Friday, July 1, 2011
by Shelley Workinger
Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they develop "super-abilities", while at the same time forging new friendships, finding love and unearthing a conspiracy. (description from Amazon.com)
Clio finds out that she was part of a genetic experiment, but no one really knows what effect the manipulation may have had on all the teens in the group. She, and a bunch of other similarly afftected teens come together to figure things out. Clio, who has moved around a lot because of her mom's job, has never really made any lifelong friends.
Things change when she arrives at the "camp." Clio meets Bliss, a girl who she immediately clicks with, a fun loving semi-pervy guy named Garrett, a sometimes cranky, slightly OCD girl named Miranda, and a guy...oh, yes, a hot, smart, and sweet guy named Jack. Clio, a fountain of awesome snarkiness, occasionally loses her ability to speak around Jack, but still manages to be the glue that holds the whole group together...even when the proverbial sh*t hits the fan.
As Clio and Miranda learn they can disappear, Bliss finds she can turn herself into a human sparkler, and Garrett is an amazing athlete/superhero/gymnist, only Jack seems to lack a special talent. The more the teens figure out, though, the more they realize that there is someone out there who seems to know just a little more than they do... The teens band together to investigate and discover that not only do they make a great team, one that can really rely on each other, but that when all's said and done they have no desire to lose their newfound group.
This was a super-fast and fun read. I loved Clio's voice. I loved the group dynamic and watching Clio draw the others into her circle. The teens all played really well off of each other and Clio always felt amazingly real to me. She's a girl I would love to hang out with. It was also really cool to see their powers develop, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book, now that they know what they can do...
Book two, Settling, actually comes out on this Monday, July 4th and I cannot wait to get it. I read a little preview and it is slightly more steamy and totally intriguing.
If you want to learn more, you can go to the Solid series Facebook page, here. I suggest you check it out!
Full disclosure: Review copy received from author.