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State of Nature: Book Three of The Park Service Trilogy | [Ryan Winfield]

State of Nature: Book Three of The Park Service Trilogy

The final adventure...

After leaving the Isle of Man, Aubrey and Jimmy return to the Foundation to confront Hannah about her betrayal and to free the people of Holocene II only to find themselves facing new and more difficult challenges in a world where nothing is as it seems.

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The final adventure...

After leaving the Isle of Man, Aubrey and Jimmy return to the Foundation to confront Hannah about her betrayal and to free the people of Holocene II only to find themselves facing new and more difficult challenges in a world where nothing is as it seems.

©2013 Ryan Winfield (P)2014 Ryan Winfield

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    Bosco 05-07-15
    Bosco 05-07-15 Member Since 2009

    Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.

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    "Surprisingly Good"
    If you could sum up State of Nature in three words, what would they be?

    Surp Risingly Good


    What does Michael Braun bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I do not know this narrator's age, but his voice is ideal for narrating a book in which a young man is the main character. He's a good reader with a pleasant voice. I'd definitely be drawn to a book he narrated in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving point in the book, I would hope that everyone agrees, was the moment Aubrey made his choice at the matchmaking ceremony. The author handled this beautifully, and the twist was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the first book of this trilogy in one of Audible's sales, even though I'd never heard of it before, and had never read one of Winfield's books. The conceit is different enough to keep things interesting, and the characters (both good and bad) are compelling enough to keep the reader engaged. The second book was good, the first book was better than the second, and the third (this one) is the best of the three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coreyb 03-02-15
    Coreyb 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Please read this series"

    This so good and made me wish I had a friendship this strong. It made me cry laugh and live with the characters. I would recommend this to everyone. Love love love!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 02-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    It has been a long time since I have wept sincerely at the end of a book like this. I loved it.

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    Rob 10-30-14
    Rob 10-30-14
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    "A fantastic finish to a good story!"
    What did you love best about State of Nature?

    I really enjoyed that I was unable to predict what came next. The basis of the story is unique as it is a story about survival, coming of age, compassion, and growth. As a science fiction fan, I have to admit that the non-science fiction components did not take away from the enjoyment of this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Nature?

    For me, the most memorable moment was when Aubrey realized what the State of Nature really was, what it meant, and how to make sure it got off to a good start. So basically the last three chapters of the book, and the epilogue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, the epilogue where Aubrey comes out of the valley. The first and only book to bring me to tears when Aubrey returns to the cove.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is the final battle of the last war


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this trilogy. I only gave the story 4/5 stars as for me the love story took away from the sci-fi that I enjoy so much, but make no mistake, every thing in this book blends so seem lesson that I cannot deny the pleasure of listening to it. A unique blend with a unique take on the aftermath of World War 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PropellerHead_ California,USA 10-24-14
    PropellerHead_ California,USA 10-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The BEST Dystopian series yet on Audible"

    I've listened to most YA Dystopian Novels that are popular now, The Hunger Games, The Giver, Fahrenheit 451,Wool,Divergent, and The Maze Runner, but this is by far the most engaging and memorable. ..To Ryan Winfield - More please!!

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 10-14-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Awesome read!!!"

    Such a great read!!! This series has been such a journey. Warning - If you do not want to end up an ugly-crying- sobbing mess, DO NOT READ THE EPILOGUE!!!!! I was completely devastated by the epilogue!

    I have always felt the heart of this story is the friendship between Aubrey and Jimmy. They are so loyal to each other, and sacrifice at every turn. Pretty much the whole time they stay at each other's side. The platonic "I Love You" scene is touching. It really shows the depth of their relationship.

    The book is all from Aubrey's POV, again, and you get to see how he isn't trying to be a hero, just do the right thing. Hannah is as crazy as her father, such hatred for no reason.

    With any Dystopian series, things are mostly grim, you see sparks of hope, only to have them stamped out. This journey breaks your heart more than one. The second book was tough, losing the people on the Isle of Man, Junior and a possible love interest for Jimmy. Reading the books all together, that wound is still fresh. This book rips those wounds open and throws a little salt in as well.

    There are may twists and turns revealed, one I suspected, others were a shock. Truly engaging and dynamic story telling kept the story moving, even when the action was at a lull. I loved every minute of the journey, even the ones that had me in tears. This story highlights the worst of man and the best of us as well. One of my favorite quotes was "Would I give up innocence for wisdom", it is one of the key themes for Aubrey. It is a wonder he trusts anyone in the end.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael Braun, who delivers a wonderful read. He has consistent and distinct voices throughout the read. My only real complaint is that the pace is very slow, even when I sped it up in the app. Fortunately that did not effect the energy of the story throughout the read. I love his tone, especially when he is reading for Jimmy. He adds just the perfect touches to bringing the tale to life. I am definitely looking for more of his reads.

    This series has been such a delight and heartbreak at the same time. When I requested a copy from the author, I really did not know what I was in for. This is one of those stories and characters that will stay with me a long time. When I think of them, there will be tears and smiles. These kinds of books are made to make you stop and think. I can only how that the powerful message is delivered to many young people.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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    Deryk the Gypsy 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up State of Nature in three words, what would they be?

    finding true friendship


    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Nature?

    near trhe end at the sorting ceremony


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Jimmy and Aubrey paired off


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes the last chapter...made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    so worth getting...hoping it will be a 3 part movie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Jo 08-08-14
    Mary Jo 08-08-14
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    "leaves you wanting more"
    Would you consider the audio edition of State of Nature to be better than the print version?

    I Love to read so I won't say better. It does give the story a new dimension. this trilogy is my first experience at listening to books. I did not think I would care for it, But I loved it!


    What other book might you compare State of Nature to and why?

    The only book you can compare this to are the other 2 books in the trilogy. This is a whole new concept. This trilogy is now in my top 5 series.


    What does Michael Braun bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Braun does an excellent job bringing the characters to life in all 3 books


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    through all three books I did laugh and cry, even though I had already read the books. And when I finished listening, I missed them. I am forcing myself to wait a couple of weeks to read the books again. And yes I will also be listening to them again!


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I gave the performance 4 out 5 stars is because the display was always incorrect as far as telling you which chapter you were on. It was worse on the first book, by the third book it was only off by 1. Just a very minor detail. I would recommend (and have) this trilogy and audible books to everyone!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Boozer Douglass, Texas 08-06-14
    Glenda Boozer Douglass, Texas 08-06-14 Member Since 2011

    Live, live, live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving!

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    "Amazing ending to a thought-provoking trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it really gave me something to think about. I'd love for some of my friends to read it so that we can discuss the implications.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had several favorites, but one of them was Bill, the lifeguard from the first book. He really come into his own in the third book - brave, kind and determined.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Braun – was your favorite?

    He did a good job on all of them. I could always tell Aubrey from Jimmy from Hannah from Bill, say. Either Aubrey or Jimmy, I suppose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad at the end, but there was a certain balance to it as well.


    Any additional comments?

    By the time you get to the end, you'll see why certain things were set up the way they were. Even where it looks like the author pulled a rabbit out of a hat, it's not quite like that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LowellThomasIII 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about State of Nature?

    I love Ryan Winfield. I stumbled across "The Park Service" and read it. And LOVED IT. Then I discovered it was the first of the trilogy and the other 2 books weren't out yet! I was so impatient, but it was SO worth the wait.


    What other book might you compare State of Nature to and why?

    The series is like "Hunger Games", "Divergent", "Maze Runner" and many other Dystopian Teen Fiction, but SO much better. Especially because it ends well!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When these two best friends really admitted their love for each other and faced danger knowing what they had been through.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing Ryan. Don't stop. Don't ever stop. Thank you for this gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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