Settling (Solid Book 2) Paperback – July 4, 2011
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One of the best teen groups of friends I have ever "met." - Paranormal Indulgence
A 4th of July celebration that brings more than fireworks to the table. - Book Noise
This book sunk the hook even deeper into my skin. READ IT! - Books with Bite
From the Back Cover
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...
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I read "Solid" last year and absolutely loved it. Shelley has truly crafted a unique series with "Solid", a story with a fantastic plot and loveable characters. I'm not sure why I waited so long to dive into "Settling", but I'm glad that I finally decided to pick it up earlier this week, because I actually loved it more than the first book.
"Settling" picks up shortly after where "Solid" leaves off. After Clio and her friends stop an attack on campus, life on campus seems to be settling into a sort of normalcy; for a while, at least.
But soon enough, there's an attack on campus that sends their world into another whirlwind. Everyone is worried, but Clio seems the most affected - more on edge than usual. And her uneasiness will lead to her making mistakes that can change everything.
I adore the characters in the "Solid" series, but Clio is my favorite. Some readers may not agree with the turn she takes in "Settling", but I'm glad that Workinger allowed Clio to make mistakes. She's a teenager. She's still adjusting to this new life - she's on her own at a secluded campus, only able to speak to her mother via her cell or Skype, she's just found out that she is one of a hundred children to have been born with a power, and she's found herself in a relationship with a boy that she hardly knows. Of course she's going to question her choices and act out; it's a part of growing up. In actuality, Clio's uncertainty helped to make her more relatable. It allowed me to feel more connected to the story.
I can't wait to see what Workinger has in store for the third book, "Sound". If it is anything like "Solid" and "Settling", I'm sure it will be absolutely fantastic.
Characterization aside, I think this is a good novel, and I do recommend it; the series is turning out to be pretty good, but make sure to read Solid first, as Settling picks up right were Solid left off. Three stars.
I was not disappointed.
Picking up from the end of book one, book two, Settling expands Clio's circle of friends, who have all created internships within their camp, but it also adds some jeopardy - there is a killer attacking staffers and students - and it seems to be one of the kids.
If the first novel was all about self-discovery, this one is much about playing detective, and forming teamwork. But playing against it all are normal teenage relationships, romances gone awry, and a bit more information about the special abilities Clio et al have.
While Settling is very much part of a series, it's enjoyable as a stand-alone novel as well.
I'm looking forward to book three, due out later this year.
Goes well with a fried chicken picnic on the lawn.