December 10, 2011

Settling by Shelley Workinger

Release Date: July 4, 2011
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 242
Series: Solid
Review Source: eBook from author for review

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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…

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…

My Thoughts:
Just wasn’t as entranced by this one as the first book. Clio’s thoughts were all over the place, and therefore the narrative seemed to jump from one plot line to another. I still really like the concept of the series and even the characters, but this 2nd book failed to keep my whole attention at times. I wanted there to be more scenes with Jack, and I also wondered what Clio’s motivations were for some of the decisions she made. Often she recognized her mistakes, which is great, but I still found myself wishing to read about a heroine who jumped to action and confronted situations head on instead of moping in her room and feeling sorry for herself.

This is a quick read with an interesting basis, but it failed to live up to its full potential, I think. What could have been a great continuance to Book 1 almost ended up being a repeat of Book 1. I didn’t feel like we got ahead at all plot-wise. That being said, I still find myself fascinated with these characters and the concept for the series. I love the whole “mutant” plot-line, so I’d really love to see more exploration about the teens’ abilities and what it means for their future. I didn’t find this to be the strongest book, but it still made me want to see where the next book will takes the series, which I think shows its overall worth.

The Cover:
I like the idea behind it, but I wish you could see the silhouettes better.


Find Settling by Shelley Workinger on Goodreads & Amazon.


  1. Haven't come across this series before now, but bummer to hear that the second book doesn't hold up to the first. I might hold back on reading these until the third books comes out and see what the overall impression of the series is at that point.

    Thanks for the honest review!


  2. I didn't notice the silhouettes until you mentioned it. Sounds like this was just okay for you. Thanks for your honesty.


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