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Solstice
by P. J. Hoover
Tor Teen, 2013, $17.99 HB, 379pp
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Take The Hunger Games and cross it with Percy Jackson, you start to get Solstice. There’s romance, rivalry, emerging and reclaimed powers, and innovative technologies that barely keep Earth habitable as global temperatures rise.

Piper Rose is lucky; she doesn’t seem to mind the heat as much as her friends do. But there’s another kind of heat that’s generated when she’s around Shayne that affects her profoundly. Love seems to come in two modes, though: genuine and imposed, because another classmate, Reese, is cocksure that Piper ought to be his, and he’s awfully…persuasive.

Piper hates seeing how Earth is being destroyed, and wishes her mother could or would do more to makes things better. Somehow she knows that there’s more she and her mother could be doing…. Piper’s heart is far wiser than even she guesses, and even more powerful. But when she discovers her heritage, and the responsibilities that come with them, it will take all her resolve to prevent hell on earth.

As a bonus, there is a Tor Teen Reader’s Guide at the back: discussion points designed to attune readers’ understanding. This is a feature of some Tor Teen books that make them great material for teachers to use in classrooms, particularly if they have students who love SF. It will be interesting to see if there are sequels. ~~ Chris R. Paige

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