5 / 5 Stars
Compulsive reading. Fabulous stuff.
Some books are like cordon bleu meals. You linger over each word and enjoy the artistry of it all. Others are like fast-food; satisfying, speedy but forgettable.
The Wayward Pines series seems to sit somewhere in between the two. On the one hand, I relish the author's staggering ability to captivate the reader for the entire book, with no lulls or 'boring parts'. On the other hand, I appreciate its 'bubblegum value' - the pure entertainment of it all, and the fact that it's not pretending to be high literature in any way.
If you're not familiar with the series, the previous book started with Ethan, an FBI agent, rocking up to a very peculiar town - the seemingly idyllic Wayward Pines. He keeps trying to escape, and learns that things in the outside world are very, VERY different to how he remembers.
In book two, we see Ethan joining the 'bad guys'. He's the local sheriff and he spends his days obeying orders. Except there's a quiet uprising going on in Wayward Pines... the question is, whose side is he on?
Okay, so I went into this book hoping and praying it would be as good as the first. And it was! I was completely engrossed right from the start, and as with the first, there were plenty of unexpected twists to keep me hooked. Sure, some aspects were incredibly far-fetched to the point of being ludicrous, but when you're reading these books, it doesn't seem to matter. You just accept the world that the author has created, and buckle your seatbelts for the ride.
I've got the third and final one to go and I think I'll be in mourning when I've completed them all - they've been so good!