Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Settling by Shelley Workinger

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…

First line:  “Why rush? I reminded myself, purposely slowing my steps toward the dining hall”

Wooooow. I completely love this series. No joke. I love it’s sense of relatibility. The believable paranormal aspect. Strong characters with great relationships. I love it all.

I love that I can somewhat relate. While the characters have this crazy chromosome defect, they still deal with real teen issues. What I really like is Clio’s attention to music and especially lyrics of the songs. She has a “lyric journal”. If a song means something to her, she will write down the lyrics. I’ve actually thought about doing this since I started this series. Another point I like is the food. Well, the food gets a bit annoying – only because as I’m reading the book, I have a craving for a chocolate covered twinkie. Yet, I don’t have any of those. I finished this book a week ago and I’m still craving twinkies!

I may have said this in my review of book 1, but this series makes me think about a lot of what ifs. What if my chromosomes were altered? What if the government/army was secretly hiding this group of kids who could do crazy things? While highly unlikely, it could still happen. That’s a main reason I love this series – it’s not some far-fetched idea.

The characters are amazing – sometimes almost too amazing. The strength and courage they have is completely respectable. But at times, I feel like they deserve a break. Well, I know they deserve a break. They just don’t take breaks. That’s what makes them strong. They take on all the problems because that’s just who they are. They’re the characters who are there for everyone no matter what. Especially Jack. I love Jack. He’s Clio’s “boyfriend”. I don’t necessarily think he’s the right guy for her but he is a good guy in general.

Should you go read this series? Yes. Absolutely. No doubt about it.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

Characters in general have it rough, don't they? Writers make bad thing after bad thing happen to them for the sake of the story. If you think about it, they really do.