Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Solid by Shelley Workinger

Title: Solid 
Series: Solid Series
Book #: One
Author: Shelley Workinger

Published: 2010
Source: Received for Review

Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except for the living, breathing, human products of his work.

Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed "open-book" military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes, its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air 'athletes'; 'indies' as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance.

While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems... (taken from
I wasn't sure what to expect from Solid. On one hand, I hadn't heard anything about it or seen any reviews on the blogs I follow. On the other, the book had an intriguing premise that grabbed my attention right away. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. 

When reading young adult novels, I often tire of seeing the same plot repeated with only a few little tweaks to shake things up. Solid was one of the more original stories I've read. No werewolves or vampires here. Instead, the main characters are average teenagers with some fascinating genetic mutations. These mutations give them unique powers, such as the ability to disappear or shine like a supernova. 

The story progresses quickly. It didn't take me long to bond with Clio or any of her friends. Clio's sarcasm and wit made her fun to read about, as did her friends' quirky personalities. I usually choose a favorite character in whatever book I'm reading, but I just couldn't decide on one in this story. 

When I finally finished the book, I wondered where the rest of the story was. It felt like the end of a chapter, not the end of the novel. I was excited to see that Workinger plans to release a sequel fairly soon. 

Overall, I'd say that Solid is a captivating science fiction novel. Not only are there superpowers and mysteries, but there's also a hint of teenage angst and romance. I'll definitely be looking into the sequel, Settling

*I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.