Warning: This review contains spoilers from the first book in the series, Pines, so if you want to avoid being spoiled don’t read any further; you can also read the review for Pines here.
Welcome back to the quaint and lovable town of Wayward Pines where the population stays at a firm 461 and everything is beautiful and perfect all the time, except if you’ve gotten this far you know outside of this wonderful place, beyond the high electrified, protective fences is a barren world filled with post-human creatures known as “abnormals” looking to feast and gorge on anything they can find. But as long as we all keep our cool and pretend everything is hunky-dory and normal then no one will be the wiser, except for those guys hiding in the mountains watching our every move on their thousands of hidden TV cameras. Just sit back and enjoy the manufactured sounds of those crickets.
There’s a new sheriff in town, because the last one was getting a little too big for his boots and the big guy in charge decided to cut his career (and life) short. It’s our hero, Ethan Burke, looking to follow the protocol and keep everyone in line, like they’re supposed to, according to the regulations and rules they read when they first became citizens of Wayward Pines in the year 3813. For that he gets to come home to his lovely wife and son and live in the perfect house as well as a respected member of society.
Except Burke doesn’t like the way things are run in Wayward Pines; he doesn’t like that no one really knows what’s going on and that he has to keep lying to everyone. He doesn’t like the way the people in control are handling things, and he knows he’ll be putting his family at risk, but this isn’t real life for them anymore.
After the big secret is revealed at the end of Pines, Crouch takes the story to a new level presenting new challenges for the hero and choices to be made. Wayward is a thrilling sequel that tells more of the overall story if the Wayward Pines series and will keep readers hooked to every page, then demanding the third book in the series, The Last Town.
Originally written on October 5, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.
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