Author: Shelley Workinger
Published: July 9th 2011
Rating: 2.5 - 3 Birds
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.
This book had a fantastic concept I was really looking forward to reading. Genetically altered kids with “super abilities” band together to figure out what the Army wants with them. Definitely a new and interesting premise.
The book starts off with the kids at the Army base where they will be monitored for a few weeks so the government can better help them understand what they are. To be honest, it’s very slow paced. It wasn’t until just over half way through the book anything really happens that caught my attention enough to really spark my interest. In the beginning your just following Cleo through day to day life, friends, eating, a boy….nothing huge, nothing noteworthy really and the things that should be noteworthy are grossly underplayed. (i.e: super powers)
Once stuff starts to pick up, it does so in quite an anti-climatic manner. For instance one thing that I felt was missing was when the kids decide to figure out what's going on for themselves, and they have to break into an office to do so, the girls use their powers for the first time out side of “group”. This to me should have been HUGE filled with suspense, would they make it out, they should have even had a few obstacles in their way to do it…, and instead it just skipped completely over any info about them using their power and jumped right to them meeting up with their friends. I felt cheated a bit. It all seemed, too easy? You know?
Also, when talking with and locating the Colonel, instead of him showing any resistance to discussing classified info with kids he just met weeks before, he openly dishes with no cause for worry. Again it all just appeared much too easy, and therefore took the suspense out of it. A book like this needed some more suspense, instead it just felt simple.
I am really bummed that I didn’t get into this more, and that there felt to be a lot missing in it. I have read several good reviews on the book through Good Reads but I just couldn't, as hard as I tried, see the things in it that they did. Possibly book 2 in the Solid series, which is out now, will be better for me? Solid is getting 2.5 Birds because it was alright, the concept is great and I hope that the suspense picks up more through book two.