Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Settling (Solid #2) by Shelley Workinger

Settling (Solid #2)Title: Settling
Author: Shelley Workinger
Series: 2nd in Solid Series
Pages: 242
Published: Available July 4 by CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781460981726
Source: Author sent for honest review

Description: At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…Soon after learning they were the products of a secret genetic experiment, the teens began developing super-abilities ranging from bounding lightness to blocking heaviness; blinding brilliance and the ability to vanish. These same gifts made them targets of a psychopath in officer’s clothing, and they found themselves fighting for their lives. Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill. Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more secrets will come out as the teens race to stop the killer before he sets his sights on one of them…

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I really enjoyed the first in this series, so was more than happy to participate in a blog tour arranged by the author.  

I was a little surprised by Clio during the course of this book.  It was almost like she became the queen bee in the first one and then left alone during this one, or so she thinks.  In the effort to make the "camp" become a functioning permanent place for them to live, they've all been given "jobs" in their area of expertise.  Jack works in security, Miranda works on the social calendar, etc.  Clio is basically working on the academic accepts, which means she spends a lot of time alone.  I'm not sure if it was her own doing or just the way it's played out, but Clio begins to feel left out.  And she starts to have secrets.  Her friends start to turn from her which of course causes a lot of drama and hurt feelings.  I thought in the end the Clio's friends were really hard on her, but I think it's because they expect more from her.

I liked the course of action during the story.  Of course the camp isn't safe yet.  There's a lot of mixed feeling as to what should be done with these "super" genetically altered kids.  And not everybody has pleasant thoughts of that.  There's someone on campus who seems to want to put an end to what they are trying to set up.  When the truth is exposed, someone gets hurt and a lot of blame falls on Clio.  I'm not sure she deserved it, and I'll be curious to how it all plays out in the next book.

One of my favorite parts was the new theory on how blood type might effect how the special powers are played out.  Especially when it comes to Jack and Clio because they seem to be unique cases.  I wasn't surprised at what Clio might actually be capable of, but it never dawned on me about Jack.

Overall I really enjoyed Settling, just not quite as much as Solid.  I am really looking forward to the next in the series!


  1. This book being book 2 in the series, do you think it can be read on it's own without confusing the reader or it has to be read according to reading order?

  2. Cherry - You could probably read this one without reading the first. But, there's a lot that happens in the first that helps you better understand the kids and their powers. Plus, it explains how the genetic mutation happened in the first place.

    Shelley is running a special on her website that if you buy Settling in July, you get a free ebook of Solid. See under giveaways at if you would like more info!


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