Solstice by P.J. Hoover
Piper’s world is dying.
Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.
An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.
I was really hoping to love this book. I mean, it includes a bunch of my favourite elements: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, and Greek Myth! Unfortunately, it did not nearly live up to my expectations. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it at all. I did enjoy it to a point. But, I found myself a bit bored throughout the majority of the novel and a lot of things bugged me.
I found the writing style to be a bit immature. It felt much like what you would expect from a debut author, even though it’s not. Hoover has written other books. Some of the way things are described (View Spoiler)(like when Piper falls into the earth or when Chloe is dying — the first time) just don’t seem believable. Like, Piper’s reactions aren’t right or at least aren’t described well enough. I felt as though Piper didn’t question things enough — she just kind of accepted them, even things of the paranormal. I don’t think someone would really be that accepting of things like that and I don’t think her reactions were believable at all. It really bugged me.
However, I did think that Hoover did a good job with the descriptions of the mythical places. I felt like I could picture her versions of how they were.
I also found the story to be way too predictable. If you know the basics of Greek Mythology, you won’t have any surprises coming to you and you’ll find that you will be way ahead of Piper in her realizations. (View Spoiler)(As soon as we are told that Shayne is Hades, everything else follows. Of course Piper is Persephone, which means that her mother is Demeter and her father is Zeus. I also found it obvious that Melina was Aphrodite.)
Overall, I thought the story was a bit dull. I didn’t care for the love triangle or how it was presented. I still found it decently fun to read, though, because I like Greek Myth retellings.
Oh, and what was the point of the bonus chapter at the end of the Hardcover? I don’t get it. It was after the Epilogue and everything. Found that weird and pointless.
SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)
– Reading about the different take on this Greek Myth story. I love Greek Myth and I love retellings.
I Didn’t Care For:
– The story was dull and a bit boring.
– The love triangle. and the way it was presented.
– The writing was weak.
– Piper’s reactions to things were unbelievable. I hated that she didn’t ask enough questions and she took a long time to catch on to things. I was always way ahead of her.
– VERY predictable.