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Federal agent Ethan Burke encounters more than he bargains for during an investigation into missing agents when he awakens from a terrible accident and discovers that not only is his identification gone, but the behavior of the townspeople seems off.

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The one-million copy bestseller that inspired the Fox TV show.

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.

2013 International Thriller Award Nominee

Publisher: Las Vegas, NV :, Thomas & Mercer,, [2012]
ISBN: 9781503946606
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 17, 2017

We’ve seen this scenario before: guy (or gal) wakes up, usually in a hospital after an accident, and the world has changed. Could be zombies, aliens, time shifts, etc. And thus starts Pines, clearly written with a TV series in mind. But Pines is an adrenaline rush of a mystery/thriller that is hard to put down, because we want to know what is going on. The mystery is revealed at the end, so despite the author’s outstanding ability to create page-turning tension, will the second book be as good? Only one way to find out!

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

This book was a major page turner. I HAD to find out how much more could be completely crazy! Very suspenseful, very attention grabbing, lots of twists and turns.

ArapahoeKayla Nov 08, 2016

An absolute thrill ride of a Science Fiction novel. It will have you guessing the entire read and you will not be able to put this book down! As someone who can sometimes judge a books ending harshly I found Pines to have one of my all time favorite endings purely because I never saw the twist coming. Give this exciting read a try if you need a book to easily get into.

Sep 28, 2016

Very well written. It is a page turner! Will keep you up all night reading! Great choice to read! Thank you HPL

Aug 24, 2016

started off good but lost me in the middle ending was great

Aug 22, 2016

keeps the reader captivated. The ending was genuinely surprising and was nothing I could have predicted.

Jun 22, 2016

Remember when M. Night Shyamalan first came on the scene and made good movies? How about the first the time you saw Twin Peaks? This book reminded me of that. It's not like it was the greatest piece of literature, but I have to admit I could not put it down and had to find out what the hell was going on. Thanks to some experimentation in the 80's and 90's my brain is a tiny bit off, and I really had no clue what was happening and all of my guesses were wrong in the end. I wish now I would have only bought the first piece though because I can't imagine this working as a trilogy. It seems to me that it would be better with a bizarre and cryptic ending and I'm afraid it's going turn into another soap opera from here on out.

Sep 07, 2015

I wanted to read this after seeing the tv show. There are differences between the two but the book was pretty good.

Jun 30, 2015

Captivating! Enthralling read that leaves you curious, terrified, and intrigued. I can't wait to read the next book.

Jun 16, 2015

Author's choppy writing style distracted from an interesting storyline

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Aug 22, 2016

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Jun 18, 2014

Blake Crouch is one of a kind. He puts you on the roller coaster, straps you in and I can guarantee you the ride of your life.


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May 28, 2015

"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". -pg 278


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