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Monday, July 4, 2011

Review and GIVEAWAY: Solid

What Book Is That Giveaway Carnival!

Title: Solid
Author: Shelley Workinger
Page Count: 204 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: self-published
Genre: young adult, sci-fi/fantasy
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review

Synopsis: Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they develop "super-abilities", while at the same time forging new friendships, finding love and unearthing a conspiracy.
First off, happy Fourth of July for those of you celebrating!  Second, happy release day to Shelley Workinger, today's featured indie author!  Her second book in the Solid series, Settling, is out today, and I'm super happy to be bringing you my review of the first book in the series, Solid.

Tell the truth- who doesn't love a good super hero story? I definitely do, and Solid has the benefit of a good narrator as well. Calliope (but don't ever call her that) is witty, snarky enough to be funny without being a snot, and one smart cookie.  The dialogue between her and the other characters was one of my favorite parts of the story.

The story features some tried and true elements of a fun YA story- a crush burning brighter than the fury of a thousand white hot suns, anxiety about fitting in or at the very least, not standing out for any bad reasons, finding one's identity, and figuring out what kind of person is really a "good" one.

The drama is playing out against the backdrop of a special camp for young adults whose mothers were part of a secret experiment while they were pregnant. The whole thing was so secret that not even the women knew about it, and since established institutions like the Department of Defense can't have people running around doing whatever they like with human subjects, plans are made, supposedly, to figure out what the purpose may have been for the experiments and if the subjects need any additional medical help or support as a result.

Sounds pretty innocent, right? All is not well at Camp Sorryaboutthat, though (I made up the name myself) and Calliope and her friends decide they need to investigate. What they find out is disturbing, to say the least, as nobody likes to be lied to, and all the charitable motives that are behind their current situation go right out the window when they realize that the unfortunate incident of the mystery experiment wasn't as sudden or unexpected as they'd been led to believe.

There are lessons embedded within the story- trust your instincts, believe in yourself, etc. but my favorite one had to do with Alexis. Everyone (our intrepid narrator included) judges her harshly and writes her off, and it turns out that she's incredibly knowledgeable, not any of the horrible things they thought, and has a lot of information and skills that will help them figure out just what the heck is going on.

There's plenty of set up for the next book in the series, and the story was just long enough to get the party started.  At the end of the book I cared about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them. Sign me up for book two!

Shelley Workinger has graciously offered up a SIGNED PRINT COPY of Solid to one lucky winner! To enter, fill out the form below. After that, don't forget to leave a comment on this post for an added entry in the gift card giveaway!
Tomorrow's featured indie book:
Last Exit In New Jersey

Last Exit in New Jersey by C.E. Grundler
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