Pines – Book Review


Finished reading:

Pines (Wayward Pines book 1 ) by Blake Crouch ★★★★


I first picked up this book because I wanted to read something that came out recently and is new to the bookstore I work in. Promo for the TV series just started appearing all around and I like Matt Dillon. When the show started to seem like Twin Peak I was really intrigued.


“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. Joseph Heller”
― Blake Crouch, Pines


It took me three sittings to read this book trough. First part was okay and I had trouble with getting into strange survival mode and fighting instincts of the main character. I’m glad we read this book from perspective of more than just one main character.


Second part of the book was plain scary and horrible – I was scared and disgusted since I don’t respond well to graphic violence. And readers be warned that there are some really disturbing scenes in this book.

“His experience, there was darkness everywhere human beings gathered. The way of the world. Perfection was a surface thing. The epidermis. Cut a few layers deep, you begin to see some darker shades. Cut to the bone – pitch black.”
― Blake Crouch, Pines

What I was waiting on the whole book was a science fiction part of the book that was promised all along. Revealing it would be a major spoiler so I will not say anything.


I loved the backstory. It was enough for me to want to watch the TV series. There are many unanswered questions but the thesis intrigued me quite a bit. At the end of the book was an actual afterword from the author explaining his inspiration and thanking the creators of Twin Peaks and some other shows that made his fascination turn into this book. All the TV shows he mentioned were my favorite so it is no wonder I liked this book and story it suggests.