"Part teen drama, part horror story... Readers will want to finish in one sitting." —Kirkus Reviews
A music fest goes wrong in Lorence Alison's comic YA thriller Solstice as selfie-mad concert-goers wake up to realize their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.
When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance with her parents’ law school dreams.
But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival is trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.
And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.
Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos—and she's in a prime position to put together the clues to who—or what—is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?
Check your privilege at the door—before it gets you killed. This is one vacation you can’t escape.
An Imprint Book
"Topical, tropical—and terrifying! A fast-paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat."
—Caleb Roehrig, author of Death Prefers Blondes
In this campy paranormal tale reminiscent of occurrences at 2017's ill-fated Fyre Festival, Alison takes aim at social media culture and privilege. Adri Sanchez, 18, has always followed her Peruvian parents' wishes, working hard at the family diner in Atlanta and taking on a dull legal internship for the summer. But she seizes the chance to have a little fun when she receives a ticket to Solstice Festival, "the music festival for the 1%," an exclusive event on a tropical island that costs around $10,000 to attend. When guests arrive on the Caribbean island of Myla, food and shelter prove scarce; communication with the outside world is impossible; and the luxury perks people paid so much for are nonexistent. Aspiring journalist Adri sets out to discover how one of the year's most hyped events could be such a disaster, only to stumble across a guest's corpse, uncovering a much deeper mystery. Her attempts to solve the murder lead her to an old Mylan myth, and then to a desperate, legend-laden struggle for survival with the other guests. Alongside social media feeds and media reports, Adri's narrative serves as the voice of reason and commentary amid creepy occurrences. Populated with spoiled, unsympathetic background characters and set against the local legends of an island culture, Alison's story has an uncomfortable edge, making for a tale that's at once earnest, lightly frightening, and filled with drama. Ages 14 up. \n