Monday, May 23, 2011

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Solid by Shelley Workinger
Release Date: July 9, 2010
Publisher:  CreateSpace (self-published)

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. – Goodreads.com

Let me start out by saying I don’t typically read this type of story, as I’ve never been a big follower of what I would term a more sci-fi-ish type of book.  However, the summaries for Solid that I had read on various book sites had really intrigued me and I’ve had it on my “to be read” list for a few months now.  I was privileged enough to read an ebook copy of the story for review, and then I have since purchased a copy, if that tells you anything.

Unlike others, I really did love the cover.  It must be the “blue” thing again.  If a cover has blue in it, I seem to really be drawn to it.  I loved the cover and thought it was beautiful.  Kudos to whoever designed this pretty cover for Ms. Workinger.

As far as the story goes, I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons between Solid and the Heroes tv series.  I just kept thinking about genetically altered or mutated people with unusual powers and I could clearly  see Solid’s characters fitting right into the Heroes show, which I loved.

The characters were interesting, quirky, and fun to read.  Especially Clio.  She had a sarcastic humor that kept the dialogue snappy and entertaining.  As did the character of Garrett.  I found myself laughing aloud often at some of his pronouncements, and I could clearly see this guy and picture him perfectly in my head.  He was so like so many guys my teenage daughter has brought home that he really leaped off the page for me.

The story built up fairly quickly and although I suspected from the beginning that things weren’t exactly as they seemed with this project, I was truly surprised by who some of the bad guys turned out to be.  My head had been leaning in other directions, and I love it when a book can surprise me like that.  As an avid reader whose read just about everything, it is sometimes too easy for me to figure out “whodunit,” so when I can find a book that I can’t figure out that quickly, I’m always really pleased.

The story ended on a note that tied up the immediate threads, while still making it clear that there would definitely be a sequel.  I do wish the book had been a little bit longer.  The story seemed to come to a close a bit fast, and I had wanted it to go on a bit more, but that’s the nature of a series.  Shelley Workinger did a great job introducing her characters and setting up their “world” for the next book to take place.  Her pacing was fast, and her writing was very engaging.  The writing was fun, interesting, suspenseful and kept me entertained.  I love getting the opportunity to discover a great new talent in books, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Clio and her friends in book two, Settling, due out on July 4. 

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