Published by: CreateSpace
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… (Description from www.solidnovel.com)
After being sent away to a secluded camp run my the military and cut off from the outside world - reminds me of basic training all over again - I would feel a great deal of anxiety compared to the mild reaction of Clio's feelings. I can understand how being settled in and having a routine can be relaxing in a new and strange place, but under the circumstances it just wasn't believable for me through Clio's perspective. I felt the same way about the rest of the students' reactions to realizing they have powers, specifically Clio. She wasn't shocked, concerned, happy, sad or...anything really when it was confirmed that she was "different". Everyone instead just went with it but in a very subdued manner.
Where's the excitement in all of this? I kept asking this question throughout the book. It seemed like all of the would-be-excitement was held back to be used at the end for the "big reveal", which was way to easily done. The whole scene felt rushed, unorganized, and bland. None of it felt convincing for the climax.
All in all I thoroughly loved the idea of this book. The plot had serious potential to me, but it did not feel like Solid stepped up to the plate for the role.