Settling by Shelley Workinger

Title: Settling (Solid #2)
Author: Shelley Workinger
Publisher: Create Space
Publication Date: July 4, 2011
paperback, 242 pages
ISBN: 1-460-98172-3

SummaryAt the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids… 
Soon after learning they were the products of a secret genetic experiment, the teens began developing super-abilities ranging from bounding lightness to blocking heaviness; blinding brilliance and the ability to vanish. These same gifts made them targets of a psychopath in officer’s clothing, and they found themselves fighting for their lives. 
Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill. 
Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. If you missed my review of Solid you can check it out by clicking here. It was a no brainer to read the second book in the series, Settling by Shelley Workinger. This series is based on a bunch of kids who have special abilities. They didn't receive these abilities by some freak accident or some twist of nature, they received these abilities by a secret genetic experiment in utero. So secret that their parents aren't even aware of it. The kids are gathered in a campus like setting to live while the government tries to find out the answers to how this happened.
After everything that went down in Solid, the kids are still going strong. Clio, Jack, Alexis, Miranda, Garrett and Bliss are stronger than ever. As different as they all are they bonded over the near death experience. They've decided to stay on campus during the summer months. They all get jobs based on their 'talents'. Things seem to be going pretty good for the group then someone on campus get murdered. This throws the campus on high alert especially since they're no witnesses to the murder. Everyone is suspect including the students. 
This is a great second book to the series. I really enjoyed getting to 'know' the characters more. The story is told from Clio's point of view. She's still trying to figure out who she is. She craves isolation so she starts pushing everyone away. Clio realizes that things are changing with her and she makes all kinds of mistakes. Clio is a great character. I didn't get frustrated with her the way I do with other characters sometimes. Even though she made mistakes I thought they were plausible. Her character really starts to develop in this novel.  Shelley Workinger also introduces some new characters in the series, Xavier, Trudy, and Rae. They are all great additions to the story line. I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for them.
Overall I thought this is was a great second book to the series. It was fast paced with some action and teen angst. I thought the plot line was good. I was hooked from beginning to end. Speaking on the end, Shelley Workinger left us hanging. So I hope she's hard at work on the next book, Sound. I can't wait to see what happens next! If you haven't read Solid yet, get thee to a book store! 

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*I received this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review. I received no compensation.