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Since I found out that the TV series “Wayward Pines” was based on a book series I’ve wanted to read the books as the series was just so good! So here it is, my thoughts on the first book, called “Pines”.


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 phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

If you haven’t read this book, and intend to, I would stop reading this blog entry now! I can’t guarantee that it will be spoiler free.

This is one of those books that could probably be read in one sitting, especially if it grips you from the beginning. I think I read it in three, because, you know, life got in the way.

We are introduced to Ethan Burke, our main character who has no memory of who he is, lost on the outskirts of Wayward Pines and injured beyond belief.

Wayward Pines is a beautiful and idyllic small town in Idaho. The people are welcoming, the hospital induces a fear like none other, and there’s just something… something that isn’t quite right. After stumbling around the Pines for a short while, the memory of Burkes injuries come flooding back. Car accident. Mack. Partner. Black out.

Nurse Pam is a sadist. She certainly loves her needles! And, I shall add that she was perfectly cast in the TV series as well.

I enjoyed how the actual story played out, from the waking up and beginning to remember through to the final revelation of what the heck was going on. About 2/3rds of the way through we find out that there’s definitely something dodgy going on outside the town, and perhaps it’s not a prison to keep people in, but a safe haven to keep something out. The way that Burke is handed his new position at the end of the book was a bit… sinister, but it was good to see the differences between the book and the TV series.

I think the one thing that annoyed me the most through the book though was the amount of body breaking exercise that Burke is put through. From the waking up and having broken ribs, to the running around the hospital, then again naked out in the streets [and not the only time he gets all naked either!]. Running through the forest… climbing clifftops, and through cramped air vents… and he doesn’t really seem to suffer from the after effects, except maybe once is it really described as a problem. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad, except the events of the book cover only about five or six days, so…. this was my bit of suspended disbelief.

I look forwards to reading the next one, and hopefully being introduced to more of the characters of Wayward Pines. This was essentially a one man show, with a couple of others thrown in to make life tough.

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