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The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy by [Winfield, Ryan]
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About the Author

Ryan Winfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Jane's MelodySouth of Bixby Bridge, and The Park Service trilogy. He lives in Seattle. To connect with Ryan, visit him at Facebook.com/RyanWinfield.

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  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press (November 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Q85QU6
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By Robin Landry TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2012
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Having read Ryan Winfield's debut novel, South of Bixby Bridge, I wondered what he'd write about next. I loved Bixby Bridge, but I was surprised that The Park Service was in such a totally different genre. Bixby Bridge is a very adult novel, while The Park Service is geared towards teen readers in the same way Harry Potter and the Hunger Games are for kids. Park Service has young people as its main characters, but the dilemmas the young people face are very adult.

The main character is Aubrey Van Houten, named for his mother who died before Aubrey could know her. Aubrey lives with his father, in a 5 story underground community, miles beneath the ground of what was once New Mexico. Everyone lives underground because of the war that was fought 900 years ago where everything on the surface was destroyed. Mankind now hangs by a thread, existing underground, living in cramped quarters, only reading about the beautiful earth that once was in books.

The story joins Aubrey at age 15, just days before the test he will take to determine what level he'll spend the rest of his life living and working on. Aubrey's father is 35, the cut-off age in Holocene II, and is now ready to join his wife in the Eden promised everyone when they die. Eden is a virtual world where you can live out eternity doing anything you wish and with with your loved ones who've passed on before you.

I can't say any more about the plot, other than to say it's very exciting, and unexpected. Park Service gives us a chance to examine who were are as a species, and whether the world really would be a better place without us. Like the Hunger Games, Winfield challenges our sacred beliefs about ourselves.
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Mild Spoilers...

I realize I'm in the minority here, and it may be because I'm sensitive and because I went to school to obtain a degree in Environmental Science that this book bothered me. It's a very interesting concept, and a good one. But we are awash in youth dystopian fiction right now, and this is yet another example that it's everywhere.

The general scenario presented is all-too-probable. The earth was trashed. It's believable and it's disturbing because it's in the distinct realm of possibility. I found the revelations about the "afterlife" in Eden to be very, very disturbing, and that's not a reflection on the author, but on myself, I suppose. It just bothered me and I had to put the book away for a while. Also, the relationship between Hannah and Aubrey developed mighty quickly and without much substance.

I did like the book but I didn't enjoy it. If you're a worrywort about our children's future on this planet, this book will make it worse. Perhaps that's why it didn't appeal to me as much as to everyone else.
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You don't get many YA books that are written from the by a man and from a male first person POV, and I love that about this book. I think that it was a refreshing change from so many YA books being told from the female POV.

The world that Mr. Winfield creates here is very well thought out and perfectly captured down to the last detail. This story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world nearly 900 years from present day. Aubrey is a young man on the verge of truly becoming a man. Little does he know how much his life is going to change. He is faced with challenges that will shape him into the man who will hopefully be able to change the world he knows for the better. Early on he meets Jimmy and forges a friendship with him that is stronger than any other relationship he has had previously. Then Hannah enters the picture rounding them out to a trio on a mission to save their world and hopefully humankind along with it.

It's so hard to do this review without posting spoilers so I am going to have to keep my comments to a minimum as far as the plot is concerned. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed the book. The character development is very well done and really I think the plot moved along a really nice pace all through the story. Mr. Winfield is excellent with description and didn't let us down with this book.

The only thing I had a problem with, and it's really tiny, is that suddenly about 1/2 way through the book Jimmy starts cursing and he only does it a couple of times, but it seemed unnecessary and kind of out of the blue. Other than those couple of words, one use of the F word, this is a really clean YA book.
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An ad for this book popped on my Facebook page and I decided to purchase it. After reading the first book, I immediately bought the next two and sailed through them in 2 days!

This is an utterly fantastic trilogy. The books are so riveting-I couldn't put them down even to make dinner for my family! We got take out, and while the kids ate, I was in a Park Service coma, unresponsive to family and friends.

Mr. Winfield, I hope you are reading this, because you absolutely deserve to hear the praise I am about to give you. You have scored a fan for life!

I just read the Divergent series and was reeling from my bone deep disappointment in the 3rd book. The series started off strong (despite its utterly ridiculous premise-I can suspend disbelief) then collapsed into a flat, boring mass of grayish matter. Rather like a beautiful souffle you worked hours on just to find it sadly deflated after you take it out of the oven. The last thing I wanted to do was to get involved in another YA dystopian series that would disappoint at the end. But alas, I looked at my Kindle and the only book waiting for me to read was The Park Service.

Immediately I was sucked into Aubrey's world. It was a refreshing change of pace to read a story in this genre based on a male character. Aubrey's character was so real, so human, that I instantly fell in love with him. A sweet kid, a smart kid, a kid who has no connection to the world around him. He has never seen the world, in fact. He's read about it, but when he finally encounters it, he is like a baby learning to take his first steps. It's lovely to watch him discover that there is more to life than he ever imagined.

Then we meet Jimmy.
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