Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

Originally posted 2017-05-16 17:00:04.

I saw a commercial for a new show on Fox called Wayward Pines. M. Night Shymalon is the executive producer, and although his films are generally pretty hit or miss with me, his involvement here piqued my curiosity. First things first, though – the series is based on a book trilogy, so in the last week I diligently read the first novel, Pines, and watched the series premiere. Strong feelings of apathy ensued.

Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke is sent to Wayward Pines in Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two other agents. When Burke randomly wakes up on the side of the road, however, he finds himself trying to put together the pieces and figure out 1.) How he became so banged up and disoriented 2.) Where the heck his partner is and 3.) Why the one road that leads out of Wayward Pines keeps leading him right back to the middle of town.

Pines is a science fiction novel, which is not a genre that I typically read. That being said, I think much of my indifference may be due to my unfamiliarity with this particular realm. Once Crouch started getting his sci-fi on, I just started zoning out.

Regardless, the story of Pines is an interesting concept. I’m not going to spoil anything, since that would ruin the book and presumably this season of he show. Both the novel and the series premiere had a bit of a The Village-type feel to it, so Shymalon’s presence can definitely be felt. The first episode covered a lot of ground – probably more than half of Pines, so I’m curious as to where the series will go. For now, I am willing to keep watching. And maybe I’ll read the next novel. Maybe.

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