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Audiobook Review: Wayward by Blake Crouch

I recently reviewed Pines, the first book in the Wayward Pines Trilogy. Now, let’s take a look at the second book: Wayward. Read on for my thoughts on this thriller by Blake Crouch.

Publisher’s Summary

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid 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 who 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.

My Thoughts

With this book, Blake Crouch succeeded in making a sequel that’s just as compelling as the original. The story from the first novel continues to unfold and evolve in Wayward, providing more answers while raising additional questions. It’s an inspired thriller that delivers on all levels, and I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook. As with the first audiobook, this Brilliance Audio production features Paul Michael Garcia as the narrator. He, once again, breathes life into Blake Crouch’s words, further immersing the reader into this already mysterious and intriguing tale. There are a bounty of delightful supporting characters, and Ethan Burke’s continued descent into madness is thrilling and frightening to see. Wayward is a top-tier book that deserves your attention, which is why I strongly recommend it.

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