Series: Solstice #1
Author: Jane Redd
Genres: YA Post Apcolyptic, Young Adult SciFi/Futuristic
Format: eBook • Pages: 294
Published: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Mirror Press
Source: Kindle Scout
There are four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth:
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—save her city from total extinction. But the more Jez learns about the price of a fresh beginning, the more she realizes that carrying out the plan will lead to few survivors, and among the dead will be those she cares about the most.
An Awesome YA Dystopian/Romance!
I love this type of story—young adult characters trying to survive post-disaster. In Solstice, the disaster is climate change—nearly constant rain and flooding. I would DIE in this world!
The political/community setting is typical dystopian, a society where the adults are controlling (and ruining) everything. The basic conceptis emotion control via implanted chips. Although the chip thing has been done before, I still really liked it.
I had high hopes for this story line, and guess what? It met all of them! I didn’t even mind the cliff-hanger at the end because Jane Redd (aka Heather B. Moore) is a prolific and fast writer, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing book #2 soon.
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What did I think?
Character is key, in my opinion. I loved the character of Jezebel Jones. Some may think she’s codependent and that she second-guesses herself too much, but hey—she’s a teenage girl who has had to hide who she is and what she feels since birth. Add to that discovering that what you’ve always believed is not quite true, and the fact that you can’t trust anyone—that’s got to twist you up inside.
I also loved Sol and Reuben—the two boys in the love triangle. But this triangle is not just a question of who Jez likes best. It’s also a question of who can she really trust—and the wrong choice could kill her and others.
I spent the entire book trying to figure out which characters were honest and trustworthy, which were trying to trip Jez up, and which were unwilling/unknowing pawns. And honestly, I couldn’t always tell. In fact, the bigger the character, the less likely I was to figure it out. By the end of the book, I didn’t trust anyone! And that is sooo awesome!!
The plot moved quickly. The emotion was high throughout most of the book. Just when you think a situation is almost resolved, it gets even worse! Then the themes: love, family, religion, loyalty. All were explored in a way that really made you think.
I would feel comfortable letting any teen read this. While the action was high, the violence was minimal and not overdone. There was kissing, but that’s all. As for language, it uses the h—word a few times, but is referring to the actual place, and the d—word once.
And here’s the Giveaway: Solstice (print or ebook) (ends 3/18/16)
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