*Given to me by the author for an honest review*
Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except for the living, breathing, human products of his work.
Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed "open-book" military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes, its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air 'athletes'; 'indies' as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance.
While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems...
What I thought:
I first started this thinking it would be more alone the lines of Xmen mixed in with a military background. Yes, that is me, jumping to conclusions again. But it wasn't that way and once I figured that out I started to really get hooked by the mystery of what was going on and what might happen.
The first two chapters were hard for me to get through, but after that the story really took off. I loved the characters, I was expecting a bit more romance but I would have to say this has romance elements but it isn't the focus. I thought this was really well done, there were things in there that I really didn't see coming and had me going back to different parts to reread.
I loved the snarkiness of the main character and I loved all the pop references that were made. Only one or two flew by me but the rest had me giggling. It didn't get in the way of the story or break it up tension when not necessary. Which I think is harder that we realize.