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Solstice (Solstice #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  333 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth are: 1. Cut out your emotion tracker, 2. Join a religious cult, 3. Create a rebellion against the Legislature, 4. Fall in love.

Jezebel James does all four.

Jez is on the fast-track to becoming a brilliant scientist, with one goal—to save her city from total extinction. Her caretakers have entrusted her with a s
ebook, Kindle, 315 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Kindle Press
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Ivy Rutter No cuss words so far, I am on chapter 21. It does mention kissing and reproduction, but nothing graphic, all from a passing scientific POV

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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

An interesting dystopian concept that is wrecked by weak, disjointed, unfocused storytelling.

How does Reuben, a Lake Town resident and "barbarian" have brilliantly white teeth?

How come it rains all but two days out of the year? How can you predict those two days of sun and why would you call them "Solstice", a word specifically meaning the location of the sun in the sky?

If Jezebel is so smart, how comes it takes her an entire book to guess that maybe others are like her too?

Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
4.5 Stars
What a cliffhanger? It's been a long time since I have faced one of those. I didn't realize this was the first book in a series. I will read the next book when it comes out. Interesting dystopian novel that held my interest throughout.

Content: Clean
Source: Kindle Scout
This was me when I finished this book last year: Ah!!!!!!! No!!!!!!! Ending is a turning everything on its head plot twist!!!!! Must have Book 2 now!!!!! I am dying here!!!!!

Yay! The second book in the series Lake Town comes pre-ordered to my Kindle tomorrow March 1rst!

This young adult dystopia surely was one of the most addictive reads of 2016. It was shockingly unpredictable and intense. Every time I thought I knew what was coming, the author turned everything around in a credible manner and k
Julie Carpenter
I read through this book as fast as I could, and those moments when I had to put it down...I thought about it wondering what was coming next and hoping to be able to pick it up again very soon. If you enjoy dystopian books then I think you will enjoy this one. I'm happy to say that I have book two and have started reading it so I don't have to wait on a cliffhanger...although it looks like there's a third book so I will be hanging off that cliff for a while until it comes out. Book two releases ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Wait? No, no, no! It ended?

I stayed up anxiously swiping my tablet from one page to the next. It was midnight. I was invested, I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I swiped for the next page and found out that the book was over and I had to wait for the next one. I realized that I should have put the book down an hour earlier and saved the ending for the morning!

"Solstice" is a dystopian book. The world is covered in water. The rains have not stopped for decades. The people have all
Katie W
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
(4.5 Stars) There's something about Dystopian that completely draws me in, stresses me out, and captivates me. Solstice is no exception! There's no way that I could live in a time like this, always wondering who to trust, what's going on, and how to survive--I would die from stress within a year.

Jez is super smart and resourceful. She works hard toward her goal of becoming a scientist--one who can save her city, but along her journey, she discovers some very important, and somewhat disturbing, s
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is my YA novel written under Jane Redd, and it won the Kindle Scout Contest in December 2015. Look for its release Spring 2016!
Bianca {Until The Last Page}
I received an ebook copy for free from Inspired Kathy's page in exchange for an honest review.

In a world with never-ending rain and floods due to global warming, people struggled to survive to be able to preserve humanity. To spread peace and protect life, the Legislation rose to control the remaining inhabitants of the city under a very systematic way. People are categorized according to their skills and behaviour and are expected to abide by the rules and the system. Jezebel is supposed to be
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the rush of excitement one receives when they learn that one of their favorite authors also writes under a pen name. It's so exhilarating to be introduced to a new story you already know you're going to love.

Solstice is a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat when you’re sitting and on the tips of your toes when you’re standing. It’s packed full of mystery, deception, conspiracies, and secrecy. New twists and turns were popping up left and right and it made the story exception
**I received a copy of this book free from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review**

Wow. Just wow.
I must be on a good book kick, because Solstice was everything it promised and more.
This book was excellent...I got to the end and saw, with frustration, that the book is to be continued with a second installment called Lake Town, so now I have to wait to see what happens...but I'll be first in line to review that books because I'm hooked!!
Redd introduces us to a true dys
Bonnie L. Boucek
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Edge of Your Seat Read

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Giver or Divergent, then Solstice is a prime reading choice for you. Redd creates a world that gives a new definition to bleak; however, she brings forth a shining example of Hope with her main character – Jezebel James.

Solstice by Jane Redd creates a world worthy of motion pictures. Redd captures the very essence of dystopian societies. Solstice creates a world worthy of notation. Jezebel James, our heroine, finds herself different fro
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I really love this author, so I had high expectations going into reading Solstice. Immediately I was intrigued by the setting and the characters. Jez, the main heroine, was equally smart, brave, but also realistically scared. Reuben, Sol, and Chalice were all interesting characters and somewhat of counterparts to each other and Jez. The plot was fairly smooth and there was some intense moments. There was danger, deception, friendship, romance, and heartbreak.

What I felt was missing was an overal
Sophie Martin
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Woooow talk about a cliffhanger. I thought this book would be a quickie, but not a 24 hour one! I went into this book expecting to like it but not to becoming engrossed in the life of Jezebel! This is a page turner for sure. It's set in the future and the world is flooded and the majority of the population lives in one city (2 million people). Society is very strict, governed by science. Jezebel is different, she has emotions, unlike the rest of the population. Now from the start, Jez clearly is ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I was so excited to finally read this book. I nominated it on the Kindle Scout program and I'm so happy it got published. This is an author I love, venturing into a new genre- dystopian. How fun, right?

I've been hankering for a good, new dystopian book to read and Solstice fit the bill perfectly. I was drawn into Jez's world where the waters are rising and the earth is dying. I was absolutely longing to see the sun while I read this book.

In this world, the government represses the people by sup
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am hooked. I can’t wait to read more. While this isn’t my favorite genre, I was still sucked in. I was anxious to know what happened next every step if the way. I love all of the main characters and root for them all the way. Jezebel finds herself in impossible situations as she tries to do what she thinks is right. She also struggles to control her feelings which are not allowed in the society she lives in. The more she learns, the more she questions who is right and who is wrong. I felt her ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this before bed, fell asleep and finished reading as soon as I woke up. I loved it! First, the main character Jez is likeable. You really feel her emotions and struggles. The world is totally believable. I like the idea of the non-stop rain shrinking the world, the rules imposed to try and control it. The government taking over and suppressing the people. It’s all perfect. I really enjoyed Sol and especially Rueben. Bringing him in to explain stuff was ingenious.

The only thing I’
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pretty great book! The reasons why to be kicked out made sense, but it also made sense for her to commit them! Though it could do with a few touch ups!
I received a free ebook copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.

Solstice follows a teenage girl called Jezbel, who is a Carrier (she carries the key to possibly save the human kind) and her life in a distopian society. The year is 2099 and it's been raining non-stop for the last 39 years. The rain brought numerous disasters and now the Legislature rules the society of the biggest and most populated city left standing. People are controlled through Harmony implants and there is a st
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the Swoon Reads website for the author, Heather Moore (writing under the pseudonym Jane Redd). As of now (January 2014), it has never been published and the author is hoping to win the contest on Swoon Reads to get it published. Given that it has not been gone over by an editor and is still in kind-of rough form, I still gave this 5 stars because of how it grabbed me and kept me enthralled the entire way. I wanted to know what was going to happen and though there were times I knew ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to begin to explain just how much I loved this book! From the very beginning you are immersed into this universe alongside the main character, Jez, as she struggles to maintain a balance between her true self and how she is supposed to be. The never ending twists and turns keep you on your toes, never knowing who to trust or what is coming around the next bend. I honestly could not put this book down! A great YA dystopian novel that I highly recommend. Very well written, ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters were intriguing and well written. Each page I turned with anticipation, wondering what was going to happen next. Jez is a great character and Sol and Rueben are mysteriously awesome leading men. I absolutely loved the cliffhanger ending. What a shock! Can't wait for LAKE TOWN.

I received a copy from the Kindle Scout program.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down! The story was so well-written, the idea behind it so intriguing, that I was hooked from page 1. It also makes the reader think about how our own government can abuse its power. A must-read!
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Solstice is an awesome read. This is not my normal genre that I read, but I honestly enjoyed this book. Jezebel James being a likable character and all of the plot twists, I could not put this book down. I look forward to more books by Jane Redd in the future.
Highly recommended.
5 stars.
Deborah Klein
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jezebel as Redeemer?

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in return for an impartial review.

In this post apocalyptic dystopian novel, despite the anti-religious stance of the government, every major character has a Biblical or religious name: Solomon, Reuben (spelled Rueben in the text), Chalice, Naomi, ... and our lead character, Jezebel. I don't understand why someone like Naomi would name her daughter after one of the most evil women ever, but perhaps in the eyes of the dictatorship, Jez
Valerie Waters
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was pretty good. I do wish it wouldn't have been so much about their little love fest.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first Kindle Scout book that I had heard of and the first one that I voted for. It's written by H.B. Moore writing as Jane Redd for the national market. This whole Kindle Scout thing is really an intriguing idea. Author's submit their work and then people vote on which should be published based off of the description of the book. Then anyone who nominates the book for publishing is also able to get a free e-copy from Kindle Scout.

Anyway...I found myself sucked into Jezebel's sto
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I felt like this book couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The focus changed like 5 times in the first half and not one of the characters was likeable. Big ole wth and no thanks to #2.
A. R.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Could not put this one down!!

Solstice is a well told dystopian YA novel. For once there is a reason society has degenerated into this community where people are segregated by intelligence levels. A reason why families are controlled and almost designed by the government. And a reason why this community needs to be saved.

Reading about all the rainfall in thestory made me think that Jane Redd (Heather Moore) had lived in Cleveland. I keenly felt the cloudiness, the dreariness of the world created
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This Kindle Scout winner, is a YA Dystopian novel. The world seemed different from some of the other Dystopian worlds I've read about before which made it so compelling. It took several chapters in order to figure out what was happening in the story. More details about the world unfolded the longer you read. I kind of wished that things had happened a bit faster than they did. I was so impatient to find out why her roommate Chalice had been taken away by the government.

The main character Jezebel
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok

I felt like the blurb for this book was misleading. Perhaps it refers to the rest of the story. In any case, Jezabel didn't join a religious cult or create a rebellion against the legislature. Some of the other things the blurb mentions don't really make sense, either.

I thought it sounded like an interesting story, but I struggled with a lot of things that didn't really make sense to me. For instance, I thought that when Jezebel was following Dr. Matthews the firs
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 02, 2016 10:30AM  
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Writing under Jane Redd, Heather B. Moore is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels set in ancient Arabia and Mesoamerica. She attended the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican International School in Jerusalem and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name ...more

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