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Review: SOLID by Shelley Workinger

Posted by on December 4, 2010
Solid (Solid, #1) 
Shelley Workinger
221 pages
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: July 9th, 2010
Source: ARC from Author
Rating: LIKED

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, and find love as they search for answers..

Clio Kade is a C9x-altered superhuman. But she never knew about it. Not until, she was sent, or brought, along with 99 other teens, to a state-of-the-art facility, where the military wants to find out exactly how C9x altered the teens. But maybe the military isn’t telling the truth, maybe they already knew about the C9x experiment when it happened nearly 20 years ago. You have to read it yourself to find out ;)

Shelley Workinger wrote a pretty interesting book. Especially noteworthy to me, would be the way Workinger expertly blended contemporary YA with supernatural YA. Though the book talks about super-powers and superhumans, most of the story is normal and readers find themselves (through Clio) making new friends, enemies, and trying to learn and figure things out.

One thing you should know: Solid isn’t a very fast-paced novel. Not until the end (about the last 25 pages), was I “dying” to turn to the next page, but at the same time, I didn’t feel like putting the book down and reading something else. The plot is interesting, combining superpowers with the military is perfect science fiction for me :D And I love science fiction, though I haven’t found many interesting titles in YA, or maybe I just haven’t noticed…

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  1. This sounds a lot like THE SEVEN by Sean Patrick Little which I read last year, which also had military-bred superpowers. It's a really interesting idea for me – what would you feel like if you found out someone had altered you before you were born? I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of it, too, with genetic engineering coming into its own as a science. Sorry to get all technical on you, but that's what this post made me think of. =)

    I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for the review!

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