First, I am not a book reviewer or a book blogger.  However, I couldn’t resist providing a review of Solid by Shelley Workinger.

I first found out about Solid by reading a review of the book by Nina on her blog Brush Up On Your Reading.

When I read the synopsis of Solid, I could not help but notice the similarity between Shelley Workinger’s book and mine, Sue’s Fingerprint; genetically modified children brought to a military base for observation v. new people cloned from alien goo contained on an abandoned military base.

Synopsis of Solid from Amazon.com:

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…

 

Solid is a fast-paced read that captured and held my attention from the start.  The novel opens with Clio arriving at the base and moves quickly.  While she and her new friends discover about themselves, they discover the purpose of the camp and stumble upon a secret plot.

The story never breaks stride as it moves from the camp’s activities through Clio’s romance to the exciting conclusion.  Details of Clio’s and the others’ history are revealed during the action without uncomfortably pausing for monologues of memories or flash-backs.  The plot remains in the present, which I enjoyed.

I found the emotions of Clio to be believable, if not a little naive.  I also found the dialogue between the new friends to be realistic, but I thought the interations and reactions of the characters to be a little simple compared to what I expect of Juniors in high school.  Admittedly, I am a bit older (refer to my bio) and may have a more “seasoned” perspective than typical readers of this book.

I felt like the story could have benefitted from more details and suspense, but this might be because the story held my attention so well that I wanted more.

I look forward to the next book in the series, Settling.

Being a scientist, I had to create my own rating system; 0-100 degrees on the Celsius scale.  0 degrees C = frozen (fridgidly boring)100 degrees C = boiling (red hot awesome!)

Solid is 95 degrees C.

Buy it and read it!  You’ll enjoy it!

Also try Sue’s Fingerprint for a comparable novel.