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The Park Service (Park Service Trilogy #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,689 ratings  ·  363 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.

What if the plan to save Earth includes the extinction of humankind?

Sometimes the best intentions ultimately lead to evil ends. That's what fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten learns when he stumbles onto a post-apocalyptic paradise where the few remaining humans liv
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Birch Paper Press
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Mr. Winfield has done it again. I wasn’t sure I would like anything as well as Hunger Games, but it did not disappoint. Young adults fighting against the “government” and winning. There are many moral dilemmas in this book and I like that about a YA book. It will make you think about your choices. What is best for you? Is that always the best for others? Is intelligence how you measure morality? Is the smartest person always right? These and many more questions are facing Aubrey, how does he ans ...more
So good.

The Park Service is such a quick, energetic read. The premise, the facts, the history, the world building, the people...everything is well done.

You learn along side the main character, a young man named Aubrey. Winfield's world develops at the perfect pace. Interesting, humorous, thrilling, endearing, frightening and lovely.

Sterile and vibrant. Savagely sophisticated.

I very much enjoyed journeying alongside Aubrey and the people he meets. The story cradles you and clenches you heart at
Such a shame. This book really sounds interesting and would probably have ended up on my TBR list. But well.....things.
As you may know, I have been patiently waiting for this book, even without knowing what they genre was going to be. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was a YA Dystopian, I was even more surprised when I read it. Now that we know it's going to be a trilogy I am sure that Mr. Winfield will get incredibly tired of us bugging him to finish the next one so we can see what happens next!

You don't get many YA books that are written from the by a man and from a male first pers
After Legend and Across the Universe THE PARK SERVICE was the third science fiction/dystopia book I read and it didn't disappoint me at all.

Fifteen years old Aubrey discovers that everything he's been taught is a lie. He lives in a facility five miles under the surface and believes that life doesn't exist above Holocene II. He's been taught that the earth above is an icy, uninhabitable lifeless hell. After earning a perfect score on a test (Hello Legend :) he is forced to leave the life he knows
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great characters, especially Aubry (great name, even for a boy :) and Hannah. Honestly I love the surprise villain too! No spoilers here! You read it yourself!
Probably my favorite thing about the book is that it was not self-indulgent. That is a problem I have in my own writing. The journey that Aubry has to go on to get to the end point is quite a long one and the author could easily spend a lot more time on different scenes and places, but didn't. Instead he ch
Susan  Tracy
I really enjoyed this book. (A far cry from the author's previous book, South of Bixby Bridge). A slightly different distopian story, this first of a planned trilogy follows 15 year old Aubrey as he moves from living miles under what they are all told is a frozen, uninhabitable Earth to the surface only to find that Earth is indeed inhabitable. But he is slowly discovering that The Foundation that he has advanced up to is nothing but a lie. Drones fly around hunting down and killing those humans ...more
Nancy Silk
After reading this intense, eye-opening beginning of a trilogy, I believe Author Ryan Winfield just may be a visionary! Aubrey Van Houten, 15 years old, lives with his father in The Valley, the largest underground cavern in Holocene II. He is taught that no one lives on Earth's surface...not for thousands of years. The people in Holocene II reside there no longer than 35 years, and then move on to Eden. After ten years of education, Aubrey heads to school for the final time. He will be tested to ...more
Shelly Johnson
Fist, let me say that I am NOT writing this review, nor reading this book in hopes of winning a Kindle Fire as stated in another review. I already have one. I read this book because I wanted to and am writing the review because I LOVED the book!!

I picked up The Park Service because I was wanting something to read OTHER than Vampires, Werewolves, or nonhuman creatures. I was looking to something similar to the Hunger Games series. This was the perfect fit! The story reminds me of the Hunger Games
I read this book because I saw good reviews for it, and really enjoy dystopian novels. I'm sad it didn't live up to expectations. This one was focused too much on external details, such as the way the landscape was set up, than internal details: it was hard connecting with any of the characters. The story moved too fast and left gaps that weakened it. It didn't give me much to hold on to or invest in, and I read through it quickly because there wasn't much for me to hold onto. I'm disappointed, ...more
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Wow. That was the only word my brain was able to produce when I finished The Park Service. This book blew me away and made me speechless.

It started with one of the most intense prologues ever so that it had me captured from the very first paragraph. The subject brought up in this story will never get old. When I was a child I read a book with similar initial situation like this one that left me shocked and perplexed. And now, 25 years later, this t
Gina's Escape and Reality
Oct 17, 2012 Gina's Escape and Reality rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone that likes a good book!
Disclaimer: If Mr. Winfield published a book about dirt, I would read it and love it. All the words are put together in such a beautiful and rich way you will feel satisfied.

What an adventure this was! This is my favorite kind of story. It’s the kind of book that plucks you up from wherever you are physically and drops you into this newly created world. This is what a great novel is all about…taking you somewhere new and exciting and in this case totally imagined. Yet, the authors way of writin
Three words describe The Park Service. "A Page Turner"! I anxiously anticipated what would happen next in the 15 year old, Aubrey's adventures in the unknown & unexpected. I purchased the book as soon as it was released in October. However time was limited until a few days ago opening the opportunity for me to curl up with a blanket, some hot tea and this most intriguing story to dig into. And dig in I did! Much like the impatience I felt in delving into each book that followed in The Hunger ...more
Sherry Gorman
What would it be like to live your entire life five miles below the surface of the earth?

Fifteen-year-old Aubrey Van Houten spent his youth dreaming about a world he would never see, attending classes, and dodging bullies. That was until the day he aced the test that would dictate his position within the dystopian Holocene society. His assignment – the coveted Level One.

Built miles below the earth’s post-apocalyptic and uninhabitable surface, Holocene II is divided into layers. At the age of fi
This author is definitely one to watch. I picked up his 1st book on a Kindle Daily Deal last year and it was amazing. Now he has proven it certainly wasn't a one off and that he won't be pigeonholed into a genre. I also want to mention he seems to be a great guy and likes to connect with his fans. I got sucked into this story within 2 pages and basically didn't put it down except to sleep and I am anxiously waiting for the 2nd book of the series.
Daria Chenowith
This book earned 5 stars - and I'm only so grumpy about the sleepless night racing through the pages cost me. I have a thing for well thought out Dystopias with a sciency twist, and this one shot right to the top of my favorites list. Can't wait for the next!
Heather Miller
interesting concept. as usual, i have got my self stuck in the position of starting a trilogy without thinking and having to wait.... sigh.
David Torres
This book is quite curious. There are so many things I liked about it.

The beginning was slow, but it served its purpose by setting up the story. Unlike most other books where it is too damn slow or speeds up very quickly, The Park Service has a happy medium. It gradually picks up at a nice pace.

I loved how Aubrey found a brother, Jimmy. Well not a blood brother, but they are as close as they can get. And that they have a little fox as a pet!!! AWW!!! That just adds a cute factor.

The ROmance..
This book is set in a post-apocalyptic world...about 900 years from now! It is amazing how detailed Ryan Winfield gets in this terrific young adult novel. I loved it! The main character--Aubrey--was male unlike our favorite Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES. I loved HUNGER GAMES, but I think I like the first book of this trilogy even better. I'm not against violence, and this one did have some in it, but not near the amount of the HUNGER GAMES series. That one was based on killing in order to stay a ...more
The Park Service by Ryan Winfield is about a fifteen year old boy named Aubrey Van Houten who's life is about to change forever. After his train crashes on the way to level one, he climbs out of the wreckage and into Eden, better known as Earth`s surface. But Eden is not all it is cracked up to be. The Park Service are out there, and they are waiting. Aubrey meets Jimmy, a boy of fifteen who has been living on the surface his whole life along with his tribe. Aubrey realizes his home, where the p ...more
Can't wait for the next one!
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Wow!!! There are numerous authors currently writing books on what the future might look like for both humankind and also our physical world. The one theme that these others share with The Park Service is the notion that we should hope that heartless great thinkers are not the ones deciding how it will play out.

Winfield's take on this topic has us living in a environment deep underground due to the fact that a great and final war has left the surface of the earth uninhabitable. Here we are educat
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5 Stars

Another blockbuster by new author Ryan Winfield. In his second novel, Ryan takes a total turn and goes from the powerful, awe-inspiring book “South of Bixby Bridge”, to a young adult novel about love, war and moral decisions.

The start of the book describes the end of the world as we know it. Holocene II is the setting of this powerful story. An underground city made up of 5 different levels. Aubrey and his father live in Holocene II wh
A bildungsroman is my absolute favorite story to read and this post-apocalyptic thriller was indeed one of my all-time favorites. I absolutely loved this story so much that I ordered my own copy from amazon so that I can highlight in it and write notes in it. I also ordered a copy of the second book and can't wait to read it. I even pre-ordered the third one so that I get it when it comes out in October. I'm really hooked on these characters. I loved the fact that Aubrey is sort of a reluctant h ...more
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Travis Simmons
I absolutely loved this book. I was beginning to think that I was broken when it came to reading. So hard for me to get into books lately, but when I picked up this one, I fell right into the story. But why? The description was beautiful, really putting you in the setting, showing you what the author was seeing and taking you along the journey with Aubrey.


Ryan has done an amazing job with this book. I loved every part of it EXCEPT Hannah. In fact, she grated on my nerv
What if the world that you know is all a lie? What if everything that you’ve been taught is wrong? Meet fifteen year old Aubrey Van Houten whose burden is just that knowledge. In his post War dystopian world 900 years in the future, Aubrey lives in a facility five miles under the surface of the earth where for the first fifteen years of life he has been taught to believe that life does not exist above Holocene II. At the age of fifteen each citizen is given a test to determine where they will li ...more
This is one of the better dystopian young adult novels I have read. For one thing, although it is set in the future, the scenario is believable. More than that, the main characters actually think and act and make decisions like most 15 year olds. At the same time, Winfield explores the coming of age story as much as he does the dystopian future of our planet. I think this is one that young adults will like. I even plan to read the rest of the trilogy.
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Ryan Winfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Falling For June, Jane's Melody and Jane's Harmony , South of Bixby Bridge, and The Park Service Trilogy. He lives in Seattle, and you can connect with him at Facebook

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Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Jane's M
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