Release Date: July 9, 2010
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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 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…
Being the new kid in school isn't as hard as it usually is for Clio since everybody is new. The reason 100 teenagers have all been brought to a compound in the woods run by the US Military is because of C9x – an unknown drug that was administered secretly to pregnant women. The doctor that was conducting this experiments was killed – leaving the effects of the drug unknown. The military claims to have just found out about C9x and are trying to learn the truth about the effects. They're pulling out all the stops to make everybody as comfortable as possible. Clio and her friends are starting to becomes suspicious and feel like they're being kept in the dark after overhearing a suspicious conversation. Since nobody is giving them any answers, they start investigating on their own.
Solid was a quick, intriguing read with great characters. Clio is a very friendly and relatable character, who I liked from the beginning. She becomes fast friends with Bliss (shy and kind), Miranda (the mean girl you kinda like), Garrett (the funny jock) and Jack (adorable and smart).
It's different from anything I've read before which is very refreshing – made me think YA version of X-Men, but more focus on everything going on around them then their powers. I'm usually not drawn to science fiction, but I enjoyed this with it's mystery, suspense and budding romance.