#BookReview: Pines by Blake Crouch (book 2 Wayward Pines) 3/5 Stars

Overview: after discovering the horrible truth about the town and the outside world, Ethan Burke joins the dark side and becomes sheriff. Tasked with keeping everyone safe and being a good soldier, he is still uneasy about the whole mess. He becomes angry after a citizen commits suicide in front of him, and crashes his barely used jeep. The cause of the wreck was partly because of his mood, and partly because of the woman stabbed and exsanguinated  laying in the middle of the road. The search is on for her murder and the rabbit hole goes deeper than ever as Ethan finds the original suspects are red herrings to the murder. Resolving to resolve all matters in one night, he sets up an elaborate party and begins to dismantle everything about the town. The man in charge gives in and signs everyone’s death certificate using a single door.

Opinion: I didn’t realize it until now, but this series has a very big “1984” by George Orwell, feeling to it. The cameras, public manipulations and evil government in a dystopyian like world. Unlike the first one, this book was a little more predictable but still exciting to find the motives behind the madness. Even then there was nothing too shocking except for finding out the identification of the murder victim. It is still fast paced and a great follow up to the first book, I think the series is just starting to lose it’s edge. The third holds big promises as the town is falling apart and Ethan might get the surprise of his life.