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Author: P.J. Hoover
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopia
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
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.
SETTING SPOLIGHT: ASPHODEL MEADOWS
Hi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today is a Setting Spotlight from Solstice! Setting spotlights are divided into two groups: Team Myth and Team Dystopia. Up today is the Asphodel Meadows from Team Myth!
Setting: THE ASPHODEL MEADOWS
Team: TEAM MYTH
Three Things About The Asphodel Meadows:
1) Cross a river to get there
To get anywhere in the Underworld, you need to cross a river. In the case of the Asphodel Meadows, that river is Lethe. I totally imagined it to look like the Red River, separating Oklahoma and Texas. Why? Because I fell in love with the red clay water and shore.
The Red River looks just like the River Lethe.
2) You’ll forget yourself
No, seriously. As you take your journey across the River Lethe, your mind is wiped. Sure, you still remember basic functions like walking and talking, but everything about you that makes you who you are is gone. It’s just not needed in the Asphodel Meadows.
3) Central Maintenance for the Underworld
So the Underworld is a world, just like any other. And as such, there are lots of things that need done. General maintenance, improvements . . . all these things are done in Asphodel, and the dead souls there work like mindless zombies, getting all the things done.
If I had to pick a place to visit in the Underworld, I’d want to check out Asphodel. I love the mechanical aspects of the place. How it runs the entire Underworld. And the mindless zombies. Of course, after a while I’m sure they would creep me out.
Anyway, thank you for reading!
P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children's, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
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