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by R. J. Anderson

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Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
This novel, a companion to Ultraviolet, combines science fiction and psychological suspense. This time, the story is told through the eyes of Niki (formerly Tori), a girl who was placed on Earth as part of an alien lab experiment. In the prior book, she was kidnapped and studied by the alien group. After she is released, Tori/Niki and her parents decide they need to make new identities for themselves and disappear in order to escape the scrutiny of the community, the queries of a local genetics lab, and Tori/Niki's kidnappers. Niki complicates the situation further by being dishonest with her adoptive parents, including telling them the tracking chip implanted in her arm is gone. Settled in a new part of Canada, Niki must learn to blend in. This is easier said than done for a beautiful seventeen year-old girl gifted with talents in math, engineering, and mechanics. It is those talents, along with assistance from her new friend Milo, and old friends Sebastian and Alison that eventually allow Niki to survive and meet her goal. Although the flashbacks in the story do help readers catch up with what occurred prior to the start of this novel, the title is best read as a companion to Ultraviolet rather than as an independent work. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
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Alison's nemesis from Ultraviolet (2011) narrates the overlapping events in this mostly successful sequel-cum–companion piece. Tori's family flees Sudbury to reinvent themselves in southern Ontario, leaving identity, names and friends behind after her unusual DNA attracts unwanted medical attention—especially from Deckard, the Sudbury cop investigating her disappearance and return six months later. Disguise notwithstanding, Tori, beautiful and a brilliant engineer in the making, draws plenty of notice, especially from Milo, a Korean-Canadian fellow employee at the supermarket where she checks groceries. Their growing friendship, complicated by Milo's unrequited longing, is tested when Sebastian Faraday arrives on an urgent errand and Deckard shows up, determined to solve the mystery Tori represents. Though exceptional, Tori makes a strong, convincing protagonist whose fears, blocked sexuality and indifference to her looks ring true. While Sebastian and Alison remain vivid, Milo is less compelling—more supporting player than male lead. One structural factor bogs the story down. Crucial information and back story laid out in Ultraviolet is here withheld from readers until the end. Teasing readers is a time-honored technique for building suspense and usually effective—unless they already know what's being withheld. Luckily, Anderson's strong characters and rare knack for weaving contemporary realism and emotional authenticity into hard science fiction should keep even readers in the know engaged. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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12 - 17 Years

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