The three books of the Wayward Pines book series, Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town, center on the experiences of Secret Service special agent Ethan Burke, who stumbles into a situation in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Although at first it seems like some sort of mystery in the "isolated town" a la The Prisoner, things take an unexpected turn when Ethan discovers… and let's pause for an adorable spoiler kitten.
[SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK SERIES BELOW!]
...that nearly two thousand years have passed, the humans have mutated into monsters, and Wayward Pines is the "real" humanity's last bastion. Unfortunately, Wayward Pines the town is also the brainchild of a maniacal genius billionaire who believes that humanity can only be saved by oppressing, controlling, and way too often killing the people that remain.
My biggest problem with this book series is that I strongly dislike Crouch's writing style.
Constantly break ups.
Into brief sentences.
My second biggest problem is that Crouch does a poor job with characterization. I never warmed to Ethan, his main character, even with all of the extensive danger he's put into, as well as the truly revolting and way over the top torture that occurs in the books, especially in flashback. Come on. Pam is ridiculous and I found her impossible to take seriously. And the Abbys? Also hard to take, and I'm having trouble figuring out how they're going to show them in the television series.
Why did I read all three books, then? Well, mostly, I didn't. I spent a lot of time skimming through the repetitive action sequences because the science fiction aspects of the books intrigued me enough that I wanted to find out what happened next, and how it would end. So I guess on that level the books were a success, because I bought all three of them. And the ending was indeed somewhat satisfying. Although I won't ever re-read the books.
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Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.