TITLE: Solstice High
SYNOPSIS: It’s the first day of school at prestigious Solstice High. Seniors Matt, Rochelle, Daphne and Jonas each have a big surprise waiting for them. When the four friends undergo a freak accident, they begin to develop superhuman abilities and come to realize that all is not as it seems within the bleak walls of their high school. While dealing with the day-to-day challenges of being teenagers, they must also confront their sinister principal, Mr. Devlin, who seems to have more than just education on his agenda.
This book is definitely an unique read. For one, the point of view switches between the four main characters. I don’t think I ever read a book where the point of view shifts between more than two characters. Because of this, the beginning of the book was a bit difficult to read, mainly because there was no label on whose perspective the story was being told from. There’s only one thing I would have wanted to change in this book. And that is clearly identify the character that is “speaking”. However, later in the story, as I became more familiar with each character and their individual voices, it became easier to figure out who was “talking”. The characters each had their own personality and view on things. That was what made identifying them a lot simpler.
The story includes a lot of high school experiences (including facing off with a not so nice principal) and dealing with the problems that come with being a teenager. Some problems include depression, insecurity, friends changing, and bullying. This made the characters easy to relate to as they struggle with their own personal problems. After all, who can say they had a problem free high school experince…
RATING: REALLY ICY
RECOMMENDATION: For fans of Virals by Kathy Reichs.