Solid by Shelly Workinger
Author: Shelly Workinger
Publication Date: July 9, 2010
Paperback, 230 pages
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.
The summary reminded me a little of X-men when I first read it and it made me want to read this book. I'm glad I did because it was a good story. Solid is the first book in this new 'Solid' series. Shelly Workinger introduces us to a group of high school students who where given a drug in utero to change their chromosomes and give them special abilities. I liked how Shelly Workinger explained the technical stuff in this book. She made it interesting instead of sounding like a textbook. The story line is very entertaining with a cast of quirky, loveable and memorable characters. There is also comic relief as well as romance. I liked the chemistry and the interaction between the characters. If I could change one thing about the story, I would have played up the suspense a little more and drawn out the story a little longer. If you like the X-men or Heroes, I think you will like this book. As I mentioned before this is the first book in the Solid Series. I will definitely be checking out the next book. I am very interested to see what direction Shelly Workinger is going to take this series.
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