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April 6, 2013

Review of Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson

Quicksilver

 
 
 

Back in her hometown, Tori Beaugrand had everything a teenaged girl could want—popularity, money, beauty. But she also had a secret. A secret that could change her life in an instant, or destroy it.

Now she’s left everything from her old life behind, including her real name and Alison, the one friend who truly understood her. She can’t escape who and what she is. But if she wants to have anything like a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unusual… talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears and gives Tori some bad news: she hasn’t escaped her past. In fact, she’s attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-cop turned investigator for a genetics lab.

She has one last shot at getting her enemies off her trail and winning the security and independence she’s always longed for. But saving herself will take every ounce of Tori’s incredible electronics and engineering skills—and even then, she may need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.

add to goodreadsQuicksilver (Ultraviolet #2) by R.J. Anderson
Publication Date:  January 1, 2013
Publisher:  Orchard Books

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Gabby NewI really loved reading Ultraviolet by author R.J. Anderson so when I started to read Quicksilver, the companion novel to the series, I was seriously freaking out. I mean, when I read Ultraviolet there was so much mystery and not-knowing that it had me addicted and dying to find out what would happen next. There wasn’t so much people drama as there is in normal YA books and it was mostly all about the human psyche and knowing whether or not to believe yourself. Quicksilver is sort of the opposite of Ultraviolet in that sense. The novel focuses on a lot of people drama and worries more about the consequences of other people knowing things that they shouldn’t—but it isn’t teenage people drama… it’s government people drama… if any of that makes sense…

Quicksilver takes place right after Ultraviolet ends. It centers on the life of main character Tori Beaugrand who takes up a new alias as a girl named Niki when everything she has ever lived to protect is threatened. When a genetic lab and the police try to dig up dirt about Tori/Niki her parents decide that it’s time to relocate and vanish before Tori/Niki’s secret can get out: That she is an alien and is wanted by an alien scientist named Mathis. Niki wants to forget the experimentation that took place when she vanished at Alison’s touch and she wants to forget that Mathis will stop at nothing to have her again.

Then Niki finds a friend in a boy named Milo Hwang who unwillingly ends up thrown into Niki’s hectic life and is forced to guard her secret with his life when he witnesses something he should have never seen: The return of Sebastian Faraday. Niki knows that having Milo involved means putting him in danger, but she can’t shake him from her side. Niki and Milo work together to try and solve the problem that is Niki’s life. The trio of characters join together in an attempt to save Niki once and for all even if it means giving up everything that Niki has ever known.

I loved that Tori/Niki/whoever ends up on the run from the police. Sure it’s exciting and ended up making the novel come off as a thriller. But it was the one officer hired to hunt her down that actually had me on the end of my seat. Throughout the plot Niki and Milo are together trying to find ways to save Niki from her alien counterparts that are searching for her by using ‘quicksilver’. Niki’s life is always thrown into chaos when Officer Deckard becomes involved. His need to find answers and the way he terrifies Niki and her family into doing things seriously had my hunger for the novel to have an antagonist to be sated.

The relationship between Niki and Milo was one that I personally wasn’t used to. Right from the moment they met I expected Niki and Milo to end up together and was surprised when she not only friendzones him (ouch, dude) but also tells him that she is asexual. Totally didn’t see any of it coming and I have to admit that there were times when my wanting for there to be some romance got the better of me. However romance does survive in the novel despite the friendzoning and it’s between characters Sebastian and Alison. If you’ve read Ultraviolet you know that Faraday and Alison had a close relationship and were in love and should have been together forever—the end, right? Well in Quicksilver we see more of the couple (and I loved it).

The novel’s conclusion was one that left me on the edge of my seat. It had me feeling the same way I feel when I see movie trailers that have nothing but action and explosions and that cool music (you know the music). Seriously the suspense packed in the ending made up for some of the pacing problems in the middle of the novel because the ending had me dying. I was sitting there reading for all I was worth in hopes of seeing if Niki/Tori could get herself out of this mess for good. Definitely a memorable ending that I won’t forget. Ever.

I’d recommend the Ultraviolet series to readers who are looking for a good sci-fi, those of us who are looking for a novel that they don’t want to put down and readers who are looking for a series that kicks butt. Period.

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R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming (and writing) of other worlds entirely.

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4 Comments

  1. JennRenee
    4/6/2013

    Great review. I enjoyed Ultraviolet and really need to pick this book up to read.
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  2. CJ Listro
    4/6/2013

    I had the same reaction to the asexual bit as you! I never realized how strong my guilty pleasure hopeless romantic side is until that point, when I was thinking, “But how cute would it be if…?” However, I love that the “romance” or whatever it is isn’t central at all. It grows out of the rest of the plot. I think you nailed the ending–I was dying for more pages.

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  3. Great review! I have yet to read Ultraviolet and after this review I am kind of sorry about that. Hopefully there will come a day when I can have a little spare time to look more into these novels :)
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