Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover (Indie Takeover)

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Andrea Brown Literary Agency
e-book, 728 pages
Date Published: May 4, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Where Mythology and Dystopia meet...

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known.

SOLSTICE is P.J. Hoover's debut YA novel and is the first front-list novel to be independently published by an Andrea Brown Literary Agency author.
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. Hoover's debut is far from what I expected, but an absorbing read that tackles morality, mortality, and all of the things in between.

Opening line: Mom says, “Watch the heat today.” ~ pg. 14

Favorite lines/passages: “It’s all a game to them, watching lives fall apart.” ~ pg. 384
3.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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5 comments:

The Happy Booker said...

I'm really enjoying dystopians right now. This one sounds pretty interesting, I'll have to check it out. Great review!

Donna @ The Happy Booker

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Mythology aspect? This sounds like an interesting take on dystopians. I'm curious how that's all weaved together. :)

Kyle said...

Is the auther PJ Harvey or PJ Hoover as is on the cover?

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Kyle - *slaps head* Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't even realize I had her name wrong. Several times too.

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you for reading and reviewing SOLSTICE! I really appreciate it :)

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