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3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  946 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
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 b
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published May 4th 2011
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Actual rating: 0.25 stars

I didn't think it could be done, but apparently the impossible has been accomplished: I've found a book that's worse than The Goddess Test.

"What's that?" You say? "How is that even possible?!" You ask? The Goddess Test has random-ass Greek mythology that's probably 0.67% true to the original myths, a martyred Mary Sue of a can this book possibly be worse than that? Simple. I'll tell you how. With the addition of excruciatingly painful insta-love between not
*** Oh, yes! There will be plenty of spoilers. *** But first, let’s have an authentic taste of the story:
"'I'm Shayne. Remember?' [...] 'We've been sitting by each other all year,' he says. I glance around the room and notice half the girls in the class staring at him. But he either doesn't notice them or doesn’t care. It’s like he only has eyes for me." ... and ...
"'I would do anything for you, Piper. Anything you want'. Reese won't take his eyes off me. 'If I can’t have you, it'll kill me.'
Jul 26, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
P.J. Hoover has created a frightening dystopian world, and paired it with a plot full of fascinating mythological elements. It is unlike any other dystopian or fantasy novel I have ever read. This is a book that readers will have trouble putting down. You will find yourself craving the same answers Piper is searching for and unable to stop reading until you discover them alongside her.

Not only is the world in Solstice wonderfully developed, although a little nightmare inducing, but the character
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
There's a special kind of sadness reserved for a book that starts out well, that you think you're going to be best friends with, but which, instead, goes somewhere that your heart and mind can't embrace. For me, Solstice is one such book. For the first hundred pages, Solstice was heading for a 3.5-4 star rating, but then the twist and the romance happened. Though not for me, Solstice does have good qualities and will no doubt be pleasing to a slew of other readers.

The first hundred pages of Sols
Jun 14, 2011 Demetra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
P.J. Hoover has painted an original dystopian world with a skilled and vibrant brush. The thick weight of Piper’s personal oppression, handed out by her mother, is coupled with the humidity and heat of a dying city in crisis. Once the world had settled into my lungs, not even the mist of the cooling gel, administered by the council in the great city of Austin, could rescue me. I was hooked.

I am an enormous fan of Greek mythology, and this book doesn’t fail to deliver. If you love Greek Myths, a
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars

Well this was a rather pleasant surprise! In Solstice, P. J. Hoover fascinatingly combines Greek mythology with a natural disaster/dystopian scenario. Her idea is breathtakingly original and her execution, for the most part, superb. There were times when the transitions between the two worlds weren’t as smooth as they should have been and they required a bit more patience and good will, but overall, worldbuilding is Solstice’s strongest quality by far.

On the outside, Paige’s world is in
Aug 07, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Man oh man. I never thought I'd fall in love with the Lord of the Underworld, but I certainly did. I'm always up for a great twist on mythology, and Solstice was a hot (literally), sexy, exciting, and original story that kept me turning the pages--well, hitting the NEXT button on my Kindle--until the end.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jul 06, 2011 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it really liked it
I love books about Greek Mythology. To me it's all about capturing the ideas and beliefs of an ancient civilization. The stories have always held a particular spot in my imagination. It's been great for me to see books coming out that capture the Greek myths and bring them into modern civilization.

Piper lives sometime in the near future where the world in in perpetual summer. The temperatures soar and threaten all life. Many of the creatures and plants have died. Life revolves around escaping th
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
This book is HOT, like slap your goat hot! I literally drank like 27 water bottles while reading this story. I was completely swept away into Piper's scorching world from the words "buy now with 1-click." The Global Heating Crisis is in full swing and there is a looming threat that at any moment every single thing on Earth will die. Piper lives in Austin, Texas *fistpump* and the city is under a giant heat bubble. Temperatures rise to 130+ and the town is in panic mode. Piper's mother sits on th ...more
Katie M
May 12, 2011 Katie M rated it it was amazing
Piper lives in a dystopian world where global warming is an uncomfortable reality. All things green and lush are now dead. Cooling gels are sprayed in public areas to keep body temperatures down; even though many people can get severe allergic reactions to it.

Piper's mom is pretty overprotective. She doesn't want Piper to get a boyfriend, have a boy over to do homework with, etc. Inevitably, Piper wants to rebel.

Shayne and Reese go to Piper's school. Seemingly, they've been there all year, yet
M.L. John
After eighteen years of endless summer, Earth is dying a slow, hot death. Oceans are wastelands of dead fish, deadly heat bubbles threaten to wipe out entire cities, and the soil is so desiccated
that plants are in danger of extinction. This is Piper’s reality, and her domineering,
overprotective mother makes it even more suffocating.
Piper’s best friend Chloe is her only outlet from the bleak reality within and without. However,
when Piper rebels by secretly opening a mysterious birthday present an
Solstice is fascinating! This was recommended to me and I really didn't know what to expect. It completely surprised me. I got pulled in from the very beginning. Great writing, CLEVER story--a fantastic mix of dystopian and greek mythology that I recommend to fans of either.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jul 19, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tee loves Kyle Jacobson by: P. J. Hoover

Warning: This book is CALIENTE! HOT… HOT… HOT….

My Rating:5 Hot Blazing Suns!

My Cover Thoughts: The artist for this cover really kicked BUTT! There is this beautiful girl standing over earth looking into the horizon. You get this feeling like she is talking the sun and asking why it is so hot here on earth. The sun is shining on her face and you get a glimpse into what she is thinking.

My Thoughts/Review: Okay let me first start out by saying I really did not think I was going to like this book.
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Check out a guest post from PJ Hoover regarding the dystopian elements in SOLSTICE at my blog here!

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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This review also appears on my blog: The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Wow. I was really excited to read this story, but I'll admit that I had doubts as to how the author was going to tie mythology into a dystopian-themed novel. Consider those doubts assuaged. This is more of a mythology-themed novel with a dystopian setting, and the author threaded the mythology into the storyline seamlessly.

Ah, the setting. How apropos is it that I started reading this story on my Memorial Day trip to Austin, TX -- my sec
Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
Jul 04, 2011 Vi (the Vi3tBabe) rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, e-arcs, 4-stars
I love reading dystopian novels and when I found out this book had Greek mythology in it, a topic I'm fascinated and in love with also, I jumped at the chance to read/review and be a host in P.J. Hoover's Blog Tour. I have to admit, this book is more Greek mythology than dystopian world, but it ties in together nicely and you can see the result of one due to another.

It's been so long since I've studied mythology I had to go back and read the tale that this story retells. Hoover does a great job
Emily Ward
Wow! I stumbled upon this author on a blog (The Bookshelf Muse), and the first thing that caught my eye was that cover. Great job to whoever did that! I read a couple sentences of the blurb and got the sample from But I really had no idea what it was about other than the dystopian setting of the global heating crisis. So, going in, I had pretty much no idea where it was going, and it was really cool reading it that way! Reading without any preconceived notions, just enjoying the book ...more
ETA2: At bottom of review.

ETA1: Originally reviewed on Touch the Night in June 2011.

Solstice has a pretty interesting setup. The world is basically on fire. They've had to learn to live with 113 degree Fahrenheit days, barely getting relief at all at night. This is where we're introduced to Piper. A young woman, seventeen, still in high-school, Piper is raised alone by her mother - never knowing her father.

When she meets two young men at school, who make her feel things she's never experienced b
Julie Witt
Sep 21, 2011 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
What can I say about this book other than it is one of my favorite books of 2011!! It's definitely one of the best books dealing with mythology that I have read. I never thought I would say this, but I really want to meet Hades, the King of the Underworld! PJ Hoover makes the Underworld sound like the best, most happening place in the world!

From Goodreads: "Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which th
Laura Pauling
Jul 22, 2011 Laura Pauling rated it really liked it
I loved the combination of mythology with global warning. I found it a unique premise and I loved the world building of the Underworld.

At the start, I was a little put off by the instant attraction that seems so prevalant in YA these days. But as the story moved on, I really enjoyed Piper and her voice. Piper has plenty of mysteries in her life and as she tries to figure them out, she makes decisions - and not always the right ones. I love that those decisions come back to haunt her. By the end
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jul 08, 2011 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
When I first read this was a dystopian meets mythology book, I was so unsure how it would all come down. I'm still not sure I would label it as dystopian because at the beginning, it seemed like it was, but then when you find out what is really going on, it really is more mythological. Right? Because the reasons for the Global Warming have to do with mythology.

Anyway, no matter how you label it, this book turned out to be one of the most compelling books I've read in awhile. Talk about a page tu
Jun 09, 2011 Kris rated it it was amazing
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 wit
Mishel Zabala
Jul 09, 2011 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it
My Rating: 4/5 stars!

I know dystopian novels are becoming a huge trend in the YA genre. But I don’t think I’ve come across any that interweave mythology into its pages. I’m a big fan of mythology related books and I have tons of dystopian novels on my TBR list so I was immediately interested in reviewing Solstice when I was asked. Solistice is a very unique, entertaining, and well written book that I think will be very successful in the YA world.

Global warming is a very real and scary thing and
Sarah Kalaitzidis
Jan 24, 2012 Sarah Kalaitzidis rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
This book I wasn't planning to read it any time soon, but my kobo messed up and poof here it is and I've read it. I knew it was going to be about Mythology, but what I didn't know is that it would be about Greek Myths and that the author would take it on a whole new level. A world going into a massive heating crises and the gods are the cause, with a twist as to who. I was so drawn into this book I even told my friend about it who loves Greek myths.

The Characters are so well written in the terms
Sep 29, 2011 Yvie rated it it was amazing
I am a very big fan of Greek Mythology – so much so that as a kid in high school, I spent weeks making a Medusa mask out of paper, bin liners and paint. So when Solstice landed in my hands and I read the summary, I was very, very excited.

And this book did not disappoint.

We meet Piper in the middle of what could be a very real situation for us all in a few years. Austin, TX is in the middle of a global warming crisis. The temperatures are in their hundreds and there is an appointed committee tryi
Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

Excuse me, folks, black sheep coming through.

The first quarter of Solstice left me in a constant state of confusion. Very suddenly, the main character is develops not one—but two—insta-love relationships. I figured there was some bigger picture at work, but it was annoying because the relationships reminded me of those books where there's the plain, 'normal' girl and every guy in a 2 mile radius is obsessed with her. Because in Solstice Piper had never date
Felicia Chien
Jun 12, 2011 Felicia Chien rated it it was amazing
E-Book: Solstice by P. J. Hoover
Pages: 189
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Greek Mythology, Romance

Short Synopsis: As the temperature continues to rise, the world is in a global warming crisis. All the while, a young girl named Piper, is caught up in her own problems. She has a controlling mother, two new love interests, and a best friend whose about to die.

My Thoughts: I’m usually not a fan of dystopian literature, but I was totally intrigued by this book, and absolutely adored it!
In this nove
Dec 28, 2014 Montanamarynotmartha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults that love books for young-adults
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
Jun 05, 2011 Ashelynn rated it liked it
Solstice is an okay book. I wasn't moved emotion wise, and I didn't hook me right away. I like the mythology to the dystopian part, even though this book focuses more on the mythology rather than the dying world. I did like how it wrapped everything up at the end. I would have never guessed it what mythology story it was a retelling of, though. That was a nice surprise.

One thing that did bother me was the love at first sight. Shayne and Reese both exclaim "I love you!" right away and Piper's all
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P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. 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. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time wi ...more
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