Review: Solid by Shelley Workinger

Author: Shelley Workinger
Series: Solid, #1
Summary: 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, and find love as they search for answers.

*a copy was provided by the author for review purposes*


When Shelley asked me to review her book, I read the premise and instantly said yes. Secret lab experiments? Genetic alterations? Super-human abilities? Yes please. It sounded like a promising premise for a good book. And what I discovered in reading Solid is that it is indeed a good book!

Clio Kaid just found out that she was genetically altered before birth along with ninety-nine other kids, all the same age as her. And all of these kids are the children of military members. So when the military found out about the rogue experiment, they called all one hundred of them to an army base in New Jersey. This is how Clio finds herself among the other confused and excited teens who all soon discover that the military is just as clueless about everything as they are on how they were altered, why, or what the alterations actually changed in them. And that is why they will be staying on the base, so that they can together uncover the answers.

The book moved rather slowly in the beginning, covering only a few days throughout most of the book and covering each day in entirety. Even so, it wasn't very descriptive. She seemed to breeze through where I would've liked more information. And where I would've liked to have seen more depth in the interactions between each of the characters, especially the ones that Clio called friends, I mostly saw what I would consider to be shallow. It wasn't until the nearing of the end that things began to speed up: the action started, a romance brewed, background information was shared, answers were gained, and the group began to fight for something, sharing in more than just light words. 

With that being said, I found the sarcastic humor to be quite entertaining, along with the references to a few of my favorites, one being Harry Potter:
Lieutenant Graham had explained to me on the plane up here to Jersey from New Orleans this morning that, instead of checking into our rooms first like at a hotel, we'd each meet with a staff member to be "sorted out." Ha, bring on the singing hat, right? - excerpt from Solid
 I also enjoyed the cute banter between Clio and her love interest Jack. Their relationship was probably my favorite part of the book up until the very end. The book finished gracefully with no cliffhangers, but with all the ends tied up as much as they can be for a series book and I found that to be quite refreshing. The ending touched on a little bit about the past and just how much it haunted the present and promised us more excitement in the books to come. Not to mention, the excerpt from the next installment at the end had me reeling and now I'm dying to find out more.

I rate this book:

The Solid Series

Sound by Shelley Workinger will be released on November 1, 2012!