Happy Birthday Ryan Winfield! + Reviews For The Entire Park Service Trilogy

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Everyone needs the New Kids singing Happy Birthday on their birthday right?

I bought The Park Service and Isle of Man as soon as I finished reading Jane’s Melody.  Then I bought State Of Nature on the day it released.  I kept trying to sneak them in in between tours and I just wasn’t getting it done.  I felt like a lousy fan.  When I found out Ryan’s birthday was March 15, I thought it is time to make time!  I had enough room in advance to put them on my calendar all in a row so that I would have them read and could get the reviews up on his birthday.  I did it.  I read the entire Park Service Trilogy in 2.5 days.  Like every other book written by Ryan Winfield, I devoured them quickly.  If you haven’t read his books, you should.  Each one is completely different from the rest.  Jane’s Melody is so different from South Of Bixby Bridge and South of Bixby Bridge is a completely different type of book then the Trilogy, but they are all equally amazing.  With every genre he touches, what he pours out is absolutely amazing.

Ryan, I hope your birthday is absolutely wonderful and that your dreams keep coming true!  Climb the next mountain my friend.

Let’s get rolling on the reviews!

 The Park Service

From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.
What would you do if everything you had been taught turned out to be a lie? That’s the question fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten must answer when he stumbles onto a post-apocalyptic paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service.
Now 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.
Destined to become a classic, The Park Service trilogy will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

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I have become a huge fan of Ryan Winfield’s work after reading Jane’s Melody and South Of Bixby Bridge.  I knew The Park Service trilogy fell into a completely different category though, and I was a bit nervous.  I have only read a couple of dystopian novels and though I really liked them, it’s not the first genre I reach for.  I do like to read some YA books, especially when I am looking for stuff for my 15 year old son to read.  I had to give this a try.

I loved The Park Service.  I sat down and finished the entire book in one afternoon.  In fact, I finished the entire series in 2.5 days.  It was that good.  Every chance I got I was picking up my iPad to read. 

The Park Service starts out some 900 years in the future.  Humans had destroyed the entire world in the past and now most live underground safely.  We meet Aubrey right at the start, he is getting ready to turn 15, then he will test to find out what level of Holoscene II he will live and work at for the rest of his life until he retires to Eden, the paradise everyone goes to at the end of their time in Holoscene II.

I want to tread carefully here as to not give away anything that isn’t in the blurb, I will say that Aubrey discovers the outside world and then is on the run for his life.  He meets Jimmy and some other humans that still live on the surface, then the book takes off even faster.  It was an amazing journey.  Absolutely amazing.  Seeing Aubrey experience things for the first time, things that we take for granted.  Ryan Winfield nailed it.

I have to say, it kind of freaked me out.  If you follow my reviews, you know I compare almost everything I read to real life, and this series was no exception.  I tend to be an  environmentalist.  I don’t like to look around and see the destruction we have caused.  I do a lot of fighting for animals, especially those in our oceans because I think if we destroy our oceans, we destroy ourselves, the circle of life and all.  (BTW Ryan, the scene in the cove just about killed the activist in me and the part of me with a huge heart for humanity on different levels that totally conflicted.)   The thing that scared me is along my own journey, studying what we are doing to animals and our planet, I have come across people who believe the world would be better off without humans here, they want complete human extinction, whether it be voluntary or involuntary.  To me, if those people were put in charge, some of the things that happened in this book, could be things humanity had to deal with in a non-fiction way.  In The Park Service, the humans on top are on the run from drones that want to destroy them, completely remove them from the face of the earth.  Just thinking about those people that I have seen give lectures and write papers on why we shouldn’t be here, it makes my heart race a little faster. 

I haven’t been this fascinated by a book in awhile.  I loved our main characters Aubrey and Jimmy, and after The Park Service I was looking forward to getting to know Hannah.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series.  This is definitely something I would let my teenage son read.  I think I said it early but I am saying it again, absolutely amazing book.


 Isle Of Man


From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.
The journey continues…
After discovering the horrific truth behind the Park Service, fifteen-year old Aubrey Van Houten has overthrown its leader with the help of his best friend Jimmy and his girlfriend Hannah. But their victory has left all three parentless and alone in a world where drones still hunt humans. And while the Park Service founder might be dead, he’s far from gone. Now, Aubrey’s quest to free his people will lead him even farther into a world where nothing is what it seems.
Destined to become a classic, The Park Service trilogy will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

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After I finished The Park Service, I immediately opened up Isle Of Man.  Lucky me, I had already bought all 3 and had them ready to read one after another should I want to.

I wanted to.

I started Isle Of Man in the evening and I believe I posted on Facebook at 1:42 that I had to get up at 6:30 the next morning but I didn’t want to put it down.  I eventually did and got 3 1/2 hours of sleep.  I picked it back up as soon as I could the next day. 

In Isle of Man Aubrey has so much resting on his shoulders, he is having to grow up so fast. There are times when he has to navigate between his girlfriend Hannah and his best friend Jimmy when one is pulling him to make one decision and the other wants him to go the other way. That’s hard enough at 15 without the future of the world on your shoulders.

Isle of Man was just as fascinating, if not even more so if that is possible, as The Park Service.  I don’t know how but there is even more action in this book.  Now we are following Aubrey, Jimmy, and Junior around the world as they attempt to set the people of Holoscene II free.  There were times that I was holding my breath wondering if a character I had come to love was going to make it through something, there were times I was literally sick to my stomach, I had tears in my eyes in some moments, and a big grin in others. 

Ryan Winfield has this amazing talent.  I have experienced the same thing with every book I have read of his, The Park Service, Jane’s Melody, South Of Bixby Bridge, he writes in such a way that the world is real.  You can see the characters, you can feel the emotion, every bit of it, the sadness, the disappointment, those happy moments, the moments of pure horror, you feel as if you are living in this world when you are reading something written by him.  There is this jolt back to reality when you shut the cover or swipe that last page over.  That’s what the great authors do.  They are able to distort your reality as you are reading their work, they make you feel what their characters are feeling, it’s as if you are one of the characters. I don’t know if that makes sense.  I have said it in a different way before, it’s as if you are part of the story verses seeing it from afar.  That’s what a journey through Ryan’s books are for me.  I loved Isle of Man.  As with The Park Service, this is one I would let my 15 year old son read.  This is a series that I think anyone from teenage years up to adult would enjoy. 

Amazing read!

State Of Nature


From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.
The final chapter…
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.
Don’t miss the epic conclusion you’ll have to read yourself to believe.
Destined to become a classic, The Park Service trilogy will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

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If you are following my reviews of The Park Service Trilogy (or are reading this on my blog), you know that I sat down and read all 3 in less than 3 days.  I knew going into State Of Nature that I was going to be saying goodbye to Aubrey and Jimmy because this is the final book in the series.  I was sad going into it.  I read the reviews, I watched Ryan Winfield on Facebook and Twitter sharing reactions of readers.  I knew everything would culminate in this book.  You don’t want to say goodbye to favorite characters ever, but alas, all good things must come to an end.  I suppose. 

It is really hard to write this last review.  Just thinking back to this book makes me want to cry again. 

I started State Of Nature right after I finished Isle Of Man.  I had them all downloaded to my iPad Kindle App and I was ready to go, 1, 2, 3, all in a row.  Why can’t I stretch my favorite books out so that I can enjoy them longer? 

There is so much going on in this State of Nature.  So many tough decisions for Aubrey to make, so many things that are happening to our main cast of characters and new ones that we are introduced to. 

There was one scene in the book that just about killed me emotionally, the fear of loss that might be coming, the pain of what was seen through Aubrey’s eyes, the relief, then the sadness , but the hope, it tore me up. 

None of the books in this series are what I would call light fluffy reading, you know that from the blurbs, but I think this one was the heaviest to read emotionally.  Maybe it is because I knew this one would be the conclusion and I didn’t know what to expect.  I hadn’t been able to pin point where Ryan was going to go in any of these books, he stayed one step ahead of me, and I wanted to know that my boys were going to be ok.  That coupled with all of the heart wrenching scenes  is what kept me holding my breath, blinking away tears.  There was just so much anticipation for what was coming.  Do not let me leave you thinking that there is no happiness in this book because there is.  There were scenes that made me smile and kept my hope alive.  More or less, I was all over the emotional grid with State of Nature and the entire Park Service Trilogy.

I was surprised by the ending and still am thinking back over it a couple of days later.  I am not just left thinking about Aubrey and Jimmy, but about the rest of his people.  What is their future going to hold? 

I am so glad I bought this trilogy.  It was a completely amazing, breath taking series that I could not imagine missing out on.  I think I am going to gift all 3 books to my teenage son.  He is going to love this one as much as I did. 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies.

What is next for Ryan Winfield?  As far as I know, the next work releasing is Jane’s Harmony in August, the sequel to Jane’s Melody!  See this post for all of the details on that one.

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