Solstice by Jane Redd
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.
About 258 pages
About Jane Redd
Writing under pen name, Jane Redd… Heather Moore is a USA Today bestselling author and has written more than a dozen historical thrillers. She also writes romance and women’s fiction.
MY REVIEW (4 / 5 stars): The story is set in a futuristic dystopic society where everyone is managed. You have chips placed in your shoulder- for emotions to be controlled . You have guardians to raise you and you move intermittently throughout your childhood in order to not get attached.
Imagine a place where Jezebel James, our heroine, is called out of school and told to report to her childhood home. She is scared and trying not to show any emotions as that will get you into trouble. She arrives and the custodian there gives her a package and states “this is your inheritance.” She now knows her father guardian is gone and she can’t ask any questions. She just leaves……I would be upset, wanting to know, crying. I would be in trouble here!!! This society doesn’t allow mistakes.
Her inheritance includes a journal, a book by her grandmother. She has never seen a book and they are outlawed. She has learned some about books by Sol, her friend, but it is a secret and they can be put into prison if caught.
However, Jez is a rebel. She wants answers and this book eventually picks up and goes into a faster pace and reminds me of “Hunger Games” Society or Divergent.The bad part of the book is the ending- it left a lot to be desired as it was a cliffhanger.
It will be interesting as it sets us up to want to read a sequel!
I was asked to review this novel without compensation from the author, I AM A RAEDER, & the publisher, Swoon Reads.