Solid (Solid #1) by Shelley Workinger

27 May

Solid (Solid, #1)

Solid (Solid #1)

by Shelley Workinger 

Paperback, 221 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Createspace
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.

Clio (Calliope Kaid) is a teen with a small difference that she’s never known about, but she’s always been a bit out-of-place. It could have been the traveling, when your mother is a best-selling author, you’re on the road a bit, seldom at home long enough to cultivate lasting friendships. She’s never really known her father, an accident took his life during her infancy. Or it could be what happened more than eighteen years before… while her mother was pregnant and under the care of a rogue doctor with his own agenda.
Now, Clio is an eighteen year old girl, ready to start the next year of her life when her mother is contact by the Army. It seems Dr. Heigl, her obstetrician all those years ago, was prescribing more than prenatal vitamins. When Clio is asked to take part in an Army conducted camp to see the effects on Dr. Heigl’s “children”, she decides it may not be a bad way to spend part of her summer, as far as she knows, there’s nothing different about her than any other teen.Clio’s and her co-conspirators start in their own investigation of the circumstances of their creation when the Army answers don’t add up, when they seems to have trouble contacting the outside world. Jack, affable lovable wanna be boyfriend, Garrett, super jock, Bliss, whimsically wise almost sister, Melinda, tigress in the making, and late comer to the group, Alexis, orphaned goth-like teen techie ready for any challenge, take on the Army only way they can, sneaking out to gather evidence.It would seem that Clio and all her new-found friends all have special abilities, dealing with the solidity of their existence. All are different, but because of Dr. Heigl’s mad experiments, all are the same. Janet, Clio’s wanna be mentor and friend, isn’t all she appears to be, is Colonel Clark, who seems to know all about Clio, all he says too? This tight group of friends need to find the answers to their questions and they need to do it quickly.

Solid by Shelley Workinger is a YA fantasy that grabs the reader’s attention on the very first page, and holds it until the end. It’s a quick little page turner that I had trouble putting down. Clio is a likable character who seems pretty confident, who seems pleased with her life for the most part, she’s just a little out of step. In the book, Solid, the teens are divided into basically three categories: the jocks, the teens that repel others (the goth-like group, always a little angry), and the group who can influence their solidity with their very thoughts. Clio belongs to the last group, but her friends are a mixed bag of her group as well as the other groups, there’s so distinct lines of belonging to only one group or the other, which I very much liked about the book. Jack, her wanna be boyfriend, doesn’t belong to any group or maybe he belongs to them all, but he’s likable and fun, and maybe in the next book, he’ll play a bigger role or maybe not (I’ve read the Prologue for the Book Two, Settling…. see the bottom of the post). The teens in the story all find out the Dr. Heigl, obstetrician, was doing rogue experiments, developed drugs to try out on his patients who he went to great lengths to pick out for his experiments, traveling to different Army bases around the US. But, he’s killed before the experiment can reach it’s completion, and the Army claims to have just found out about what he’d been doing to his pregnant patients. But, would the Army really tell all if they did know? People have been disappeared, killed, maybe something more is going on there too.

Solid is an attention grabbing story, that YA and adult audience will enjoy, it’s a fun little tale of what can happen with a rogue slightly mad scientist does his own thing with or without permission. And the experiment so far doesn’t have any really bad effects yet, all the teens are nice looking, some seem to have adjust issues just like life, but we’re just entering Shelley Workinger’s world, so who knows what the future holds. The ending is good as well, I knew something was up with the bad dude, but never saw the ending coming, and one of the students close to Clio’s group is involved too, that kind of surprised me. I’ve read many YA books, it’s one of my favorite genres, and I’m adding Shelley’s books to my list. I don’t read many self-pub books or indie books (I know, I need to expand my horizons), and I’m surprised this wasn’t pick up by one of the small publishing houses, it’s definitely a good read with well-developed characters, and the world building was pretty good too, there are lots going on for quick read. If you enjoy a quick fun/mad scientist/Army secrets/fantasy YA read, pick this one up. I very much enjoyed this quick read, and I’ll be looking forward to the rest of the series!


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