Friday, January 7, 2011


SolidAuthor: Shelley Workinger
ISBN: 978-1453624821
Publisher: CreateSpace
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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...

I stepped slightly out of my comfort zone with this novel and boy am I glad I did! The novel is easy to read with a great storyline that is easy to follow. Considering the scientific aspects of this book, this is a great quality for the book to boast. The characters are relatable on many ways; their relationships are natural and not forced. It makes sense for them to form as a group. Their different personalities work well together. The novel works up to a satisfying ending that ties enough questions together to leave the reader happy while leaving key aspects open for the next novel in this series entitled “Settling”. I anticipate the release of Settling and look forward to continuing Clio’s Story.

I would recommend this YA novel to readers looking for an exciting, fast paced read. The novel brings intrigue and suspense along with mystery, science and romance. None of these aspects overtake the others making it a well rounded, easy to enjoy book that has something for nearly everyone. If you stretch the idea a little it even has a slight paranormal feel due to the altered chromosomes and superhuman capabilities. I enjoyed the authors writing style and felt the novel was fairly original considering I haven’t read much science fiction to judge it as less or more than that.

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