REVIEW 021: PINES by Blake Crouch (#Book 1)

June 11, 2018

  303 pages


“Wayward Pines is just a shrunken world. A small town never left. Fear and faith in the unknown still apply, just on a smaller scale. The boundaries of the world you came from were space and God. In Pines, the boundaries are the cliff walls that protect the town, and the mysterious presence in the mountains aka me.”


PINES is the first book in THE WAYWARD PINES THRILLER TRILOGY. From research, Pines is actually a movie series however I haven't seen it but I am pretty sure it would make a lot sense. 
Personally, I did not enjoy this book. I mean I enjoyed the concept of the book but it felt like Agent Ethan Burke would have been bad ass character in a war scene than lost in a woods while trying to get back to his previous life. Two things made me flip the next page of this book; (1) I bought this book with my hard earned money (2) I wasn't ready to go back to studying for exams so I decided to complete the book; besides what is 300 pages anyway.

Don't get me wrong. The book is quite engaging in the sense that you kinda want to know what is on the other side of the wall; like what would Ethan find? would he escape and see his family again? I needed answers to these questions so I kept on with the book.



When I read "Dark Matter", I fell in love with the author Blake Crouch and his ability tp stretch his mind to a really far distance. Hence, I decided to buy more of his books. Reading the first series - PINES - of the Wayward Pines trilogy, it is safe to say that Black loves next lines and has a phobia for full sentences.

Another issue I had with the book was its lack of diversity - it kinda felt flat. Again I feel Ethan is highly underestimated in this book.



PINES has quite a compelling plot. Special Agent Ethan went on a mission to find out what happened to his colleagues at Wayward Pines but got into an accident. He wakes up and is trying to trace his way back to reality however the town seems a bit off. Everyone is just too nice. Everything is peaceful and calm. And no one seems to have an idea where is stuff was in the accident. No one also wants to help him contact people outside Wayward. Weird right? Yup it gets better when you read the book



I don't have any favorite character in the book as I was not able to connect personally to any of them. Ethan in my opinion would have been better off in a difference scene; Theresa - his wife - kinda confused me in every way; Ben - his son - barely said a word, I believe he was there to complete the family circle; Sheriff Pope - I did not connect at all. 


Have you read this book? I really want to know your thoughts


In conclusion, PINES gets



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