Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Publisher: Create Space
Age: Young Adult
Species: Human/ Modified Human
Rating: 4/5
Interest: Genetic modification/conspiracy/teen/200 in 2011
Source: Ebook from Author

Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy. (Summary from goodreads.com)

Solid was a difficult novel for me to place. I liked the story and the writing was good, but there was always something holding me back from really loving it. Solid is a great book, for an independently published novel. However, that frustrates me. I feel with a little more editing and waiting for the right time for the book, Solid could have been picked up by one of the bigger publishers. That statement does not mean Workinger didn't write a great book, she did, it just felt like it needed more time to be worked on.

Having said all of that, I still enjoyed most of the story. Calliope "Clio" Kaid was a strong and adventurous heroine. I wish she had started questioning all of their placements in the military camp earlier. However, as all of the kids have/had military personnel as parents, it's easy to understand their automatic trust of authority. If I were in the same situation, I probably wouldn't have realized anything was wrong until way too late.

The other characters also provided a lot of entertainment for me. Bliss was a sweet down home country girl, who was possibly too shy for her own good. She endeared herself to me with all of her kindness towards others. There are too few really nice people left in the world. Garrett was a great source of entertainment and fun. Most of his lines either had me rolling my eyes at the cheesiness or laughing at the impropriety. Miranda... was not what I expected. I liked her in some parts and wasn't too thrilled with her at others. Alexis, I wanted to be in there more. She was so interesting to me and full of potential character development. I wanted to know more about her.

Jack, the love interest, was a great guy. I appreciated the "solidness" of him, as someone Clio could rely on. However, I felt like he needed either a little more back story or a bit more character development. He was the perfect guy and that's wonderful, but I wanted to know if there was any more to him than perfection. There were 2 times I was really struck by something that telegraphed his personality. Once, when he juggled in the cafeteria and when he put on a special light show for Clio. Those were the parts of Jack I wanted to see more of.

The plot moved a little slower than I'd have liked. So much about the base, the experiment and the people had to be explained that it overshadowed all of the action. Clio and crew would do something exciting and then there would be a couple of pages of explanations about what they did. I appreciated having everything explained so I could more easily follow the story, I just wanted it condensed. That way there could be an even mix of information and adventures.

Even though it seems like I didn't. I honestly enjoyed this book. The conspiracy was close enough to home to actually happen one day. Everyone's motives were solid, not sugar-coated and the characters were all very likeable. Solid is a good debut novel and Settling, the sequel will probably be even better. Plus, a deal is going on now. If you purchase Settling in July you send a copy of your receipt into solidnovel.com to get a free ebook of Solid. Pick up your copy today!

Teaser Lines: "High school and teenage life were tricky enough to navigate without looking for some random deformity in me to make things even harder"

Series Order:
1. Solid
2. Settling (Being released July 4th 2011)
3. Sound (Summer 2012)

Happy Reading,

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