Publish Date: July 4, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: It the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…
Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.
Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…
Review: Settling does pick up where Solid left off with the 'school' still open and the kids are now working on different projects. Clio is working with the administration to create a curriculum, Jack is working in security, etc. There are obligations and circumstances which are contributing to the friends drifting apart. The kids are evolving into their own people - growing up - while Clio may be becoming something more. Add into all of this...a murder is on the loose and may, in fact, be one of the people Clio knows best. A good mystery and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, Settling is a good follow-up to Solid.
I really wanted to give this a 4/5 rating, but while I enjoyed the plot I wasn't too keen on the disconnect I felt to the characters this time around. Perhaps it is intentional, to showcase the isolation and loneliness of the transition into adulthood for some. After I was finished the book, I now have to know what happens in the next book. I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the unfinished issues are resolved.
Solid Series: Solid (1), Settling (2), Sound (2)