My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: YA Dystopian
Book Description: 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 secret plan to stop the rain from flooding the rest of the earth and start civilization anew. 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.
My thoughts: 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 moved to high ground and the Government controls where people live, their job, education, reproduction, relationships, emotions, etc. Jezebel is a 16 year old student who is not controlled by the chip that is in all of the citizens. The chip controls emotions. Jezebel learned from an early age to reign in her emotions so that she will not be punished and controlled.
Jez is in a world of secrecy. She has hid her true self for many years and is unsure of who she can trust. There are two young men who are key to some of her decisions. Even when the book ended, I am not sure that either of them are completely trustworthy. The author has done a wonderful job at keeping the reader guessing. There are many possibilities in the direction that she can take the plot. I am anxiously awaiting the next pages! I want to know what happens to Jez and her friends.
This is a clean YA book that has kissing and non-graphic violence.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) 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 H.B. Moore, and romance and women's fiction under the name Heather B. Moore. It can be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom.