Publish Date: July 9, 2010
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except the living, breathing, human products of his work.
Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed “open-book” military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes - its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air ‘athletes’; ‘indies’ as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance.
While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems…
Review: Solid is a great novel - the first in a series and a debut for the author - about a group of kids who are anything but ordinary. Part sci-fi, part romance, and part action/adventure, Solid really packs a punch! The characters are really great and you get so much out of their relationships and interactions - these are not boring 2-D characters. The "superpowers" aren't the focus of this story, which I liked, yet there was still enough to give you a good background into what happened to the kids. Very original and kind of creepy in the fact that this could happen...
Please pick up Solid and find a new kind of story!
Solid series: Solid (1), Settling (2), Sound (3)