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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,047 Ratings  ·  224 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 meanie)
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 21, 2011 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
May 29, 2011 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
Jun 20, 2011 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)
Jun 12, 2011 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
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
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
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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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