Title: Wayward (Wayward Pines #2)
Author: Blake Crouch
Length: 298 pages
Where Bethany’s copy came from: IndyPL
Plot Basics: SPOILER ALERT…. sorry…
Now that Ethan Burke is the sheriff of Wayward Pines, he’s got to keep the town’s secret — that the residents are trapped there, behind an electrified fence and what’s outside is worse that they can imagine. When he’s assigned by the PTB to infiltrate a group of dissenters, Ethan has to decide if keeping the charade is really what’s best for the town.
Banter Points: So, on the whole, amazingly, this book was better than the first one. The upswing here, for me, is that so much of the book wasn’t intended to be disorienting. Crouch also didn’t do as much of the super short sentence thing. The plot also took a massive step forward and massive step more complex.
Also, I really like how there are consequences for Ethan’s actions in this book that set up book three. It reminds me a lot of Marcus Sakey’s “Brilliance” trilogy in the way the plot steps up. Given the fact that Sakey is mentioned in Crouch’s acknowledgments (and vice-versa if I recall correctly), it’s nice to see two writers have positive (albeit similar) impact on each other’s work.
Bummer Points: I can’t give it away, but can I just say how much I dislike BOTH Theresa Burke and Kate Ballinger in this book?
Word Nerd Recommendation: If you get through the first one, the second one is worth it to keep going in the series.