Solid by Shelley Workinger asks: What if you discovered you were the product of a secret genetic experiment?
Solid is the first novel in a trilogy about a group of teens who do just that. Clio is informed that her mother unknowingly took a chromosome-altering drug while pregnant with her. The drug, C9x, resulted in mutations causing superhuman abilities – some of the teens can disappear, others excel in sports, more than normal kids. Clio and the other teens, all military kids, are sent to an isolated campus so they and the government researchers can learn more about their abilities. Clio makes friends for the first time in her life, experiences first love and discovers the military isn’t telling them everything.
The teens in this novel are very realistic – unsure of themselves, suspicious of adults, quick to use sarcasm as a defense mechanism. While the story is told from Clio’s point of view it’s easy to identify with the major characters. There’s the loner, the popular but friendly girl who is a bit naive, the womanizing jock with a heart of gold, and Clio’s love interest, who’s not really sure where he fits in.
This book would appeal to the Twilight crowd, but if you’re not into Twilight (I am not) don’t let that stop you from checking out Solid. It’s a quick, easy read that will leave you wondering what will happen next.
Shelley Workinger has agreed to send one signed copy of Solid and a bookmark to a lucky winner anywhere in the world. Leave a comment below and the winner will be announced November 10. This giveaway has ended.
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Nancy has no super powers but would love to snap her fingers and have the house clean itself. She writes about her 2 boys and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys.