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{June 27, 2011}   Solid by Shelley Workinger

From Goodreads: 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.


This was a fantastic read—I loved every minute of it!  I started reading this novel right before bedtime in order to get a feel for what the novel was about, and I ended up forgoing sleep in order to stay up and finish it.  It was well worth the read, and well worth a sluggish day at the office due to lack of sleep—I couldn’t have put this novel down even if I had wanted to; it was just that good! 

Normally, I don’t give background information about a novel, but as I feel like the synopsis doesn’t do it justice, I think just this once will be okay:  Eighteen years ago a military doctor, greedy for world fame, created chromosomal drugs that he then prescribed to 100 pregnant military wives through prenatal vitamins, unbeknownst to them.  His goal was to alter the G9 chromosome in the unborn children and create a superior race of superhumans, capable of immense strength, invisibility, and even the power to create force fields.  Then, he died, and all knowledge of his experiments died with him… until recently.  Clio, along with 100 other young adults have just been invited to a top-secret camplike facility in NY to study their mutations… and this is where our story begins.

I love superhuman novels, and Solid did not disappoint.  This was a quick, enticing read, and while I was reminded a little of Heroes and X-men, Solid takes on a life of its own and sets itself apart from any other novel I’ve ever read (or movie, or TV show, I’ve ever seen).  I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters and Clio is my absolute favorite—she’s a lot like me, so the connection was instantaneous, save the superhuman powers, I sadly don’t have any of those. 

While I feel like there wasn’t much action in the novel, and the characters didn’t really utilize their powers very often (they’re still figuring them out), Workinger’s beautiful storytelling captivates the reader and everything else becomes obsolete.  Just reading the prose itself will mesmerize the reader, no small feat for an author!  I am extremely excited about the sequel, Settling, which comes out July 4!  I highly recommend reading this novel, and then picking up the sequel!  Five stars!   

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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