Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.My Thoughts: Now this was some good writing. I don't know if I can articulate this like I want to but I'm going to give it a try. I've come across a few YA books recently where the writing itself is geared toward a younger audience, not just the plot. I'm talking about a massive use of repetition, simple sentences, etc. I never had that feeling with this book. I never felt that Shelley Workinger was talking down to her reading audience, whether they're teens or adults. It was a pretty refreshing feeling. Like taking a cold shower on a hot day. Or something.
Beyond the writing, the characters were interesting and they played out realistically. The idea itself was engaging (yes, it's true that I'm a sucker for mad scientists and their mad experiments) and the romance that blossomed between two of the main characters was sweet.
I liked that the conspiracy storyline was tied up but the future of what the teens will do next was very much left up in the air. All in all, it was a very satisfying read, one that left me eyeing the calendar to see how long I have to wait until book 2.
Settling, book 2 in the Solid series, comes out July 4, 2011.
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Solid was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.