Pines - the inspiration for the Wayward Pines TV series

  • Posted on: 16 August 2019
  • By: Lore

Pines Book CoverSomething is not quite right in Wayward Pines, Idaho - that much is obvious from the start of this book. At first, things just seem a little off, but the story slowly reveals just how wrong things actually are. The little things start to add up to something that just doesn't make any sense. You experience the story from the perspective of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, and he is not the type to just let things go.  His need to understand what is going on drives him to poke his nose where it isn't wanted, and the more he peels back the onion the more bizarre things get.

If you haven't seen the TV series (Wayward Pines) yet then I suggest that you avoid it before you read this book as it spoils the story rather quickly.  Without any prior knowledge you will find yourself formulating and discarding many theories as to what is going on, and you will likely be surprised when the big reveal finally comes. Although I must admit that the reveal itself was not what I expected, I also found that it wasn't completely fulfilling for me because some of the explanation given just didn't resonate well with me. In order to avoid spoilers I really can't say more about it, other than the author does explain it all and doesn't leave you hanging, which is a good thing for a story of this type. Ultimately this story is like one long Twilight Zone episode, so if you like that type of fiction then you should definitely give it a go. If you don't, then this should be a pass for you.

For audiobook fans this type of story makes for a great listen, and in many ways it provides a superior experience to visually seeing things as presented in the TV series. The audiobook medium allows the reader to be kept in the dark for much longer than a visual format and Paul Michael Garcia does a decent job as the narrator.