Sunday, October 21, 2012

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Genre:  YA Paranormal Fantasy
Solid Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Shelley Workinger's website):
Clio Kaid may be 17 and just beginning the last summer before her senior year, but her life is anything but typical.

She's just discovered she was genetically altered before birth and is now headed to a top-secret Army campus to explore the surprising results of the experiment.

Follow Clio and the other teens as they develop fantastic super-abilities, forge new friendships, find love, and uncover a conspiracy along the way.

We meet Clio, a genetically-altered teen, who attends a camp along with other genetically-altered teens to try to gain some answers about what alterations occurred to them.  Along the way, she meets Jack the heartthrob, Bliss the awesome best friend every one wants, Garrett the jock, and Miranda the queen bee.  While at this camp, they begin to uncover plots against them and work to unravel them.

So what did I enjoy about this book?  I enjoyed the mini references to current day pop culture and the friendships gained in the story.  It kind of feels like living teenager-dom all over again, but with an added bonus of having a super power.  What did I not like?  Well, I felt like there wasn't enough science-y stuff.  The DNA chromosome on the cover made me expect a really intellectual reason towards the super powers, but I never saw it.  And the plot seemed simple, or the book was just getting started when it ended.  It feels like the book set the scene, and now it's ready to continue with the second.

My suggestion?  Grab this book along with the second, Settling, and read them together.  I'm guessing that you might be a little more satisfied seeing more of the story.  Or, you can grab all three after November 1 when Sound is published.  I'm curious to see more of the story.

Thanks goes to Shelley Workinger for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the honest review. The DNA cover caught my eye because it seemed to be about.. science. I imagined it will be a book with some new story about current and never before heard theories about genetic engineering but I must say I let my mind get ahead of me.


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