Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Book Review)

Today’s book review is the science fiction novel Dark Matter written by Blake Crouch, the man who created the Wayward Pines series.

 

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Wayward Pines: Genesis (Book Review)

Genesis is a Wayward Pines Prequel by Steven Konkoly. Steven builds on Blake Crouch’s original Wayward Pines series, by crafting a story which aims to answer some of the burning questions left behind by the original trilogy. Mainly, how did David Pilcher create the fenced off town of Wayward Pines in the first place, with all those abbies surrounding the Superstructure.

 

Genesis begins with David Pilcher and his elite crew emerging from the suspension pods, to discover that they are all that is left of humanity. With the help of Adam Hassler, Pilcher begins his massive project to recreate the town of Wayward Pines, by constructing the 12 foot electrified fence that will eventually surround and protect the idyllic little town.

Steven Konkoly does such a great job with this novel that had I not read his name on the front cover of the book, I wouldn’t have known that Genesis wasn’t actually written by Blake Crouch himself. It remains true to the original series in every way imaginable, and is a fantastic addition to the world of Wayward Pines. This book is perfect for old fans already familiar with either Blake’s series, or the TV adaptation, as well as for unfamiliar newbie’s who are looking for an introduction to the story.

There were one or two points that I noticed didn’t correlate with the original novels, but these were extremely minor issues that most others wouldn’t notice, and which aren’t overly relevant. Otherwise, this is a great book, if a little short. At 5 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend Genesis.

 

Those who haven’t already done so can watch the trailer for the Wayward Pines TV series here:

 

Or check out my reviews of Blake Crouch’s original Wayward Pines trilogy here:

Book 1: Pines

Book 2: Wayward

Book 3: The Last Town

Wayward Pines: Book 3 – The Last Town (Book Review)

Dr. David Pilcher has dedicated his life to the planning and implementation of a scientific research model that he hopes can preserve and prolong the survival of the human race. The small town he created is flanked by mountain cliffs, and nestled in amongst a large grove of pine trees, it is the last town habitable by humans, situated amidst a hostile environment.

Local Sheriff, Ethan Burke, has finally chosen to inform the residents of Wayward Pines, about the harsh reality that surrounds them and the reasons behind their old-fashioned ways of living.

David Pilcher, angry that Ethan has betrayed his trust, powers down the electrified fence that surrounds his idyllic town and opens the door to the danger that lies beyond. His town is no longer a safe haven, the last town in which humans can live in peace and tranquillity, instead it is about to become overrun with monsters.

Ethan’s rash actions have dire consequences on the town’s inhabitants, but can he save the lives of those he’s put in danger, including those of his own family?

 

Favourite Quotes:

“I’ve found in my life that sometimes the best company is your own”. – Belinda Moran. (p79)

 

“I think I finally understand why God went away and left the world to destroy itself”. – David Pilcher. (p168)

 

“I alone have the key to what will save us all”. – Adam Hassler. (p197)

 

“I think you got your scripture wrong. God didn’t get exiled. It was the other guy”. – Ethan Burke to David Pilcher. (p258)

 

The Last Town is the third and final instalment in Blake Crouch’s sci-fi mystery trilogy, Wayward Pines. Book 3 is not as strong as Blake’s earlier novels, with the feeling that it is being fleshed out a little too much, just to extend his story that wee bitty longer than is strictly necessary. However, with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, it does provide a fitting conclusion to the overall mystery.

 

Wayward Pines has now been edited for the big screen, combining all three novels:

  • Pines
  • Wayward, and
  • The Last Town

Into a ten episode mini-series, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon and Shannyn Sossamon.

 

There are a number of differences between the book and the TV show but the main plot themes remain in tandem.

 

You can watch the trailer for it here:

 

See also:

Wayward Pines: Book 1 – Pines

Wayward Pines: Book 2 – Wayward

 

Wayward Pines: Book 2 – Wayward (Book Review)

Ethan Burke is the new Sheriff in charge of the idyllic town of Wayward Pines, and is the only person to have ventured beyond the electrified fence that surrounds the town. He knows the secret that lies beyond the walls and of the unpleasant reality that Dr. David Pilcher is shielding from the rest of the inhabitants.

Ethan is slowly adjusting to his family’s new life in Wayward Pines and following Dr. Pilcher’s orders to ensure the other residents adhere to the town rules, keeping them oblivious to the 24/7 sniper surveillance and the danger that surrounds them.

However, not all of the inhabitants are as willing to forget the past or to forego their old lives and loves. It is feared that a rebellion has been formed by the residents that seek to escape and return to the outside world, headed by Ethan’s ex-colleague Kate Hewson. They call themselves ‘The Wanderers’ because they have found a way to remove their microchips, trick the cameras and travel around town at night, unseen.

Ethan must convince ‘The Wanderers’ that his loyalties do not lie with David Pilcher, in order to insinuated himself within their ranks in a bid to find out their true purpose and foil their operation. As leaving Wayward Pines is not an option.

Meanwhile, Wayward Pines has also had its first murder. A woman called Alyssa, originally acting as a mole within ’The Wanderers’, is found stabbed to death near the outskirts of town and Ethan has been tasked with investigating the incident. When he finds out that the woman was a part of the staff in the mountain complex, he wonders why the investigation wasn’t conducted internally, but soon learns some shocking truths.

Is Ethan’s ex-colleague Kate to blame, or is there a more sinister plot behind Alyssa’s death? And what are ‘The Wanderers’ really up to when they sneak out about town late at night?

 

Favourite Quotes:

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Work hard, be happy and enjoy your life in Wayward Pines”. – Prominent notice to all the residents of Wayward Pines.

 

“So, lawman, are you walling us in? Or walling something out?” – Peter to Sheriff Burke. (p33)

 

“Never assume you know where someone else is coming from”. – David Pilcher. (p78)

 

“For every perfect little town, there’s something ugly underneath. No dream without the nightmare”. – David Pilcher. (p228)

 

Wayward is the second instalment in Blake Crouch’s sci-fi mystery trilogy, Wayward Pines, which has now become a ten episode TV series directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon and Shannyn Sossamon. Wayward is the sequel to ‘Pines’ and the precursor to ‘The Last Town’.

There are a number of differences between the book and the TV show, however the main plot themes remain in tandem and continue the story of Ethan Burke’s new life in the peaceful little town of Wayward Pines.

At 5 out of 5 stars Wayward is a fantastic continuation of this exciting sci-fi mystery series that ends with a number of surprising twists, some that even those already familiar with the show might find unexpected.

 

See also:

Wayward Pines: Book 1 – Pines

Wayward Pines: Book 3 – The Last Town

 

Wayward Pines: Book 1 – Pines (Book Review)

A man wakes up next to the river in the small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho with no personal possessions, except a small pocket knife, and suffering from memory loss. In the hospital his memory returns: His name is Special Agent Ethan Burke and he was involved in a car accident with his colleague Agent Stallings. They were travelling to the small town of Wayward Pines to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents, one of which being his old partner Kate Hewson. They have been missing for the last ten days.

As events move forward Ethan finds Agent Bill Evans’ dead body in an abandoned house, while Kate, Ethan’s ex-partner, and also his ex-mistress, is now much older, married and living comfortably in Wayward Pines.

Ethan is left bewildered and begins to realise that Wayward Pines is a rather odd place and that the inhabitants are rather peculiar. Any attempts to contact his wife and son by telephone appear to be fruitless, Kate is nearly 20 years older than she should be and there is an electrified fence surrounding the town, but is it there to keep the residents in or to keep something else out?

Ethan longs to leave town but soon finds that there’s no road out, instead he’s being accused of murder. Can he escape from the angry mob that wants him dead and find a way back to his family?

 

Favourite Quote:

“Hi, you’ve reached the Burkes. Sorry we aren’t here to take your call…unless of course you’re a telemarketer…then we’re thrilled to have missed your call, and, in fact, we’re probably dodging it and encourage you to forget this number. Otherwise, leave it at the beep”. – The Burkes answering machine message. – p62

 

Pines is the first instalment in the Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch, followed by ‘Wayward’ and then finally ‘The Last Town’, and which has now become a ten episode TV series directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Matt Dillon, Shannyn Sossamon and Juliette Lewis.

 

I read this book after watching the TV series so I already knew the story, but at 5 out of 5 stars the novel is really well written and put together beautifully.

 

Set in idyllic Wayward Pines, the main indication that things are not what they seem is shown by the odd way in which the residents treat the main character, Ethan, as though he has had a psychotic episode, in an attempt to shield him from the harsh reality he would otherwise face. Ethan however has a very strong mind and knows that that he is being manipulated and will stop at nothing to either find out why, or to escape the confines of the town and return home. That is until he learns the horrifying truth behind Wayward Pines.

 

See also:

Wayward Pines: Book 2 – Wayward

Wayward Pines: Book 3 – The Last Town