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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761387992
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 433,646
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

R.J. Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, schooled in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. sn't trying to hide that she's female, she just thinks initials look more writerly.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley.)
    This is book 2 in the Ultraviolet series, and kicks off a short while after the end of book 1 ‘Ultravviolet’.
    **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Ultraviolet’.
    Tori – the girl who Alison thought she’d accidentally killed in book 1, was last seen riding off into the sunset with her parents, but now she’s going by the name Niki, and working at a supermarket while she finishes her senior year at high school online.

    Tori/Niki is far from safe though, knowing that Mathis is probably going to try and abduct her again, and knowing that the authorities are still on her tail following a DNA sample that they had from her hair brush when she was missing.

    Things get even more difficult when Faraday uses the relay to return to earth though, and now they both know that the only way to keep Tori/Niki safe is to somehow close the wormhole that the aliens have been using.
    Can Tori/Niki ever be really free? What will happen to Faraday if the wormhole is closed? And is there any hope for Faraday and Alison?


    This was an okay book, but the characters were too unlikeable, and the story a little hard to believe in places.

    This book totally wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I wasn’t sure whether the author was going to go after book 1, but I didn’t expect book 2 to have a different main character, and also a main character who wasn’t really very likeable in book 1. I hoped that maybe Tori would grow on me in this book, but she didn’t, I didn’t like her, the same as I didn’t like her in book 1, and I just wanted Alison back!

    It was interesting to see what happened after ‘Ultraviolet’, but I just didn’t connect with Tori/Niki at all. Tori/Niki was a total mean girl in ‘Ultraviolet’, and to me she still acted like a mean girl in this book – self-righteous, self-involved, selfish, and utterly focused on what SHE wanted. Even having finished the book I don’t like her.

    Faraday turned up in this book, and again, I didn’t trust or like him in the first book, and I didn’t trust or like him in this one either. There was just something really off about him that put my back up, and once again, his treatment of Alison was not very nice. He also did something really bad to Tori/Niki in this book, and I never did get why he betrayed her so badly!

    There was very little from Alison in this book which was a shame. It seemed that her paraesthesia was still just as bad though, and once again Faraday and Tori/Niki used Alison’s talent for their own gains.

    The storyline in this book was okay, although I did feel it dragged in places. I thought the whole thing about Tori/Niki building electronics for Faraday was a little difficult to believe though. I know her biological parents were supposed to have been some sort of technicians, and so would probably have worked with electronics themselves, but where does a 17-year-old mean girl find the time to become brilliant at electronics, building things, and soldering whilst still at school? And what are the chances of her being brilliant enough to build some sort of transmitting device, that can beam a signal across the universe?! A little implausible I’m afraid.
    In the end, things seemed to turn out okay, and I doubt that there will be another book in this series (although I could be wrong). Most stuff was tied up at the end, and things were looking okay, even if the sacrifice that Tori/Niki had to make was pretty dramatic to get this ending.

    Overall; an okay paranormal/sci-fi(?) YA book, but the main character was a little too mean-girl for me.
    6.5 out of 10.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

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    I really loved reading Ultraviolet by author R.J. Anderson so wh

    I 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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