Deadly Destinations: P. J. Hoover’s Piper Snow on The Underworld & win SOLSTICE

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P. J. Hoover’s Piper Snow on The Underworld from SOLSTICE

SOLSTICEHi! P. J. Hoover here, author of the upcoming dystopian/mythology YA novel, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), and today I’m excited to have a guest post to share with you that was written by the main character of Solstice, Piper Snow. Piper’s taken a tour around the Underworld, and she has all sorts of things to tell us about it. But before we start, just a quick aside about the book. Solstice is a young adult novel aimed at fans of The Hunger Games and The Lightning Thief. It’s set in a future where global warming is destroying Earth, and everything is dying. This girl, Piper, opens a mysterious box, and soon, a world of mythology starts exploding around her. Gods walk the earth, and somehow she’s involved in their world. Things get complicated when her best friend almost dies and she has to save her from the Underworld. And did I mention the hot romance? It’s definitely a selling point for me. I loved writing it and love having other people read it.

And now, here’s Piper!


Hi, Piper Snow here. I just got back from the craziest tour of the Underworld. Yeah, like that Underworld—the one from mythology—and you guys would never believe the stuff going on down there. Right, I don’t have time to tell you everything, so if you’re curious, check out Solstice. But in the meantime, there are a few things I want to mention.

First, there are three main parts to the Underworld. Don’t worry, they aren’t confusing. Think of them this way: The Good, The Bad, and The Seriously Ambivalent.

  • The Elysian Fields -> It’s where The Good go. Simple. Be good. Go to the good place.
  • Tartarus -> It’s where The Bad go. Be bad. Spend eternity in the horrible place of torture. Total fail.
  • The Asphodel Meadows -> All those in-between people. The people who aren’t bad, but haven’t really done much noteworthy in their lives. They’re shoved into the mindless realm of in-between-dom forever. Oh yeah, and their memories are wiped.

Second, there are five rivers in the Underworld. And all the rivers have monsters. Each river gets you somewhere, and if you’re lucky, gets you back out.

  • Styx -> Get you into the place from aboveground
  • Acheron -> Gets you to the front doors
  • Cocytus -> Takes you to the happy paradise that is the Elysian Fields
  • Lethe -> Takes you to the mindless bliss of the Asphodel Meadows
  • Phlegethon -> Sorry you have to cross this one. You obviously made the naughty list and are headed for Tartarus.

Third, and maybe I should have warned you of this first. Once you visit the Underworld, you can’t ever leave. Because it means you’re dead. So I hope you were super good while aboveground and earned a sweet spot in the Elysian Fields. I’ll come visit you. I promise!

 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

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Available on June 18, 2013 by Tor Teen/Macmillan


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.

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32 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: P. J. Hoover’s Piper Snow on The Underworld & win SOLSTICE”

  1. Tashraven

    The book sounds good, will be added to my TBR pile. Would love to win.

  2. Jasmyn

    I love dystopians and this one sounds like it might have a touch of mythology as well. Sounds great.

  3. Barrie

    Sounds like a great read for my teen! Is a sequel planned?

  4. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?

  5. Kirsten

    I was wondering which part of the underworld was your favorite?

  6. Eva Millien

    This book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it. On her tour, did Piper talk to any of the dead, or do the dead just ignore, do they attack? Thanks for sharing your wonderful post and for the giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book.

  7. Kai W.

    I love the interview and the book description. I love that Greek mythology is used for Soltice’s storyline. I want and would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Denise Z

    I can’t think of anything particularly witty to say today, but I so want to read this book, it sounds awesome. Thank you for sharing with us and for the treat of a giveaway opportunity.

  9. Bethany C.

    Hi. I was wondering if the author ever uses names of people she knows in real life in her books?

  10. Angie F.

    I read a spoilery negative review of this and it actually made me want to pick it up! It sounds really interesting and unique! 😀

  11. Natasha

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Rachel S

    I am so excited about this – Greek mythology and dystopian?? Two of my favorite subjects! This is absolutely one of my most anticipated books of summer!

  13. Texas Book Lover

    Great post! Love the in depth look at the underworld.

  14. Joani S

    I have really been wanting to read this one, it’s in my wish list. It sounds so awesome! Yet another I’m going to have to get to soon. 🙂

  15. Nicole E

    This sounds really good! It’s definitely going on my to-read shelf =]

  16. Jolene A

    Sounds like such a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Caty R

    I love books with gods and goddesses and adventures into the underworld! This book sounds interesting

  18. Danielle D

    Ms Hoover – what’s your favorite mythological story? And do you think there is some way to adapt that particular one for modern audiences or is it better left alone?