{Book Review} Settling by Shelley Workinger

August 12, 2012 Reviews 3

Settling (Solid #2) by Shelley Workinger
Pages: 242
Publication Date: July 4, 2011 by CreateSpace
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Series: Solid #2
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(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…

Settling picks up right where the first book, Solid, left off. Settling is really about getting answers. There are still so many more secrets left uncovered, but this book had a bit of a different tone than Solid did. I really enjoyed it and I read it pretty fast. 

Clio is an interesting girl. On one hand, I totally understand and relate to her need to figure out answers. I have that same inquisitive nature and in her case it is even more important because the secrets involve her and her friends. But on the other hand, she certainly does a good job of pushing people away. And I know why she did it but still it scares me that she will be left all alone and no one will give her a chance to explain. There is a scene in the book where she is trying to rule out suspects and it just seemed like a scene from the movie Harriet the Spy, where the list falls into the wrong hands and everyone gets mad at her.

Plus there is the whole thing with Ford and Jack. I think there are some secrets going on with Ford, but I am not sure what they are yet. And Jack is just so awesome. I really hope he gives her a chance in the next book. I hope all of her friends do. Slowly seeing the relationships fall apart made me so sad.

Settling is a great middle book in the series. You get some questions answers, a few more twists and turns thrown in and some pretty big road blocks, but I am liking the progression. I didn’t exactly love the way it ended but, I am hoping things turn around in the next book or I am going to be one sad puppy. Settling was more of an emotional journey for Clio than Solid was, and for me as well. I really liked where the book took us but I was pretty darn nervous for Clio for most of the story. I need to read the next book before I can get any sort of peace of mind. That being said, I am really excited to read the next book because this whole conspiracy thing has me so intrigued! I want to get to the bottom of this just as much as Clio. I just hope she accepts herself more in the next book and that her friends do as well.

3.5/5 gavels
Read my review of book 1 in the series, Solid HERE

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3 Responses to “{Book Review} Settling by Shelley Workinger”

  1. Howard Sherman

    When I hear about a book based on or in a secret Army installation I instantly cringe. Delving just a little deeper I’m happy to hear that Settling and the other books turn that tired cliche on its ear to tell a really good story.

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