Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover

Posted June 17, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Solstice

Series: Stand Alone
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publish Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Number of pages: 384
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for my honest opinion
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Book Description:
Piper’s world is dying.

Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that 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.

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

I love reading books that happen in my home state.  I love them even more when ridiculous heat is mentioned.  Let’s face it, living in Texas sometimes is like living in one of the inner circles of Hell.  (This little rant could be because I worked outside yesterday, and I swear the thermometer was lying. It was insanely hot.)

Now that I’m off my little rant session, here’s some book love coming at you.  I always find it amazing when authors can mix mythology and dystopian themes.  P.J. Hoover did an awesome job with this.  She is able to mix one of my favorite Greek myths with extreme heat, and an earth that is falling apart.

I will say that I was able to predict a lot of what was going on, but as I said the storyline includes one of my favorite myths.  Even with having an idea of what was going to happen next, I had to keep turning the pages.  Hoover drew me into her world, and had me wanting more.  Bizarre things start happening to Piper when she turns 18, and she’s not sure how to deal with any of them.
Piper kind of gets on my nerves in the beginning.  She suddenly has these two guys fighting for her attention, and is all googly-eyes toward both of them.  As the plot continues though, you are able to figure out why it’s hard to resist one of them.  She begins to learn who she is, and accepts things rather quickly.  Her mother is AWFUL!  I thought my mom was uber protective when I was in high school, but she doesn’t have anything on Piper’s mom.  It’s almost demented how much Piper’s mom wants Piper to stay with her.
I don’t want to get into too much more, so that you have the opportunity to figure out what’s going on.  I will say that I really enjoyed the book.  It made a great hot, summer day read.  😉  I do hope after everything that takes place in this book we can get a follow up of sorts.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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