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Clio Kaid may be 17 and just beginning the last summer before her senior year, but her life is anything but typical.

She's just discovered she was genetically altered before birth and is now headed to a top-secret Army campus to explore the surprising results of the experiment.

Follow Clio and the other teens as they develop fantastic super-abilities, forge new friendships,
Paperback, 221 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Raquel Vega-Grieder
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Review Of Solid By Shelley Workinger

Solid (Solid Book 1) By Shelley Workinger
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1453624821
ISBN-13: 978-1453624821
Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)
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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
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Solid is a very intriguing novel. I was sucked right into it from the beginning. Getting to know Clio, Jack, Bliss, Melinda, Garrett was really interesting. Clio is the main character, but the other tie in closely with her and really make the friendship aspect of the book work well. The characters are well-done teenagers, they behave in typical teenager ways even with their extraordinary gifts.

The premise is set up very well, these kids have special abilities and they have been collected togethe
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I must say that I am a big fan of books about superheroes/people with special abilities. So when a bunch of gifted teens are placed in a school or training facility, with a strong female protagonist included as well as a love interest, that's an immediate thumbs up from me and a formula for an excellent story. I mean, how could you go wrong? Unfortunately you can, and many books do, as the fine line between believability and an imaginative yet gripping plot blur. The struggle is to make ...more
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
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Solid is the first book in the series by self published author Shelley Workinger.

This book see's a rouge doctor who experimented with a chromosomal drug and distributed it to a 100 pregnant women against their knowledge, eighteen years ago. When the doctor is suddenly killed, just after the children were born, its leave know-one with any knowledge - except the children themselves. When the military finally learns the truth, they have no choice but
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
A good story that had potential to be a great story. If only it had been more original...
The characters weren't exactly rip offs of any individual one from another book. Rather, mixes. That probably makes no sense what-so-ever but I find it true. The main character is Calliope who was somewhere between Kane Chronicle's Sadie and Champion's June while Jack was somewhere between Monster High's Jackson and something else that I can't put my finger on. This relationship between Clio (Calliope's cute
Dennis De Rose
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelley Workinger has a fantastic imagination. Just imagine the US military performing secret genetic experimentation on 100 unborn babies. That's what Shelley did."Solid" is a fast exciting read, well-written, a real page-turner. The book is easy to read with very easy-to-read type, bright white pages and nice clear printing.

Imagine a demented military doctor attempting to genetically enhance 100 children while in utero. Perhaps they will be able to hear better, see better, jump higher, seem t
Rating: 3.5 stars

Solid was a fun and engaging read that I devoured in one sitting.

Workinger writing had a really great flow making it an effortless read from start to finish. The plot had a familiar feeling yet it managed to still surprise me a couple of times. The first half of the book had great pacing but the second half felt a little rushed and I would have liked it to be a little more detailed. That being said it is only 220 pages so I think Workinger fitted in as much as she could in tha
Sierra Dobbie
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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 so
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review found at Confessions of a Bookaholic

Solid is a quick, fun read that grabbed me from the start. It's taken from the point-of-view of Callipoe (Clio), who is one of the hundred teens being sent to a special camp due to some experimentation they were subject to during their development. Their mothers were given a drug, unknowingly, in their prenatal vitamins by an Army doctor experimenting in secret. Now researchers are attempting to find out what, if any
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Shelley Workinger for sending me a copy of her book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

When a secret military experiment is unveiled, the military realizes that they'll need to figure out what happened all those years ago. The unborn children who were part of the experiment are all in their teens now, and some of them are starting to show some super-powerful abilities. Wit
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Solid is a story of friendship, mystery and adventure, complete with the work of a mad scientist. Heigl concocted a super-prenatal vitamin that would change the lives of one hundred kids. I was excited to read this book as it reminded me in some ways of X-Men and the Maximum Ride series. Solid has a unique plot and prologue that really pulls you in, giving you that 'I have to know more' feeling. The military base setting was fitting to the plot and worked very well as the adventure/mystery unfol ...more
A Book Vacation
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read—I loved every minute of it! I started reading this novel right before bedtime in order to get a feel for what the novel was about, and I ended up forgoing sleep in order to stay up and finish it. It was well worth the read, and well worth a sluggish day at the office due to lack of sleep—I couldn’t have put this novel down even if I had wanted to; it was just that good!

Normally, I don’t give background information about a novel, but as I feel like the synopsis doesn’t
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from Solid. On one hand, I hadn't heard anything about it or seen any reviews on the blogs I follow. On the other, the book had an intriguing premise that grabbed my attention right away. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed.

When reading young adult novels, I often tire of seeing the same plot repeated with only a few little tweaks to shake things up. Solid was one of the more original stories I've read. No werewolves or vampires here. Instead, the main cha
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it
First off, I have to thank
Shelley the book Fanactic" for giving me this book.

Now to my thoughts:
This book could have been so much more. It could have given more information, scientific backing, explanations, character developments, relationships, etc. There was such a good story in there, it just could have been much better.
Also, the book is just way to short, but likewise it is a superfast read, literally like 3 hours (tops). This book reminds me of another book, but I can't for the life of m
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The summary reminded me a little of X-men when I first read it and it made me want to read this book. I'm glad I did because it was a good story. Solid is the first book in this new 'Solid' series. Shelly Workinger introduces us to a group of high school students who where given a drug in utero to change their chromosomes and give them special abilities. I liked how Shelly Workinger explained the technical stuff in this book. She made it interesting instead of sounding like a textbook. The story ...more
Ang Call
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Genetically-altered teens brought to secret Army campus develop super-abilities, find love & uncover conspiracy. (Ridiculously simplified synopsis from Shelfari)

I saw that a lot of reviews were saying this book was "too short," "too quick," and didn't have enough description. Well, that's what made me want to read it the most. I have to admit that a lot of times when I'm reading, I start skimming over the descriptive parts to get back to the dialogue. As you can see, I even used the shortest des
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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**This is a review based on an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). The text might be different in the final print! and Note: May include spoilers.**

When I first read the blurb of this book, I thought it sounded kinda like the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, with you know, the mention of "genetics". And then, I thought it also sounds like a book I recently (a few weeks ago actually) read, Hush Money by Susan Bischoff. With the super abilities and
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This year, I discovered a little sub genre that I'm starting to like -- superhero fiction. I'm not sure if it really is a valid sub genre (I'm pretty sure it falls under science fiction), but I'm really, really liking reading stuff about superheroes or mutants. I'm pretty sure this stems from all the X-Men cartoons I watched when I was younger. I've only read two books that dealt with superheroes, or at least people with powers that didn't involve magic ( The
Amara Luciano
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Speed Review: Solid is a wonderful, fast-paced novel that had me flipping pages at a strangely quick speed. This novel is brimming with entertaining, loyal characters, a gripping, mysterious back story/plot, teens with superhuman abilities, and a satisfying ending that cleverly paves the way for a pine-worthy sequel. Find yourself attempting to unearth the secrets behind the puzzling C9x project said to alter the chromosomes of one hundred teenagers granted with abnormal skills and strengths, as ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG. WTF??? Note that I am singing my review to myself and I kinda want to go watch Crazy Stupid Love, so pardon me if this review is only semi-cohenrent as opposed to my usual mostly-coherent.

Okay, so basically Clio is this normal teen who--shocker!--finds out she has been genetically modified. So the government picks her up and puts her into this camp for testing and observations with like 100 other kids. It's not actually as bad as I just made it sound.

So then Clio meets these other people, a
Olivia McCloskey
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

I'm the first to admit that I can be very touchy when it comes to science fiction books - I either love them or absolutely detest them, and there seems to be no middle ground.  To compound matters further, plots revolving around genetically altered characters seem to be on the rise recently, so I was understandably apprehensive from the onset.  Surprisingly, Solid refuted many of the stereotypes that I generally associate with young adult sci-fi books, and it consequently immediately
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I started reading YA novels roughly about a year ago, because I wondered what all the hype about them was. What was it about them that made everyone go nuts over them, including adults like myself? My answer to that would be: Read Solid, and will know! Yes I loved this book that much!

What was it exactly about Solid that I love? Would you believe me if I said everything? No , seriously! Shelley has created a story that will have you reading all hours of the night, with fantastic characters that i
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very fast read that I was able to finish in a day, Solid by Shelley Workinger tells the story of Clio, a teenager struggling to become normal, only to discover she has been genetically altered way before her birth, without her family knowing it. Placed in a camp with other similarly-fated teens, she not just uncovers a big conspiracy, but also finds real, lasting friendship, and a sense of belongingness.

This story was very fast-paced, engaging , and precise. The narration is very straight to t
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally just put this one down and all I can think to say right now is WOW! Shelley Workinger is a genius and I didn't want this book to end! "Solid" is the perfect balance of humor, romance, mystery, and stealth all wrapped up in a well flowing and beautifully written young adult story.

Our main character, Clio, is a sarcastic fast talking and easy to relate to teenager. This girl is hilarious, the quips and remarks she makes to her fellow peers and to herself had me laughing with tears in m
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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As soon as I read the summary for Solid, I was fascinated. High school is already filled with ridiculously crazy drama. Add in superpowers and what do you get? A novel that's got great potential. I personally loved the whole idea of it, as it is so unique and fascinating. While in actuality not a whole lot happens in the novel, the way things are written and fold out are so interesting that you don't really notice at all!

The characters in this nove
Nov 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I am a HUGE fan of superhero/super powers So, I couldn’t believe my luck when the author sent me the book. I screamed in delight because I have been WAITING for a book that did not consist of vampires, werewolves or vampires and werewolves. I mean every third book is about vampires/werewolves and I wanted to read something different. Solid was different and it gets brownie points for that.

When I read the synopsis of the book I immediately thought of X-men and this was my biggest mistake. I shoul
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is from self published author Shelley Workinger and it is the first in a series.

I give this book a 3/5* because I feel that it could have been longer. But let me start with the good points.

The idea of the story I really liked. Kids that have special abilities because their chromosomes were messed with while they were still in their parents stomachs. And this was all done without the parents knowing about it.

I liked the characters. Clio, is the main character, and she is a witty and sar
Rida (Raindrop Reflections)
I was blown away by Solid. I was actually expecting Solid to be pretty good, and seeing all the praise around the book blogosphere helped my expectations, but it surpassed those, even.

I loved the writing in Solid; I loved the intricacy of American military described; I loved how the whole story felt as authentic as if I was reading a real-life account, and most of all, I loved the characters in Solid.

This book has a unique plot- I mean, how many genetically altered teenagers have you read abou
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Shelley Workinger's debut novel, Solid, is a fantastic read. I started the book knowing almost nothing about it and by the end I was shocked that there wasn't more buzz about it. It's not published by a big publisher but that is not because it isn't a fabulous book. I loved it.

Calliope (Clio) Kaid has never really fit in anywhere but she just assumed it was because she moved around a lot, not because she was genetically mutated. When the US government reveals the experiment that changed her gene
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The whole concept between Solid is one that l thought had a lot of potential and Shelley did a great job of writing it. Everything felt very thought out; the whole explanation behind what had happened to the teens, why and how was very smart and really added to the storyline and my belief in it.
The characters in this book were all unique and l enjoyed spending the time with them. I loved the friendship between all of them, although they did very quickly become friends and
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