Friday, October 1, 2010

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Description: 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 for 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.

My Thoughts: The believable preface of the Army experiment on unborn fetuses sets the stage for the 17-year-olds meeting at Army camp to learn about themselves, each other, and the experiment--notes died with the scientist. The teens are quick to discover that not all those at the camp have the best interests of the teens or of science in mind. Shelley is looking forward to writing a sequel. I give this book a 4 stars.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds very interesting; I like the genetics aspect. Thanks for the review!