If Eden doesn't kill you, the Park Service will.
In the post-apocalyptic future, a fifteen-year old boy stumbles on a paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Now this boy must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.
©2012, 2013 Ryan Winfield (P)2014 Ryan Winfield
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From the first word Winfield captured my imagination. I was hooked before I would have admitted it. Nuclear holocaust forced the human population underground for 900 years. Aubrey, our focus, has grownup never knowing sunlight, or any of the things that us top dwellers take for granted.
Having been taught that the surface is unsafe for humans. That there are several levels of the underground, each in charge of a different need of the people. When some one reached the age of fifteen, considered a man, the teens have to take a test. This is to see if they are worthy of going to level one to assist the foundation in their research. In 900 years no one has been chosen, until now.
Aubrey is selected because of the answer to one question. He is sent to level one and this is where The Park Service gets really interesting. The subterranean train crashes, leaving Aubrey for dead. Except he does not die and discovers what has been hidden from everyone for hundreds of years. Quickly he befriends a native boy Jimmy and is shown the wonders of the surface.
The Park Service is an all out epic adventure story that redefined, for me, the true meaning of friendship, love and loss. Winfield made me think in ways that I haven't for a very long time, if ever. I laughed, I cried, I was in awe, I was surprised. I was glued. I cannot wait to get into the rest of the trilogy. Geared towards the young adult crowd or not, this was an grand story written in a style that I love.
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Not better, but gives it a new dimension. I think I enjoyed listening so much because I read It first. But I absolutely love reading!!! I actually read along with it at first because I was not sure about it. I have never been interested in listening to books. Now I am a believer and can't wait to listen to all my favorite books.
It has a good solid story line with strong character's that you find yourself caring about. There is plenty of background given so that you get to know them.
He did a wonderful job reading the book and getting into each character. He brought them to life!!!
There were a few such moments such as when Aubrey was in the elevator, the doors closing and his dad told him that he loved him. And actually there were a lot of moments that brought up different emotions, a sign of excellent writing!!
The only issue I had was that the screen on my kindle would say I was on say chapter 10, when it was actually on chapter 8. It was that way throughout the book. It did not take away from the experience of listening, just thought you might want to know....
Live, live, live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving!
This is a book with a premise worth thinking about, discussing, even arguing about. What if the only way to save the world was to wipe out the human race? I really love a story that leaves me something to think about.
The underground colony makes me think of The City of Ember. It's a different future, but the life in a limited world, then escape into the larger world is reminiscent.
I suppose the scene when Aubrey learns to clean fish got to me in particular. The older man had seemed like he would never accept Aubrey, and then he gave him an important lesson and gifted him with his knife.
It made me angry when I thought of how much cruelty most people endured because of a few scientists who couldn't find a better way to deal with the dilemma of humans versus nature.
You really need to read all three books. This one just hints at what's coming next, and you won't expect most of the turns the plot ends up taking.
Interesting, gripping, exciting
Jimmy is my favorite because he is smart with a lot of practicle things and yet blissfully ignorant of technology and understands a balance between man and nature, survival and domination.
Flooding the foundation with the destruction of Eden.
The devastation in the cove during the slaughter. It was written and described in such a fashion that I could feel my sympathy growing for Aubrey having to watch it happen. I could almost feel his horror, and picture his awestruck expression.
Having read the book, I was extremely impressed with this audio book. The narrator spoke in a voice that was almost exactly what I had in my head as Jimmy's. Additionally, the way he was able to speak for each character and capture their personalities was nigh on perfection.
This book was well written and now stands among my favourites. The characters are balanced amongst themselves. You have action, romance, mixed with events that really have you wanting to see (or hear rather) what happens next.
Even though I had previously read the books, listening to it in the car I found myself upset when I reached my destination as I didn't want to turn it off, I wanted to keep listening to the next big event in the book.
Listening to the narrator describe the landscapes, the events and the characters, being so well written, I found myself unable to find any negatives with this book.
I almost enjoyed the audio book better (almost) than reading the book on my Kobo app.
To Ryan Winfield, thank you for writing such a good book, and please write more in this genre.
Now I move on to Book 2: Isle of Man, and I can't wait to hear the narrator capture the character personalities as this story moves on and develops.
Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
It is really tough to write this review without giving too much away. It is safe to say that it is a terrific read with a YA male lead. Aubrey is resilient and charming. You just can not help routing for him and his friends.
I am going to say that it appears after 900 years of living you lose your dang mind!! Seriously!! You are gonna hate this bad guy and his twisted thinking!
There are many highs and lows in this story emotionally. Have tissues handy! Life in a dystopian world is ugly sometimes. It is something I have come to expect, but still breaks my heart.
The story flows nicely, although it is slow it doesn't feel heavy. I expected the story to drag because of the pace, happily it did not.
It is all from the lead character's POV, which does limit things. You do not know what others are thinking unless they say or do something. Have Jimmy or Hannah's perspective would add so much to the story. I can only hope that will occur in later books.
I wish we had a bit more of his life with his father. The home life and testing flew by, you hardly had a chance to see where he came from. It would have given later events even more impact.
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 wen he is reading for Jimmy.
Overall, I was thrilled with this book and am sure many young men will be thrilled to see it in the genre. Much of YA is female protagonist, which is great but I know young men who are looking for guy leads too. This is one of those books that will appeal to both male and female readers. It is an interesting twist on the genre and I am eager to see where things are headed!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
It is a new thing for me listening to books rather than reading them. As a first time, it was good.
Very much liked the science and thinking about whether this could be the future. Liked the interaction between Aubrey and Jimmy, one technologically savvy but from a hole, and one almost Stone Age but very worldly wise
No, this is the first book I have heard that he has narrated
Yes, unfortunately it was listened to on my commute over a few days
I plan on it....Awesome story
when Aubrey found Jimmy
he was able to do a variety of different voices
well worth it!
Enjoyed the characters and the storyline. I thought it was a good book for teenagers and will have my 15 year nephew read this. I will probably get the other 2 books when I have some extra credits.
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