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Sound: Solid, Book 3 Paperback – August 26, 2012
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Shelley Workinger grew up in Maine, graduated from Loyola University New Orleans, currently resides in New Jersey, and considers all of them home. When she's not working on the SOLID series, she's chatting about FoodFic on her blog: But What Are They Eating? Stop by and let her know what you're reading and what they're eating! Find the Author: TheSolidSeries.com Twitter.com/SWorkinger Facebook.com/SolidSeries Bookfare.blogspot.com
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The Solid series has followed Clio Kaid, one of one-hundred children with super-abilities who have been called to a top-secret Army base for research. In Solid and Settling, Clio and her friends find themselves having to fight for their lives. This book is a bit different. Sure, there is a showdown of sorts, but this is more of an emotional journey of a book. Clio finally finds herself in Sound, and yes, she reconnects with Jack (they are actually a cute fictional couple so that made me happy).
There were times where I wanted to scream at Clio, but she had to learn from her mistakes. She has to grow and figure out who she is and who she wants to be, and Workinger develops Clio wonderfully throughout Sound.
Even though I loved Sound, I have to say that the epilogue killed me. I need to know where Workinger is planning on taking this series because holy crap.
I say this time and time again, but this series just doesn't get enough love. It is a terrific self-published series that readers can easily devour within a day.
Sound starts off right where Settling left off and it doesn't take long to get back into Clio's story. She made a mess of things at the end of Settling and things are still pretty bad for her. Her friends don't want anything to do with her and she doesn't know how to make things better. However it doesn't take long for her to realize that she doesn't like being alone and she's willing to do anything to restore her friendships. Clio really grows as a person throughout this book. She realizes her mistakes and she takes steps to fix them. She's not too proud to admit when she is in the wrong. Sure she still has flaws (she's a little pushy and nagging) but the good things about her far outweigh the bad.
The rest of the characters help make Clio a better person. Her friends are completely fabulous. I wasn't really impressed with them in the beginning since they dropped Clio for a rather petty reason but they also grew throughout the story. They helped mend their friendships with Clio and their relationships seemed stronger for it afterward. My only issue with the friends were the girls. Rae, Alexis, Bliss, and Miranda didn't have distinct enough personalities. I kept getting confused about which one was which. I wish they had been a little bit more developed so that they would have been easier to tell apart. The guys, on the other hand, were distinct and easy to differentiate. They really made me laugh throughout the book.
The plot was a bit lackluster. The first half of the book didn't seem to go anywhere and I found myself getting distracted while reading it. There just wasn't enough going on to hold my interest in the story. Things did pick up in the end but I felt that it was very rushed and too predictable. I guessed who the villain was in the very beginning. There was no real mystery to this book.
My biggest issue was the ending. Things weren't really resolved. Questions were left unanswered and the epilogue left me really confused. This is supposed to be the final book in the trilogy but the epilogue opened everything up for more. I felt that the story would have been better without the epilogue. But hey, maybe there will be a spin-off series continuing the story?
Overall, Sound wasn't a completely satisfying ending but I still enjoyed it. I'm happy with where the characters were at the end and there was enough closure to the story to please me. If you haven't yet you should really check out this series.
Still dealing with the repercussions of her kiss with Ford, Clio has been ostracized by most of her friends, leaving her to wallow in self-pity. Luckily for her, she has some great friends and it's not long before they're all apologizing for over-reacting, asking for her to forgive them for being a little extreme in their silent treatment. Of course Garret's apology was my favourite:
"And I thought maybe I owed you a solid."
Didn't see that coming.
"Because I haven't been the best lately," he went on, then hurried to clarify. "To you. I've obviously kept on being the best thing to happen to, you know, the universe."
While it was all a little convenient, it also made Clio snap out of her funk, and become the "funny and weird" girl from the first two novels. It also made me appreciate her determination to resolve things with Ford, even though he continued to avoid her, because it wasn't as easy a fix for her.
"Of course, at least then I'd know where he was, unlike now, when my seeing him on campus was about as likely as spotting the yeti. Either he was avoiding me, or he traveled by secret tunnel these days. Or both - he'd probably dug secret tunnels just to avoid me."
With things patched up between her friends, the real plot was able to begin! After some not-so-coincidental power outages at different field trips, Clio is convinced that something - or someone - is up to something. But, with her friendships still on shaky grounds, she was forced to drop the issue when all of her friends argued she was grasping at straws - saying she was looking for something to be amiss.
With much of Sound's focus on her rebuilding friendships, there wasn't much room for Clio's theories on who was behind the power outages - or their reasons for it. So when the ending came, and Clio ended up being taken captive, it was with minimal interest from me because there had been very little development leading up to it. With a grossly anticlimactic ending, which ironically enough, Clio comments on later, the villain explains their motives and is thwarted before things get too hairy.
But even with it's lacklustre ending, finishing the last few pages of Sound was bittersweet. I grew to really enjoy Clio and her gang of friends, even with their slightly corny-yet-heartwarming camaraderie, and I'm both sad to see their story come to an end and content with how things wrapped up. For fans of this series, it's a satisfying conclusion to this light and fun trilogy!
**Quick comment on the epilogue though - what in the heck was that about?! Please, share your thoughts with me in the comments!
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