Solstice [NOOK Book]

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Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy the Earth. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never ...

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Overview

Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy the Earth. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth—her very identity….

An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Hell on earth” takes on new meaning in Hoover’s riff on one of the better-known Greek myths. Piper Snow, newly 18, lives in Austin, Tex., in a near future when climate change is turning catastrophic: millions have died in the unrelenting heat gripping the world. Piper’s mother is powerful politically, but at home she’s a despot, constraining Piper with emotional manipulation as well as lock and key. It’s no wonder Piper takes the first opportunity to rebel, especially when rebellion comes in the guise of blond and muscular Reese, whose presence scrambles Piper’s brain, and brooding Shayne, whose manner swings maddeningly between forthright and aloof. The moment Piper steps out on her own, however, she enters a world for which she’s entirely unprepared—and that her mother had, in fact, strained every resource to keep Piper from. Hoover disregards more probable climate changes to suit her fictional ends, but her confident deployment of myth is impressive. Most readers will be happy to immerse themselves in Piper’s struggles with adulthood, love, and fate. Ages 13–up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)
From the Publisher
Solstice is one red-hot read—it intrigues, sizzles and satisfies.”

—Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author

“Fans of the mythology in the Percy Jackson books and the romance in the Twilight saga will find something to love in this new dystopian by P. J. Hoover.”

—Madeline Smoot, Bookseller, BookPeople, Austin TX

“The best modern retelling of a mythological story that I have ever read. Equal parts of mythology, dystopia, and teen romance come together for an amazing story that is a must read for all YA enthusiasts.”

—Danny Woodfill, The Book Spot, Round Rock, TX

"This enticing combination of an all too scary near future and classical mythology is impossible to put down.”

—Diana Tixier Herald, Librarian, Genrefluent.com

VOYA - Meghann Meeusen
Piper Snow's life has not been easy. Between the global heating crisis that threatens the planet and her incredibly overprotective mother, only her best friend, Chloe, seems to provide the breath of fresh air she needs. Yet when Piper receives a mysterious package for her birthday and a note from her estranged father, everything begins to change, from the two alluring men suddenly pursuing her to the mysterious threats against Chloe's life. Soon, Piper is swept up into a world she thought only a myth, and she discovers that the answers to who she really is and the role she plays in her scorched earth lie deeper than she can possibly realize. Solstice weaves together several popular trends in teen fiction: dystopia highlighting social commentary, a merging of mythology with contemporary society, and a love triangle of epic proportions. Fast-paced and intriguing, the mystery of discovering Piper's true identity is just as gripping as the fantastical settings of the text, including imaginative spaces straight from Greek mythology and a fascinating depiction of an earth where weather has turned against humanity. Characters and conflicts pull from common tropes of young adult literature, such as Piper's overprotective mother and kind-but-distant biker father, or the sexy bad boy versus the devoted long-lost love; yet these take on new intrigue when placed against the novel's elements of mythology and dystopia. Sure to be a fan favorite, Solstice is not a book readers will be able to easily put down. Reviewer: Meghann Meeusen
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—Solstice is a unique, well-blended mix of dystopian fiction, romance, mythology, and mystery that will appeal to a wide audience. In the near future, a Global Heating Crisis has created heat bubbles that cover cities all over the world, resulting in limited resources and high crime outside of man-made protective domes. Teen Piper Snow (who has lived her entire life amid the mysterious global drought) and her mother live in the largest greenhouse in Austin, Texas, and are able to provide fresh produce due to their uncanny abilities to nurture plants. In most ways, Piper's life is like that of most of her friends—she thinks about boys, getting a tattoo, and how she will be able to convince her overprotective mother to let her go away to college. Piper's 18th birthday brings with it the arrival of two mysterious hot guys, Shayne and Reese; a gift from an anonymous giver; and news that her father (whom she's never met) has caught up with her and her mother. As unusual events continue, hints of who Piper really is begin to unfold and her role in the climate change becomes apparent. The story's many twists and details about the Underworld and its denizens make Solstice a real page-turner that is hard to put down.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO
Kim Bacciella
Sizzling Summer Read

This is one page turning tale that has a little bit of everything--romance, mystery, Greek mythology, all in a futuristic world. Everything from the world building to the characters hooked me from the very beginning... A must-read book for those who love dystopias that have unique twists. If you loved ABANDON and THE GODDESS TEST, you'll totally love this one. Also for those who crave a good summer read. This is the book for you!
Kia (Amaterasu Reads)
SOLSTICE is a page turner, a story that you just can't put down, can't stop reading until you reach the end... Reminiscent of P.C. Cast's THE GODDESS OF SPRING, SOLSTICE is a Young Adult novel of intense romance in a modern world still surrounded by myths, Gods and Goddess.

I highly recommend this book to fans of mythology based books who are searching for something new, something romantic and intense and hot, with lovely writing and a great flowing pace!
Leah (aka Mary_not_Martha)
Author P.J. Hoover has written a thrilling, twisting-turning story about Greek gods living in the near future.

I love that P.J. Hoover has resuscitated [the Greek myths] and brought them new life--making them relevant in modern times. A refreshing change from vampires and dystopia...An added thumbs up to the fantastic writing here.

I give Solstice ***** in Orion's belt!
MPark (Student Reviewer)
I loved how the gods seemed like real people and how relatable Piper was. The setting of a world in global warming was perfectly described. I recommend this book to people who liked the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, the LIGHTNING THIEF, the RED PYRAMID, and the LOST HERO.
Kirkus Reviews
This steamy apocalyptic-fantasy-romance novel reads like the product of a committee formed specifically to design a YA best-seller. First-person narrator Piper Snow has spent her 18 years in a dying world, parched by the Global Heating Crisis. Piper, however, is more preoccupied with her overprotective mother and the two hot guys who suddenly exhibit passionate interest: the suavely seductive, golden hunk Reese and the gorgeous, brooding, bad boy Shayne. While the former tempts her into rebellion, it's the latter whom she feels she has known and loved forever and who reveals that the gods of Greek mythology still walk the Earth--and its depths. Most of the story is spent with Piper touring the Underworld, fretting that no one answers her questions (for no reason other than that the plot requires it), and watching her parents and admirers squabble over her, lie to her, manipulate her and occasionally assault her. It's hard to fathom her appeal; Piper's most apparent personality traits are peevish passivity and spectacular self-absorption, and her interactions with her suitors consist of brief, banal conversations, scorching kisses and screaming for rescue. The slightest familiarity with classical legends will render the meant-to-be-shocking revelations obvious, and the moderately interesting science-fiction setting falls apart when forced into a literal mythological framework. Although Piper exerts some agency in the final chapter, enough major conflicts are left unresolved to guarantee a sequel. Generic, unthreatening, popcorn summer reading; ideal for those readers looking for more of exactly the same. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466815186
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 516,307
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 686 KB

Meet the Author



P. J. HOOVER first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade. After a fifteen-year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, she spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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1
 
Disaster
 
 
Mom says, “Watch the heat today.”
I nod and hug her and go to school like normal. Her concern’s nothing out of the ordinary. And neither is the heat.
At school, after lunch, I walk through the school’s old parking lot, keeping my head down so that the mist doesn’t get in my eyes. The vapor sprays out from above, causing a layer of green gel to settle on my skin and hair. I run my hands through my hair to try to smooth it, but it’s no use; the cooling gel only makes the curls get wilder.
Heat waves ripple over what remains of the black tar, disturbed by a random cactus here and there. A couple years ago they finally tore up the blacktop and attempted to plant some native greenery, but everything except the cactus had a hard time taking root. I take my time before my next class, soaking in the heat. Everyone else complains about it, but to me, the heat finds a way to sink into my soul and give me strength.
For the school to be spraying gel, the heat has to be extreme. Just before I walk back inside, I glance at the bright orange numbers of the thermometer plastered on the side of the school. It blinks one hundred and twenty-one degrees Fahrenheit, the uppermost boundary of the orange zone. The temperature hasn’t climbed this high since we moved to Austin four years ago. It rarely even reaches into orange at all, staying below one hundred and sixteen most of the time. I pull out my FON to double-check it, and it registers the same. One degree more and …
The sirens start blaring in an earsplitting pattern of high and low, up and down. One degree becomes a reality. The numbers turn red. The temperature reads one hundred and twenty-two. The risk of heat-related death doubles.
I step inside, and for a second, all the kids just look around at one another, like the sound hasn’t yet registered. Like they’re all waiting for someone else to move.
“It’s another drill,” one guy to my left says.
“Didn’t we just have a drill?” someone else asks.
I shake my head because I know this isn’t a drill; I’d seen the thermometer. But I don’t want to cause a panic. The principal comes on the intercom system and does the job for me.
“Report to your designated cooling areas immediately. This is not a drill.”
Realization sinks in, and the hall erupts in chaos. Since I’m on the Disaster Student Council, I need to help out. I push my way through the crowd until I escape into the science hallway. The concrete makes the sirens even louder as the sound bounces from one wall to the next, then off the floor and ceiling and straight into my ears. I check each classroom to make sure it’s empty, and then I circle back to the gym—the designated cooling area for our high school. I take up my position at the door on the far left and start directing kids inside.
We have drills every month. Drills consist of kids walking, talking, and making stupid jokes about the Global Heating Crisis. But there aren’t any jokes now. Just a whole lot of pushing and screaming and everything else they tell us not to do during a real disaster. That one degree has made everyone go crazy.
My job is to make sure everyone who comes through my door is accounted for. I stand to the side of the door and try to scan each person with my FON as they walk through. But the crowd’s too thick; I’ll have to wait until they’re inside.
Only three other student council members and I are already in position by the gym. Chloe’s supposed to be next to me, but she must be trapped in the crowd. I don’t want to think about her getting stuck outside in the heat. The last time she got too hot, she passed out.
I text her. where r u?
She responds in under five seconds. b there in a sec
When I look out across the crowd, I catch her waving.
My FON is almost back in my pocket when it vibrates again. I don’t have to look to know who it is.
“Hey, Mom.” I cover one ear with my free hand.
“Piper, why haven’t you answered? I’ve called you five times today.”
She’s actually called me seven times. “I’m at school, Mom.”
“You have to come home right now.”
“I can’t,” I yell over the sound of the sirens. Two kids start pushing to get through the door faster, but one of the teachers breaks it up. I motion them inside with my free hand.
“You have to.” Her pleading comes through even amid the disaster. She has to hear the sirens in the background. Does she think I’m going to just cut out in the middle of the crisis?
“I’ll be home when this is over.”
“Now, Piper.” And she uses her commanding voice. But it only makes me want to do the exact opposite of what she’s asking.
“I can’t leave,” I say. “They need me to help out.”
“It’s a heat bubble. It’s covering the whole city.”
I don’t speak as her words sink in. A heat bubble means we could be stuck with deadly temperatures for weeks. The last time one of the pockets of hot air formed, the city was evacuated. Almost a thousand people died.
“Piper?”
“I’m here,” I say, but a sick feeling forms in the pit of my stomach. Heat bubbles are the newest, worst threat of the Global Heating Crisis. Cities all around the world are testing different ways to get rid of them, but it seems like the more done to combat them, the more frequent the bubbles become. Three months ago, one formed over Central America, and a third of the population died. They suffocated from the heat. Scientists called it the most horrible natural disaster since the tsunami fourteen years ago that wiped out most of Indonesia.
“The city’s going to disperse the bubble. And activate the domes,” my mom says.
Disperser missiles have never been tested on a real bubble. “But—” I start.
“Take cover. And get home before they seal the domes. Please,” she says, and then she ends the call.
I’m still holding my FON when Chloe shows up next to me. I give her a quick hug to reassure her—or maybe myself. “I was worried about you,” I say.
“Why? You know I love the heat.”
This is what I adore about Chloe. Even in disaster, she finds a way to stay upbeat. But with temperatures in the red zone, and given her last reaction to the heat, she needs to be extra careful. “There’s a heat bubble coming.”
Chloe hardly misses a beat. “Please tell me we’re not going to be stuck at school all weekend.”
I lean in and whisper right in her ear so no one else will hear. “They’re going to launch a missile.” And from what my mom’s heard, there’s no telling what a missile will do to the heat bubble. They’ve only been tested in the deserted regions of western Texas.
Chloe knows this. Her face pales. “They’re not.”
I can only nod because all of a sudden at least thirty freshmen are trying to get my attention. I give up entirely on scanning them and motion them all inside. If the city really is going to try to disperse the heat bubble, we need to get everyone behind the sealed doors.
“Let’s talk later,” I say, and Chloe nods.
It takes another few minutes before the hallway finally clears. Anyone stuck outside now is going to have to find some other shelter.
Once everyone’s in the gym, faculty members pull the doors closed. One of the teachers swipes his FON in front of a scanner, and thick walls of plastic start lowering to the ground, forming a shield to protect us from the outside. My entire body relaxes when the shields touch the floor. We’re going to be safe.
Most of the freshmen are sitting next to their friends, crying and consoling each other. I’m not going to stop them; most people do think the Global Heating Crisis will end the world. If the heat keeps getting worse, everything on Earth will die except maybe the cockroaches. Already most of the smaller vegetation is gone and people are crowding inland because of the rising sea levels.
Overhead, the giant industrial air conditioners kick in. The city has mandated they can only be turned on in times of disaster, and only then, set to cool to eighty-nine degrees. Otherwise, most of humanity has to settle for eco-friendly A/C, which cools to a toasty ninety-three degrees.
I take out my FON and scan each kid’s identifier until it beeps. One by one, I make my way down the line, but I stop when I notice a girl sitting against the gym wall with her knees pulled up against herself and tears running down her face. Her arms are covered in red blisters, and standing over her is some empathy-challenged sophomore girl and her boyfriend who even in the midst of disaster tries to act like he’s above it all, the heat be damned. The whole situation gets under my skin. I detest bullies.
I walk over to them. “What’s going on?”
The girl and her boyfriend spin around, and their eyes widen. But she recovers her composure quickly. “Nothing,” she says.
The girl on the ground scratches her blisters and stares straight ahead.
“Doesn’t look like nothing,” I say.
The sophomore girl puts her hands on her hips and shifts her stance. Any intimidation factor I had before is gone. She motions at the girl sitting against the wall. “She’s scared. And she’s freaking everyone out about it.”
I shift my stance to match hers because I’m not going to have some underclassman talking down to me. “Maybe you should be scared, too.” I know I am.
Her boyfriend pulls on her arm. “We should go.”
“Good idea,” I say. “You should go.”
Only once they walk away do I squat down next to the girl on the ground. “Hey, it’s going to be okay,” I say.
She bites her lip, but her tears are still coming.
I point at her blisters. “You’re allergic?”
She nods and then pulls her arms away and tries to move them to the inside of her legs.
She shouldn’t be embarrassed. One out of every ten people is allergic to the cooling gel, but this was deemed acceptable by the city council since it helps more people than it hurts. My mom was furious about the decision, but her vote was in the minority.
“I’m Piper,” I say.
The girl’s eyes finally meet mine. “Everyone knows who you are.”
“Only ’cause my mom’s on the city council,” I say.
“Yeah, maybe.”
“You know my mom swears fennel tea will help reduce the allergic effects of the gel.”
Hope fills the girl’s eyes. “Fennel tea?”
I nod. “It’s supposed to counteract the chemicals they use. We grow all sorts of it at home.”
“At the Botanical Haven?” she says.
“Yeah. The Botanical Haven.” Apparently everyone knows where I live, too. I guess that’s the price of living in the largest private greenhouse in town. “I’ll bring you some on Monday if you want to try it.”
“Really?” Her face lights up like I’ve told her I’ll be her best friend.
“Yeah, really,” I say. I give her a smile and stand up and am about to start scanning more kids when, over the wail of the sirens, there’s a boom so loud I feel it deep in my bones. It sounds like a bomb has dropped just outside the school walls. The ground rumbles, the bleachers rattle, and the A/C overhead gives a final clunk and turns off. All sense of order vanishes.
Someone shouts, “We’re all gonna die,” and people start screaming and crying. The sirens are still blaring, and the thermometer on the wall reads ninety-two. As I watch, it creeps up to ninety-three. Ninety-four.
Everyone’s eyes are fixed on it, like it’s some electronic symbol of their fate. I hold my breath. The sound from outside could only be the disperser missile. Maybe everyone is right. Maybe this will be the end of the world.
The temperature keeps rising. Ninety-five. Ninety-six. If the ventilation doesn’t kick back in with some fresh air, we’re in serious trouble. The gym won’t be unsealed unless the outside temperature drops.
The thermometer clicks to ninety-seven, and I think this is it. This is going to be the end. The missile failed, and the temperature outside is still rising and it’s going to keep getting hotter in here and we’re all going to run out of oxygen and die.
Ninety-eight.
Ninety-nine.
The sirens go silent.
And the thick plastic walls lift.
And then there’s the sound of the doors to the gym unsealing, and twelve hundred kids start cheering, myself included. Whatever the missile was supposed to do to disperse the heat bubble, it must’ve worked.
The principal comes back on the intercom.
“School is canceled for the rest of the day,” he says.
The cheering increases, and I can barely hear his next instructions, so I check my FON for the Emergency Alert System message instead. It reads: Domes being activated. Return home immediately.
One step outside, with no cooling gel, and it’s like an inferno. Even if the bubble’s dispersed, it could take hours for the hot air to drift away. The domes are supposed to help force the hot air out more quickly, which is part of why they’re being built, and why, once they’re sealed, they’ll stay that way until deactivated.
Overhead the school, the steel struts of Beta Dome extend into the sky. Twenty-four domes are being built above Austin, but only the first eight are operational so far—Alpha through Theta. Our Botanical Haven isn’t inside any of them, and I don’t want to be caught on the wrong side. My mom would freak, though I have to admit the thought of being away from my mom for a weekend is appealing. I could stay with Chloe. We could stay up late and watch ridiculous videos on the tube and eat popcorn and talk about which guys are hot and which ones she’d never date even if they were the last guys left on earth. But I keep walking.
I’m hardly out of Beta Dome when the glass starts to grow between the beams of steel. I can’t pull my eyes away. Inch by inch, the glass forms like the shell of some iridescent sea creature. It’s almost beautiful except for the fact that it’s separating me from my best friend. I watch until the dome is completely sealed, take a deep breath to drink in the heat, and then head home to face my mom.

 
Copyright © 2013 by Patricia Jedrziewski Hoover
Reader’s Guide copyright © 2013 by Tor Books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    a mix of two loved books

    solstice is like twilight mixed with percy jackson. minus the vampires and werewolves. but involves all the things you love about percy jackson without the oracle and camp but involves the gods. a great book!

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Highest recommendations possible! Sizzlin' Summer read for 2011!

    Okay, I love to gush about good books but this time you're getting a geyser! Author P.J. Hoover has written a thrilling, twisting-turning story about Greek gods living in the near future - two of which are fighting for the love of Piper. Piper's seemingly dull, sheltered life erupts into a fast-paced journey back and forth between the Underworld and her present-day teenage life. To say it was a journey of self-discovery is putting it mildly. P.J. Hoover BLASTS you with a shocking surprise about her main character and has you wondering night and day if she'll end up with Shayne or will Reese trick her into his arms? Oh, wait - maybe Reese is who she should be with? Idunno - I'm with Piper, one minute I'm certain, the next not sure. All of creation depends on her choice.

    And for you adult-teenagers that love YA, Hoover ads just enough steam to keep the romance real and earth-crackin' hot. And the settings - the seemingly-dystopian world (or is it really suffering a dystopian effect?) Piper keeps you imagining the heat, the protective domes over the city, and the urgency of seeking shelter from the sudden heat waves all give your imagination a work-out. Add to it the other happy/creepy she visits to the Underworld and you will be in fiction-opia yourself!

    And the Mythology - while I don't worship Zeus, I always loved Mythology - aren't they really just stories that we share with centuries past? Strong characters built in- imaginative stories passed on for generations to enjoy. I love that P.J. Hoover has resuscitated them and brought them new life - making them relevant in modern times. A refreshing change from vampires and dystopia.

    An added thumbs up to the fantastic writing here. She kept me so engaged - I read this on my phone! This was my first experience reading an e-book through and I read it everywhere - at baseball practice, at work during lunch, and even after work at 1:30AM. Dr. Seuss would have write a rhyme about me! I can't believe I got this much entertainment out of a $2.99 download that took me only seconds to purchase. I can't say it enough don't throw away another $4.99 to rent a movie - download this book! Your summer reading list is begging you to put the cherry on top! I give Solstice 5 stars ***** in Orion's belt!

    You can find Solstice at Barnes & Noble. Also, if you are like me and can't get enough - you can sign up to receive a scannable trading card with story-extras. We're talking fun now! You have got to see these cards! Tanni (creepy-girl) and the beautiful Chloe and her beaus Shayne and Reese and more. See RootsInMyth at pjhoover.blogspot(dot) com for a chance to receive a card.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    Mythology Meets Dystopia In This One Of A Kind Book

    3.5 stars

    Solstice is this crazy combination of world-ending dystopia and crazy Greek mythology. Right off the bat, Piper's world is introduced as this barren, desert-like landscape with scorching heat and endless, deathly summer. A good chunk of the book focuses solely on Piper and her world - her friendship with Chloe, her relationship with her mother, and the sudden attraction to not one, but two guys she's never taken notice of before. The book feels almost like two entirely separate stories: one a dystopian and one about Greek mythology. The connection between the two takes quite a while to form, but once it does, it's fascinating.

    The mythology aspect sort of comes out of left field, but it is slowly weaved in perfectly with everything that's happened to Piper in the past. Getting there is a bit slow going, but worth it in the end. P.J. Hoover's take on the Underworld and the gods is different from every other story I've read and while I found the big twist to be predictable, it didn't detract from the story.

    Some of the more sexy scenes took me by surprise because, up until a certain point, the book isn't explicit at all, then, BAM body parts. Normally, I'm perfectly fine with sex scenes and nudity in books, but it felt almost out of place in Solstice, like it could have been there but told in a different way.

    Regardless, Solstice is a one of a kind mesh of dystopian/mythology with an intelligent lead character who has more than a few life-altering realizations coming her way. P.J. Harvey's debut is far from what I expected, but an absorbing read that tackles morality, mortality, and all of the things in between.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Luved it

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Stunning

    Im so sad its over!! Im at a loss for words.... loved it!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    3.5 stars - Solstice, by P. J. Hoover - Ar-'s review

    This book is one of those books- the ones that you get into expecting to love, but then it comes out just kind of 'meh'. The premise was excellent- a dystopian novel, mixed in with classical mythology. Upon reading it, though, I got somewhat disappointed on two counts: One, the mythos doesn't seem to blend really well with the story. Two, the exact myth (Hades and Persephone) used is edited a lot, presumably to cross out the negative aspects and make room for the romance. If the author wanted an Underworld myth, they could have possibly used Orpheus and Eurydice, though a disaster scenario based off of that would be hard to come up with. If there is a sequel, I look forward to it in any case. Perhaps this writer will improve upon this one!

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    Solstice is the best mythological-based book that I¿ve read all

    Solstice is the best mythological-based book that I’ve read all year!
    The events of Solstice take place in the future of Austin, Texas, where 99 degrees is the new low. The effects of global warming are becoming a reality with heat bubbles taking large numbers of lives and Austin’s government worsening the global warming issue instead of helping. Piper’s mom is on the council and disproves of the way the council handles the situation, but she doesn’t speak up. Instead, she’s satisfied working with her plants at Botanical Haven, their private greenhouse, and overshadowing Piper in her obsessive desire to monopolize her daughter.
    As the story progresses, Piper realizes that there are secrets surrounding her identity. She has always believed that her father is a criminal, but now she learns that her mom lied to her. Melina, a frequent customer at Botanical Haven, gives her a mysterious box for her birthday. And the two new guys at school? Well, everyone else believes that Reese and Shayne have been there all year, and so do they, so she goes along with their ideas.
    When I learned Shayne’s true identity (the first that you’ll discover), I’ll admit that began to think that this book would turn out to be just another one of the up and coming mythology books. However, P.J. Hoover introduces yet another twist to her dystopian novel: the fact that Piper is one of the gods.
    Once the gods step in, this story becomes less dystopian and more mythological/paranormal as Piper uncovers clues as to whom she really is. I’ll tell you this. While I was disappointed that there wasn’t more focus on impending world doom, it made me fall in love with the story all over again. Piper doesn’t go on action-filled quests to save the world, but she does discover her identity—and along with it, she finds love. It’s not destiny, nor is it not forbidden love (excluding Mom’s daughter complex). It’s pure love.
    I must say that the ending left me feeling empty. Hoover does give us a feel for how events will turn out: Piper finds her rightful place, and we have a feel for what will happen to the “bad guys.” However, the bad guys have yet to be judged, and anything could happen. She also leaves us the question of whether or not the balance in the world will be righted. The book would have been all right by itself since Piper’s back in her rightful place, suggesting that everything’s all right now, but… there’s a sequel, which means more trouble for Piper. Which means I expect answers in the sequel!!
    P. J. Hoover turns the gods and goddesses into very realistic personalities. Hades is moody, mysterious, yet caring and responsible about the Underworld, which he rules wisely and justly. I enjoyed looking at the three areas of the Underworld through Piper’s eyes. Cerberus is so very doggy and lovable. Ares is cruel and arrogant, the very manifestation of the God of War that he is. Aphrodite is manipulative and vain. Zeus is easygoing and open about his affairs. As for Demeter? Well, you see another side to her that you’d never think to see. And it’s interesting, real, and adds spice to this story.
    Solstice is a real page-turner of a novel. I couldn’t stop reading it from the moment I read the first lines. I recommend Solstice for readers looking for a good mythological read, a story of true love, the journey of self-discovery, and some steamy scenes with hot gods.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    2.5 - 3 Stars Solstice is one of those book that I love to ha


    2.5 - 3 Stars

    Solstice is one of those book that I love to hate! It was very hard for me to get into it, and once I (kinda) did, it was a BIG disappointment! Nothing really happened, besides global warming, which was intriguing, but I want something with a bang, or at least....Something! But as the story progressed and we get introduced to the Underworld, and the Gods, then I started to say, okay, this is going to be good after all. Sadly, that was not the case with Solstice.


    Solstice had very interesting Ideas, but was not well thought-out. Now, I did not hate this book, BUT it didn't live up to my expectations at all! The writing was good, but everything was VERY predictable! I seen things coming way before they even happened, and when they did happen, it wasn't nothing to get excited about!

    The Plot

    The world has gone into chaos. Global warning is in effect, with extreme heat rises, and unexpected hail storms. Its like the weather has a mind of its own...Many people have died as a result of this, and more are expected. Many even believe this is the end of times.

    Piper, a freshly turned eighteen year old is struggling from her mothers obsessiveness to keep her sheltered, and cut off from everyone other then her best-friend Chole. She has never had a boyfriend or gone to hang out with friends. So when her mom has to go on this "mysterious" meeting, Piper seizes this opportunity to spread her freshly turn eighteen year old wings, and soars! She goes on a date! For the first time ever, and she loves it! But that's only the beginning of Piper's changing life.


    Her life is thrown out of control when mysterious things start to happen. She's hearing and seeing things that can't really be there. And she hears whispers of someone oncoming demise. Then if that isn't enough, two mysterious boys come out of nowhere, and they both seem to know her, and want her. Then Pipers world turns upside down, when both boys turn out to be gods of this underworld, she never knew existed! She's also having these strong desires for both boys. One feels real and genuine, while the other desire feels forced, like a fuzzy haze. Piper can't understand or explain any of this, so she excepts it....

    Then Piper is introduced to the Underworld were Gods rule, and dead souls linger. She is thrust into this life of pain, sorrow, misery, on one side of the underworld, where the bad souls go. And on the other side, happiness, love, and a life in paradise for the good souls.

    Piper knows she is connected to this world somehow, someway, and she determined to find out how! But no one will tell her anything, and people are dying all around her, her moms hiding something and smothering her at the same time. She also has her best-friend Chole, starting to go crazy on her, and her estranged father is sending her letters and trying to take her away from her mom. And if that's not enough, One of the gods turn out to be something Piper never expected, and he's starting to stalk her! Pipers world went from crazy, to unbelievably INSANE, and she has absolutely no clue how, and why, But shes about to find out....



    Now, doesn't that sound good? Well I thought so too, but really it is nothing like it sounds. When Piper found out that the guy she is falling for was actually and god in a different world, she wasn't even freaked out. she didn't ask the most obvious questions anyone would ask, and this go's for other things that happen. She made me feel like this: Okay, your a god in this mythology world, and you judge the dead souls that enter, but can you pass the wine, please? I mean come on, I would been freaking out demanding answers! But No, not Piper, she acts like its a everyday thing to met gods in the Underworld, and see Souls linger!

    I also found the character development terrible! I did not like any of the characters, well maybe just a little, but not really. Its like they didn't have any personality, and I found myself not really caring what happened to them. And it was soooooo PREDICTABLE!!!! I knew what Piper was and her role in the whole Underworld thing when I was LESS then 25% in, and it isn't revealed until about 90%. So that should tell you right there that I did not get many surprises in this book!


    Another thing that bothered me in this book was that their was really NO ACTION! If your looking for a fast-Paced book, that keeps you turning the pages faster then you can read them, then keep looking because you will NOT find it here, at least I didn't!


    So Overall, I didn't hate this book, but I did not love it, or really even like it that much either. But I kept reading because I kept telling myself "It has to get better, One more chapter and it will" But Nope, it didn't. So would I read the next book? Probably not. Would I recommended this book? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But some people might find it worth the read, but just not me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Solstice by P.J. Hoover

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Luv it

    I think the book is amazing I luv it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Entertaining!

    A long novel with a twist on a greek legend. The characters felt very real.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Dystopian mixes with mythology for the perfect romance!

    Love them or hate them, dystopian novels are what's in. SOLSTICE, while dystopian, is the sort of book that even dystopian haters will enjoy. Because the dystopian setting is just that-the setting, not the focal point. Because it's also a fantasy novel. Because it's also a retelling of Persephone and Hades. Because it's an epic romance. Because there's something magical about it that doesn't quite exist in any other dystopian novel. Even if you dislike the genre (or are just sick of it), SOLSTICE is a stand-out that shouldn't be ignored.

    One of the most remarkable aspects of SOLSTICE's journey to publication is the non-traditional route it took. While sold exclusively as an e-book at a very affordable $2.99 price-point, the novel is NOT self-published. Yes, you read that right. P.J. Hoover has written several traditionally-published novels, including the middle-grade trilogy THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS, which revolves around Atlantis (Yes, Atlantis!!) and will be re-released with new covers in e-book and paperback format later this year or in early 2012. Hoover was the first Andrea Brown Literary Agency author to have a book launch solely as an e-book. If they had waited to traditionally publish, the novel wouldn't be out until 2013, but it's right NOW that both dystopian novels and mythology-influenced ones are hot and selling. Hoover has a great two-part interview talking about why SOLSTICE took this route (Part 1, Part 2). Because of the way this book was published, it still went through normal rounds of editing and received a professionally-designed cover, so it's not riddled with errors the way some straight-to-e-book novels are. In fact, SOLSTICE is one of my Ton Ten Novels so far this year. It's that good.

    I think what draws me into the world of SOLSTICE the most is the fact that all of the characters feel so real, so alive. The romance is gorgeous and at the novel's conclusion, I just wanted more books. I wasn't ready to leave Hoover's world. There have been a lot of books revolving around the Persephone and Hades myth this year, including much-buzzed about teen novels ABANDON by Meg Cabot (reviewed here) and THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter (reviewed here). Both of those novels are the first in a trilogy that will explore the myth upon which they're based. Some parts are truer to their mythological roots than others. But in both cases, the "Persephone" character was very by the book. She was forced to be with "Hades" against her will. SOLSTICE, on the other hand, offers a new way of looking at the classic myth. What if Persephone hadn't been kidnapped? What if she'd gone to Hades willingly? What if the couple had been truly in love and there was a reason for her mother Demeter's murderous rampage whenever her daughter went to the Underworld for half the year? This is the heart of SOLSTICE.

    Due to space limitations, full review can be found at abackwardsstory (dot) blogspot (dot) com as well as a guest post from the author!

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