Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review: Solid

Solid by Shelley Workinger is a self-published novel about a teenage girl who was the subject of a military experiment. She and a hundred others are sent to a summer camp where the government can figure out what happened to them. The doctor who conducted the experiment did so without sharing much of anything.

Once there, they are sorted into groups, separated out by interests. There are the jocks, the art people, and everyone else. Clio and her friends know that there is more going on than what they've been told.

The story is fun, and the characters are interesting. (There were a couple of crush-worthy guys in this one!) I didn’t want to put it down. My only complaint was the climax scene. I was surprised by who the "bad guys" were, but... it was a bit anti-climactic. But still, I really enjoyed this one. Probably my favorite of all the self-published novels I've ever read. If you’re sick of the regular vamps and weres YA urban fantasy, check out Solid


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 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. 

As Clio comes into her remarkable ability, embraces new friendships and embarks on first love, she also can't shake the suspicion that the government has not been as forthcoming with their attentions as they claimed...

And don’t forget to get your pre-orders in for Settling, book two in the Solid trilogy! It comes out July 4th!


Sandy said...

Ooh this sounds really good and I haven't even heard of it before. The publishers really need to amp up the marketing, adding it to the TBR list now! This kind of reminds me of the book I posted about today, its very different but maybe you'll catch the similarity I'm seeing.

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Midnyte Reader said...

It's nice to hear a positive review from a self-published author. What an original premise!

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