death that threats of harm are effective but can use the possibility that they are dead as an easier explanation for what is happening to them. (less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
”I know what they need. Perfection all the time would drive them mad. For every perfect little town, there’s something ugly underneath. No dream without the nightmare.”

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We all have secrets we carry around with us. As a species we aren’t really good at keeping secrets, even those rattling skeletons that could prove detrimental to our lives. In the end, most of us end up telling somebody. You can swear someone to secrecy, but the same itch, the same need to tell someone that compelled you to te
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Ɗẳɳ 2.☊
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present.
Work hard, be happy, and enjoy your life in Wayward Pines.
Notice to all residents of Wayward Pines
(required to be posted prominently in every residence and place of business)

Ethan Burke is now sheriff of Wayward Pines. He knows some of the town's secrets but not even close to all of them.
This series of books are very hard to review without giving any secrets away because the whole damn book is secre
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
4.5 Need to third one ASAP

Love the atmosphere of a small town where things are strange but you don't know what!
Richard (on hiatus)
My first review of 2020 has left me a bit stumped.
Wayward, the second book in Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy follows on directly from book one. The problem in reviewing this instalment is that any mention of the book’s setting or plot will immediately be a major spoiler for book one.
However, our hero Ethan Burke, FBI special agent and general good guy, is still stranded in the strange community of Wayward pines ...... white picket fences handsome Victorian buildings and polite but glazed
Dan Schwent
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Holy freaking cliffhangers, Batman! Good thing I had book 3 in hand. 3.75 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Wayward, the second book in Blake Crouch’s WAYWARD PINES trilogy, picks up right where book 1, Pines, left off. I’ll avoid THE major spoiler for Pines, but minor ones are inevitable, and if there was ever a series where you absolutely need to read the books in order, this one is it. Ethan Burke is the newly-minted sheriff of the small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho (population
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been wondering how to review this book. I want you to read the first Wayward Pines book (PINES) before you tackle this one, and I don't want to give the twists or anything away.

So, I'm going to keep this short.
A successful trilogy usually has this formula:
The first book gives you some situation you find interesting, and ends with a brilliant twist.
The second book rips everything apart, makes you pick a side to do battle on, upsets the norm and makes you want to read the final book...
The thi
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The story gets even tighter and more depressing. "This is the last town on earth and we are surrounded by monsters." Well, what are the "abbies" and who is responsible for Alyssa's death? What is David up to and what does Hassler want? Is Ethan able to rescue this town and his family? Is the fete going as planned? When you have started part one of this trilogy, this second volume is an absolute must read. It has a very dark undertone, is very dystopian and you don't know if the story is set in t ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, arcs
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"Will this place ever feel like home?"

"I don't know," Pam said as she stood. "That's entirely up to you."

Me reading Wayward . . .

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Have you guys read these yet? At least tell me you’ve got the 10 episode television series set to record on your DVR. In case you’re one of the five people left on the planet who has yet to hear about these books, here’s some bad news . . . I can’t really tell you anything that goes dow
This was just as good as the first book in the series, though it didn't move quite as fast, at first. Still, it intrigued me throughout. I learnt my lesson from book 1 - and didn't really bother trying to figure out what was going on or put too much effort into guessing what would happen next; just went along for the crazy ride. And it didn't disappoint.

Ethan is still struggling to control his conflicting emotions - and is trying to fit into his new role in Wayward Pines. There are still a lot o
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! I'm really trying to stay cool while writing this review, but seriously, what the fuck did I just read?! This is no way to finish a book, how dare you Crouch?!?!?! I'm just pleased that I can start book 3 immediately, because waiting, even a day, would be fucking DEVASTATING.

Okay, so now that's out of my system, lets get on with the review.

This book started out a little slow. It didn't hav
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-horror
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. From the moment I began with book one, to the end of book two I have been unable to put this series down.

I liked that book one focused on the character of Ethan Burke, while this one gave some depth to the villain of the series, Thomas Pilcher. While I'm not quite sure how he became the way he is, I did like seeing how he created the technology that brought them here, and his family life before all of this went down.

The book is not as action p
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

These books are like thrillers on crack, and again the story pulled me in from the very first page. So. Much. Win.

First of all, what you need to know is ________________. Indeed, while the ending of Pines offered us some answers, I have to admit that I wasn't completely convinced by _____________________. In that aspect, Wayward turned out to be a strong and satisfying sequel because _______________________. As for the twists and turns the story takes, didn't you love when _______________ ? It w
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I am so happy that I was able to enjoy this second book!

I want to keep this review spoiler-free so I'm not going to say anything about the plot in this one, just that the author still manages to keep some atmosphere of mystery even after the events of the first one, and even though the level of suspense just can't be like the first book, this one was still enjoyable! I love this series!

Starting book 3 :)
This is my third Blake Crouch book and they all have this in common: you can’t put them down once you start. I remember being blown away by the tv series, but even knowing the story in advance doesn’t spoil it in the least. Can’t wait to read the last one!
Elizabeth Sagan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one is a 4.5!
Almost as good as the first one, but the ending didn't impress me too much. Still - super, super good. I've read it in a day, I couldn't put it down!
I can't wait to see what's next! Thank God the last one is already out!
Ɗẳɳ  2.☊

Here goes, Pointless Review #955 (at the time of posting). But is it specifically this review or any review of Wayward that’s pointless? Probably both! The reason is that I imagine those who’ve read the first book fall into one of only two categories: the ones who enjoyed it and are hungry for more, or the ones who couldn’t get past the shoddy writing and all the plotholes. That being the case, I doubt there’s anything I could say to sway your opinion. And the first book was shrouded in so
Edward Lorn
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, hell yeah, this was awesome.

I'm sorry if you do not find this series as cool as I do, and I fully understand that your mileage might vary, but holy shit Wayward Pines is a fun place to visit. This second book wasn't as chock full of what-the-fuckery as the first one, but it held its own. And that ending... Dude, I got goosebumps.

I never knew what to expect, and that's such a refreshing thing to be able to say about book two in a series. I had no idea where Blake was going to go with this se
This is what I kept thinking about the whole time I was reading this and they talked about the "creatures"

An enjoyable second book in the series. Maybe not quite as smooth or suspenseful (a lot more coincidence moves the plot along) but still enjoyable.

Good cliffhanger has me ready for the next book.
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Murder fetes, god complexes, and enough spoilery stuff that I can't even HINT at without getting a crowd of murder fetesers coming after ME for letting the goose out of the bag about the first novel in the series... all this keeps me hungering for more.

You might say I'm a big fan of *spoiler* towns that are totally *spoiler* and ordered in such a way that some know and some don't but they're all in a f***ing *spoiler* anyway.

Of course, secrets abound and Ethan, our hero investigator from the fi
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

"Hell is coming to you."

I have so much to say....but don't I always??? I want to write an amazing, detailed, long review, but that wouldn't do this series any good, I think. I believe that, while I would LOVE to go on and on and on about all the amazingness that is this series, it would stunt the curiosity I piqued in everyone with my first review of the beginning book. So, I'll keep it short and sweet with just a few points to make things curiouser and couriouser for everyone that c
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3.75 what the heck is happening Stars
“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in, or walling out.”
Robert Frost

Wayward is a good follow up to The Pines. It is just as trippy in its own ways and still manages to have a few surprises up its sleeve.

This is a hard book to review because I don’t want to give away any of the key motivations or surprises for Wayward or it’s prequel. It is still a mind trip as w
I still haven't watched the TV adaptation of this series. My plan is to read the trilogy in its entirety first, and then instead of watching the screen, watch my husband instead as he looks like this...

It's going to be awesome.

Wayward is the second installment (middle book) in Blake Crouch's multi-genre trilogy titled: Wayward Pines. This ongoing storyline is super secretive which makes it confusing as hell, but despite that, it's imaginative and engaging enough to keep readers happily hanging o
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Wayward Pines series, and I got to it very quickly after reading the first book. If it is Black Crouch, a page turner it will be.

Wayward continues where Pines left off – with Ethan Burke now the Sheriff of the town. He slowly understands the rationale behind many of the rules the residents have to follow strictly, but cannot help thinking there should be a different way. He finds himself with very limited powers, and Dr Pilcher who conceptualised Wayward Pines cal
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked the first one better, but this second installment was still rather cool.

The story opens about two weeks after the end of the first book. We finally know what Wayward Pines is: (view spoiler). Yep, we are (view spoiler)
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
A great sequel. A little slower in the beginning compared to the first book, but it worked because it answered questions and provided more information. The second half of the book, though...woah, so good! With that ending, I'm jumping right into book 3. Can't wait to see how it all ends! Oh, and one more thing... I despise Pam! ...more
Kortessa Giachanatzi
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A solid five-star for the second book of th Wayward Pines series!! I enjoyed this book even more than the first one! It explains many things about how things got to the point they are now! Blake Crouch has this talent to make us eagerly want to rea, and read, and read till we reach the end... But this not the end!!!
We follow Ethan Burke now being the Serrif trying to solve the mysterios death of a young girl. But till he reaches the solution to it many things come to surface. Many things are re
Ben Kennedy
Nov 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Of course I’m going to give this one 5 stars. Blake Crouch is the man!

I’ll save all the spoilers for book 3, but this one was a great continuation, however it was a little bit slower than the first one and it really took its time to get to the action, but once it got going, it was pure adrenaline fueled suspense.

Overall, a different and fresh kind of sequel, or really an extension of the first, with so many twists and turns in this one, much darker stuff happens and of course it raises some gr
Israt Zaman Disha
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Blake Crouch simply killed it. It is so awesomely intense. I had some complains about Pines but this book has fulfilled everything that is lacking in Pines and much more. He left little questions at places and when I almost forgot about that little question, he revealed something big that bears warning of a big storm coming in the near future. And it ends in a very dangerous note that will force you to start the next book of the series right away. It's so awesome.

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“midmorning. The sky steel blue and not a cloud in sight. His perch was atop a thirty-foot guard tower that had been built on the rocky pinnacle of a mountain, far above the timberline. From the open platform, he had a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks, the canyon, the forest, and the town of Wayward Pines, which from four thousand feet above, was little more than a grid of intersecting streets, couched in a protected valley. His radio squeaked. He answered, “Mustin, over.” “Just had a fence strike in zone four, over.” “Stand by.” 6 likes
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