Series: Solid, #1
Author: Shelley Workinger
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Science Fiction
Publication Date: July 9, 2010
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Cover Rating: 3/5
Cover Comments: Quite simple, but I like the color and that one picture gives an idea of what the book is about.
This book is different and new, just like the kids in this book. When I first heard about the book, I thought of James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, one of my favorites. It's actually not that similar, other than the fact that the kids feel like "freaks" as compared to ordinary people. One hundred kids have been genetically altered by one mad scientist, but they don't know the exact effects. The military has taken hold of these kids and put them at a camp where they can study the 100 kids who have no idea something weird is going on inside them.
Eighteen-year old Clio feels like she always stands out from everybody. Her father died early and her mother, being an author, travels around all the time, so she moves around with her. She finally starts finding her own place at the military camp, where she meets Jack, Garrett, Bliss, and Miranda. They bond and work together to find out the reason they are at the camp and what the military wants. Their entire life has been shrouded in mystery and now they want some answers. They're even willing to break into secret files to get some.
You can relate to each character and they're fun, adventurous, and make jokes just like normal people. Unlike many recent YA books, this one does not center around romance, even though there are a few romantic moments. I love Clio's humor and snarky comments, and also the pop culture references used. Jack seems like an amazing guy and I'm really glad he and Clio are together. He's such a sweet, sweet person. At first I excepted the novel to be entirely about them discovering certain abilities and developing them, but really the book is just about their life at the camp. It seems like they're just a bunch of kids at a summer camp, not a military camp.
The ending sped by and completely surprised me. This book was fast-paced and an enjoyable read. It has definite potential and I'll love watching the characters grow and develop. I can't wait to get the next one, Settling!
"As per his nighttime routine, he checked the security panel to ensure that the system would alter him of an intrusions on the perimeter he'd set around the lab."
Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.