Curious about “Wayward Pines,” the star-studded TV “event” from Fox and M. Night Shyamalan? Then you’ll want to check out Book #2 in its source material series, Wayward from Blake Crouch, which Thomas & Mercer is releasing on September 17th.
The first installment of Crouch’s The Wayward Pines Series, Pines (released 8/21/2012), was an International Thriller Award nominee that has earned fans the world over. In Wayward, Crouch returns readers to Wayward Pines, where nothing is as it seems.
To the outside eye the town is bucolic, a peaceful refuge of clean air, mountain views, and neighborly conviviality. But the idyllic surroundings mask a terrifying secret, and a closer look reveals the town as a prison of electrified fences and razor wire, sniper patrols, and relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. Shut off from the rest of the world and unsure of how they arrived in Wayward Pines, residents live by the rules of an unseen force. Former FBI agent Ethan Burke, now the town’s sheriff, is one of the few who has seen the world beyond and knows the truth about Wayward Pines: It’s not just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is an unfathomable nightmare.
Inspired by the creepy suspense and eerie otherworldliness of works such as “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” and “Lost,” Wayward secures Blake Crouch’s status as a master storyteller whose genre-defying thriller will keep readers off-kilter and on their toes until the riveting conclusion.
And if you’re already a fan who’s worried about what might happen to Pines during its transition from the page to the small screen, Crouch is serving as a producer and writer on the series so keep the faith!
Look for an excerpt soon, and in the meantime here are the synopses of both Wayward the novel and “Wayward Pines” the TV show:
Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden… except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and whom to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.
Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining.
“Wayward Pines” Synopsis
Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
Along with Dillon, the series stars Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Lindsey Kraft, Greta Lee, Juliette Lewis, and Melissa Leo. An intense, mind-bending thriller, “Wayward Pines” is set to debut in 2014.
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