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Book Review-The Park Service Trilogy-Book 1-Ryan Winfield

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This is book 1 in the Park Service Trilogy by Ryan Winfield who is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I read and reviewed Jane's Melody and loved it so decided to give another of his books a try. I'm hooked--I will be getting books 2 and 3 of this set. I want to know what happens!!!! And so will you---I really can't say too much more without giving away the plot--I will say that Aubrey Van Houten meets several lovable characters and a fox cub and some not so lovable characters. Read the about the book below and you will get a general idea.

About the Book: (from Shelfari)


In the distant future, a pristine Earth is protected by a worldwide park service. But there’s one problem: no humans allowed.

Aubrey Van Houten just turned 15 and everything he thinks he knows is about to change. Aubrey lives five miles underground in a government facility called Holocene II where he has been taught that his people are the only survivors of a global nuclear war. Believing Earth’s surface uninhabitable, the residents of Holocene II begrudgingly live and work assigned jobs on separate subterranean levels until they can retire at 35 to a virtual reality paradise.

Aubrey aces the test that will determine his career and is called up to work at Level One—a welcome adventure for Aubrey, and an honor for his father who is soon to retire. But when a chance accident derails Aubrey’s first trip away from home, he stumbles onto the surface and discovers a real paradise off limits: a pristine planet where humans are hunted and killed by a mysterious Park Service.

Alone and on the run, Aubrey must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

This book can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes& Noble


About the Author: (in his own words from Amazon)


Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 38-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller "Jane's Melody", "South of Bixby Bridge", and "The Park Service Trilogy". I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you at facebook.com/ryanwinfield.

I've been asked why I write. I write because I remember.

I remember waking up to snow. Great buckets of it poured from the gray skies and blanketing everything in quiet white. I remember racing to dress, struggling with my boots. "Here, don't forget your mittens." I remember the soft thump of that first footstep in the cold and virgin powder, the tracks looking back, foghorns blowing on the mist-covered bay. I feel the canvas paper bag cutting into my shoulders, the weight of Sunday's headlines heavy on my mind. I see the trees bowed with armloads of white, as if to curtsey my passing. I remember rubber bands and ink stained hands. A car spun sideways in a ditch. Always a car. Then barking dogs, a distant chainsaw. Freckles throwing fastballs that hurt for the cold of them on my neck. I remember snowmen, and igloos, and icy trails through the white and wondrous woods. And I remember sweet Mrs. Johnson waiting at her door. The smell of Avon powder, her thin smile, an envelope pressed into my palm--ten dollars and a peppermint candy cane thank you. Evening now. I remember running downtown--Salvation Army bells, white lights strung in sidewalk trees, bundled shoppers bent against the wind. I remember the heavy door, the warmth, the wood. The bookstore! Smells of paper and leather and ink. Walls of worlds bound and waiting for me to read.

Nothing has affected me as much as reading has. Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me. And while I've walked through my own hell, made my own mistakes, and found my own redemption, always there have been books. Books to help me escape, books to teach me when to stay and fight, books to help me see where I've been wrong and where I've been right.

I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.

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25 comments :

mail4rosey said...

That's a great take on reading. I feel exactly the same way.

Loreina said...

Ooooh...I want to read this one right now! I love stories like this, and now I'm curious to know exactly what "paradise" is people retire too! :)

Crafty Zoo said...

Sounds like a great book! Unfortunately my little brother's name is Aubrey and I'd never be able to get past seeing his face with the name! Funny how little brothers can drive someone insane even when they are grown! LOL

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...
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Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me - I can pretty much relate. I grew up surrounded by books of all kinds. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Ryan is so cute that I want to read his book... LOL... Really

Maria said...

I love the last sentence in the post! "I Write Because I still Dream" Awesome!!

Kat @ Inspiration CAN be Found Everywhere said...

the authors own words on why he writes makes you want to see what he has to offer.
Thank you for your insight into his "world". Will be looking into this one too

Corinne Schmitt said...

What a great concept for a book! I bet my teenage son would love this too since it sounds like his kind of book.

Pam said...

"I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream."

I love this!

Becca said...

Looks like an interesting story to read.

Kristyn said...

this sounds like a great read. i need to add it to my list!

Jennifer said...

This book sound super intense - and right up my alley. I'll have to check it out! Thanks!

Chubskulit Rose said...

This kind of story would interest my husband.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness I really would like to read this series. This sounds right up my ally. Thanks for the information.

Laura B. said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I wish I could have read it so we could have partaken in some conversation about the content! :)

Jennifer Williams said...

That sounds like a crazy book people not allowed, I really love trilogies. I will definitely be checking this out after I finish with the triology that I'm reading now. I think even my eldest son would like this one.

becca said...

love this finally statement I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.

Patricia Woolverton said...

I love his statement at the end. I also think the Author is pretty darn cute! Not sure if the book would catch my interest but it sure sounds interesting.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

What a crazy storyline. Earth with no humans? This would be a crazy movie probably.

Ness-Kana and Munkey said...

This is a completely different take on what could actually happen in the future. It reminded me of a few of the 80]2 - 90's movies, like Judge Dredd and those. It sounds really good.

nova hedges said...

An action sci-fi novel very interesting indeed, you are right, you are going to be left hanging if you don't buy the rest of the books.

Lexie Lane said...

those stories with no humans really freak me out! I might actually like this!

April M. said...

I haven't heard about this author but from the way you say it, it sure seems to be a good series. must check!

Lynn Cheryl Pool said...

I'm currently reading book 1 in The Park Service Trilogy and really enjoying it. I've recently read Jane's Melody and South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan, and love his writing style. So much so, that I'm reading this Trilogy...I've never ventured into Sci-fi, Dystopia before, but such is his writing, that he has made a previously untouchable genre readable to me. Highly recommend.

 
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