Friday, June 21, 2013

Solstice Blog Tour Setting Spotlight: THE ELYSIAN FIELDS

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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 Elysian Fields from Team Myth!



Three Things About The Elysian Fields:

1) It’s paradise
Simple, yet true. To go to the Elysian Fields for a dead soul is like winning the lottery, except the dead soul has seriously stacked the odds in their favor the whole time living. They’ve done good things and cared about other people, and as a result, they get to live the good life after they’re dead.

2) The perfect place to develop a new hobby
Everyone in the Elysian Fields does something. Some souls create sand sculptures, and there’s an awesome contest on the beach for this. Others devote their lives to bonsai art or gardening. So, once you die, if you happen to make it to the Elysian Fields, think about all the possibilities in front of you. And don’t worry. You have eternity to do them all.

This sculpture inspired a sand sculpture in Solstice.

3) Time to learn to ice skate
Just like everywhere else in the Underworld, to get to the Elysian Fields, you must cross a river, in this case the River Cocytus. But Cocytus is frozen, so the only way to get there is to skate across. Dress warming and try out your spins. And don’t worry. Odds are, since you are already dead, you won’t kill yourself.

Okay, Elysium is totally where I would want to spend my time in the Underworld. I’m all about the paradise aspect.

Thank you for reading!


About Solstice:
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.


 photo tricia_hoover_8575_face_crop_zps9bf4349d.jpgP. 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

Team Myth

18th Character Spotlight: Shayne @ JessaBella Reads
19th Solstice Depicted @ In Bed With Books
20th Solstice: The Publishing Journey Guest Blog @ Water Color Moods
21st Setting Spotlight: Elysian Fields @ Books Beside My Bed
22nd Solstice Excerpt @ Through the Looking Glass
23rd Character Spotlight: Melina @ Evie Bookish
24th Author Interview @ Cuts of Paper
25th Author Writing Process Guest Blog @ Best Books Ever
26th 5 Inspirations @ Ruby Reads
27th Setting Spotlight: Asphodel Meadows @ A Dream Within A Dream
28th 5 Favorite Myths @ Book Swoon
29th Character Spotlight: Tanni @ Leanna
30th Playlist @ Unofficial Book Addiction

Team Dystopia:

18th Character Spotlight: Piper @ Swoony Boys Podcast
19th Solstice Depicted @ Girls in the Stacks
20th Cover Changes Guest Blog @ Gobs & Gobs of Books
21st Setting Spotlight: Botanical Haven @ Books, Bones & Buffy
22nd Excerpt @ ReadingTeen
23rd Character Spotlight: Chloe @ Paperback Princess
24th Author T-Shirt Addiction Guest Blog @ Addicted Reader
25th The Character of Names @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
26th 5 Inspirations @ Readergirls
27th Setting Spotlight: The Drag @ The Bookish Daydreamer
28th 5 Favorite Dystopians @ Frellathon
29th Character Spotlight: Reese @ YA Midnight Reads
30th Playlist @ Reviewing Shelf



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