Solstice - YA Review by Eli S-M.

Reader: Eli S-M.
Age: 14
Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publisher: Tor Teen/McMillan
Pub Date: 06/18/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The book did several things well, like conveying the sense of paranoia that came from living under the constant threat of a heat spike and conveying hints about a city councilmen's secret. The science of the heat crisis was also well thought out, along with the governmental responses (i.e. "heat lockdowns" and chemical coolant sprays). All seemed plausible and likely. Several things could have been done better, however. The main character's mother's overprotectiveness was over emphasized, and the councilman, for what I felt was quite a bit of build up, turned out to be a negligible plot point. His secret is revealed nonchalantly, simply to "tie up loose ends," and has no bearing on the story.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book was fairly memorable. The use of a fantasy/mythological storyline in a sci-fi/dystopian setting was imaginative and led to to both the plot and setting being well thought out.  The plot being dominated by a love triangle, however, was dissappointing. Some more tangible action should be incorporated into the story, instead of the entire conflict being the main character trying to resist one of the other character's attractive aura.
Cover: The cover reflected the contents of the book fairly accurately, and helped me visualize the domes.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags: dystopian / science fiction / fantasy / mythology / romance / ya lit

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