Beginning in the mid- 21st century, Earth began to experience non-stop rainfall throughout the planet. As the world became flooded, civil unrest brokeBeginning in the mid- 21st century, Earth began to experience non-stop rainfall throughout the planet. As the world became flooded, civil unrest broke out throughout the world and a new form of government rose to power, the Legislature. Instilling new rules, citizens were implanted with Harmony chips to suppress their emotions in the hope that society would create expert scientists who could figure out a way to stop the rain and save humanity.
Fast-forward to the time our story takes place, approximately 40 years after the start of the rains, and we are introduced to Jezebel "Jez" James. Jez is unique in that her Harmony implant has never worked, resulting her having to learn at an early age how to control and hide her emotions in order to complete her mission in life. Jez has been tasked with doing all she can to make it to University, become a scientist and to implement the secret plan, as given to her by her by her caretakers, to stop the rain and flooding before it destroys the last remnants of the plant and to restart civilization.
With entrance into the University within her grasp, Jez finds her world breaking down around her as she falls under the scrutiny of the Legislature. Unsure of what's real or whom to trust, Jez must walk a fine line if she has any hope of learning the truth and completing her mission.
The book started off a bit slow for me, hence the rating, and I even thought that Solstice was going to end up being either a low rating for me, or a did not finish. I am so glad I pushed through the slow start because once Jez got into trouble and sent to prison, I found that the story finally began to take off. The more I read, the harder it became for me to put the book down. I just had to know what happened next.
The cliffhanger ending has left me shouting "What?! That's the end?! But what happens next and more importantly what is going on?!" This is all in reaction to the two male leads in Jez's life: her friend, and secret crush, from high school; and Rueben, the boy she met in prison, who like her is immune to the Harmony Chip. Sol has always looked out for Jez, even getting sent to detention in hopes of keeping her safe; he can also be seen as being just as much to blame for the trouble Jez finds herself in due to his constant sharing of "forbidden" information about the time before. Even at the end of the book, I still find myself questioning if Sol is immune to the Harmony Chip and who's side is he really on. While Rueben is presented as a more honest and open character, I find him and his motives questionable.
The story is to be continued in Book Two, Lake Town. At the moment there is no release date for the second book, but I'm hoping by the end of this year. My hopes for the second book is: to find out more about the events in the Before time that led to the current state of the government and society and of course to find out what is going on with Sol and Rueben and for their secrets to fully come to light, for I know they're each hiding things from Jez; and, on a lesser level to see if what I see as a potential love triangle is going to manifest or just remain a desire of my bookworm heart.
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