I read the first book, Pines, a few months ago and it was a crazy mix of science fiction, mystery, and suspense. I don't know what happens in the last two books so I don't know how close to Crouch's original story line the TV show is, but trust me, it is also a crazy mix of science fiction, mystery, and suspense. I don't want to give anything away (and it's really hard to talk about the books or TV show without being able to give things away), but Matt Dillon (that's him upside down on the cover of Pines) plays an FBI agent who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho to find two missing colleagues. And then things get nuts.
The books and the show have a wide appeal because even if you don't like the science fiction aspect (let's just say it involves an evolved species), you might like the mystery (why is everyone in the town so afraid to talk about how weird the town is and why are they so afraid to leave Wayward Pines?) and the suspense (after seeing what happens to someone who tries to leave, will Matt Dillon's character and his family also try to get out or will they stay in this super weird town?)
Blake Crouch, the man with the mind to mix all these different appeals, is my Man Crush Monday because getting me to be even slightly terrified (I watch Hannibal while eating dinner so I'm one tough cookie) is an accomplishment. Way to go, Blake!