Wayward

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Overview

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid 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. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly...

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Overview

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid 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. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff and one of the few who knows the truth — Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480538320
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Wayward Pines Series , #2
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Blake Crouch was born in the North Carolina piedmont in 1978. He earned his undergraduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, publishing his first two novels within five years of graduation. Since then he has published eight additional novels as well as multiple novellas, short stories, and articles. His novels Fully Loaded, Run, and Stirred, which was co-written with J. A. Konrath, have each earned spots in the top ten of the Kindle bestseller list. Three novels, one novella, and one short story have all been optioned for film. He lives today in Durango, Colorado.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    This was my kind of book - part sci-fi, part horror, part murd



    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 heaven is another man's hell. Some of the people inside the fence, with almost every aspect of their life dictated, wanted nothing more than to get out. A man who had been sent out years earlier to collect information just wanted to get back in so he could have a "normal" life and feel safe again. I guess the grass is always greener and it's all about what you can live with and tolerate.

    I really liked Ethan Burke. As sheriff, he knew the truth about what was going on in the town, and yet still had to keep it from everyone, including his wife and son. He had to play both sides and did it very well. Ethan was intelligent, loyal to his beliefs, and just downright ballsy - everything you want the hero to be. The supporting characters all had a purpose and the antagonists were dark and twisted - just as they should be in a story such as this.

    Were there plot holes? Of course - it's sci-fi. Were they easily overlooked by the reader? For me, yes. When reading sci-fi, you have to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy. I certainly did. This book ended with a major cliffhanger, making me even more anxious to get my hands on the next book. If you're a sci-fi fan, look into this series.

    I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    A fate worse than death awaits the townsfolk of Wayward Pines. P

    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 crosshairs…and hell is an inferno that is run by Lucifer for the greater good of the underworld.

    If you want to totally and completely destroy a man’s soul without actually taking his life—consider this a more interesting social experiment than prison—just put him in the midst of a makeshift town, with other ne’er-do-wells just like him, put the meanest, nastiest, cruelest bastard you can find in charge, and then surround the boundary with a sea of mean and nasty bastard, secure the perimeter with an electrified and razor wire fence, and then you’ll have hell on earth. Oh, and you may want to bring a mortician by periodically to collect the bodies. Otherwise, you can let it all play out on the TV monitors from the comfort of your own home. Now that, my friends, is reality television.

    Plenty of normal characters, and even a psychopath or two, grazed these pages. A few of the more prominent ones were Kate Ballinger, Theresa Burke, Pam (no last name), David Pilcher, and of course, Ethan Burke, who has a bit of the tragic hero in his blood. But tragedy kept me flipping pages as trees and scrub brush and an abby or two went up in flames. I was a rubbernecker on this side of the road, thankful that I could keep right on driving, because there was no way in hell I planned to stop for this crazy train.

    While there’s certainly a mystery here, with a dead body that appears fairly early on, the real pleasure here, sadistic as it may be, is the horror that surrounds this town, and the horrors contained within. Catastrophe meet WAYWARD, and neither, I’m sure, will benefit from the introduction. As my eyes opened wide, the continued hallucinations nearly took my breath away. And if I hadn’t already been to Boise and realized it’s actually a decent place, I’d have probably wiped Idaho from my Christmas list.

    I received this book for free through NetGalley.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    Even with some of the best books, you tend to forget characters

    Even with some of the best books, you tend to forget characters or specific plot lines over time. With the worst, you forget the entire book immediately (if you’re lucky). Not so with “Wayward,” the second book in the planned Wayward Pines Trilogy. The minute I picked this up and started reading, I fell completely back into this world. And it was not one I had forgotten in the least.

    Blake does an excellent job of making the dreaded middle book of a series just as compelling as the first and leaves you with great anticipation for the third. Each character is fascinating and their motives aren’t always clear, which serves to draw you deeper into the mystery of this place. As in the first book, just about every fear you could have is visited, with the result that everyone should find something in the book that will scare them, disturb them or make their flesh crawl.

    The best books are the ones that wrap you into their world, leaving you with a lingering sense of atmosphere and drawing you in to the exclusion of all else. This book has definitely accomplished that and I’m looking forward to the next addition to this series.

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