Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Weird Book #3 for #Weirdathon - Pines by Blake Crouch
I have totally lucked out, this month, reading weird books without even trying. Pines by Blake Crouch is definitely weird . . . and also the first in a series (future weirdness alert). When Jenny reviewed Pines, my interest had already been piqued by previews of the television series Wayward Pines, which is based on the books. Husband thought it looked too creepy and refused to watch it (which meant I didn't get to watch it because we really can only have one TV going at a time, thanks to the acoustics in this house).
Pines is the story of a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke who awakens in a pine forest near a river. When he comes to, he can only remember 6 things, not including his own name. He's badly injured and doesn't know what happened to him or how he ended up in a forest. Across a field is a small town surrounded by cliffs. He stumbles into town but he has no wallet, no ID, no cell phone, no money so he can't call home or phone his office, can't buy himself a meal or pay for a stay in a hotel, can't prove his identity. Although it's clear he needs to get medical help, he's surprisingly wary of going to the hospital. Things start to get really weird when he hears a cricket and finds that even the cricket is not what it seems.
All sorts of bizarre things happen in Pines, leading Burke to the conclusion that Wayward Pines is no ordinary town. But, what on earth is going on and why can't he get answers from anyone?
You don't actually find out what's up till the end but it's loads of fun, surprising and super weird. I love it that Pines just happened to be such a bizarre story. I was expecting it to be creepy (and it is) but not quite so twisted. The only problem I had with the book is that the answers to why the town is so strange doesn't entirely explain why the people are so violent when someone doesn't fit in. At least, I didn't get it.
Recommended with a violence warning - Poor Ethan gets beat all to hell repeatedly and toward the end it becomes particularly horrifying just before he figures out what Wayward Pines is all about. I loved the fast pace, the creepiness, the strange atmosphere, and the fact that the answer to what was going on was even weirder than I imagined. Pines would definitely make a great RIP challenge book, in addition to being a terrific choice for #Weirdathon.
Side note: Pines was my very first Inter-Library Loan, ever! Wahoo for Inter-Library Loans! I should have tried this years ago.
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