Quicksilver (Ultraviolet, #2)
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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...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Orchard Books (first published March 1st 2013)
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R.j.
Jul 03, 2013 R.j. added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit it: I was scared to write this book. Not because I didn't believe in the characters or the story, but because I knew it was going to challenge me in all kinds of new ways, and take me to places as an author and as a researcher that I'd never been before. I wanted it to be a satisfying follow-up to ULTRAVIOLET, yet at the same time a quite different sort of story, and one that could be read and appreciated even by people who hadn't read the earlier novel. And at times, the pressure to...more
Wendy Darling
HOLY CRAP. What a mindfuck of a book. And what a crazily original heroine!

I can't even gather coherent thoughts at this point. Review to come.
karen
it saddens me that i don't hyper-love this series as much as everyone else seems to.

because i like the series; it's good, i enjoy reading it, but whenever i read these wonderfully enthusiastic reviews for these books, i just feel a little left out. wait up for me, guys!

there's a lot to like - it has an original plot, with characters who stand out from the frequently cookie-cutter girls and boys who populate the YA fantasy/adventure books, and it seems to be going somewhere, not just treading wa...more
Emily May
4 1/2
You know all those young adult books that feature the stereotypical blonde, popular and bitchy high-schooler? And the movies with the same? Usually there's a girl-next-door kind of heroine who is supposed to look so much better beside Ms Blonde & Popular? I know you all know what I'm talking about. Well, this is the book that kicks apart and destroys all those old stereotypes and brings to you the story of that popular girl everyone thinks they know but no one really does. There are a w...more
Steph Sinclair
4.5 stars

Okay, WOW. I commission everyone to go out and read this series. Because... because... because of reasons. Awesome reasons.

Why is it that every time I finish a novel by R.J. Anderson, I can't find the right words to review it? How can I possibly give someone a run down of a book with so many twists and turns and plain old fashion AWESOME? I can do better than that. Let me try this again.

Quicksilver had me flipping pages as fast as humanly possible from beginning to end. If you are a sci...more
Blythe
This review may contain possible spoilers for Ultraviolet

If you were to ask me right now what word I think best describes Quicksilver, while trying to refrain from using the inevitable words such as 'amazing', 'mind-blowing', or even the simple (but very accurate) 'OMG', the word I would choose would be 'intense'.

And quite honestly, the fact that Quicksilver is as intense as it is is quite a feat given that there is not much action throughout most of the novel and not many fight scenes. But I t...more
Sam
This review will contain possible spoilers for the first book

4.5 stars

R.J. Anderson is an author who does not conform to the rules - and thank goodness for that.

We had Ultraviolet in 2011, the delightfully original companion novel and first instalment of this series, and it was here that Anderson proved that formulaic was not a word in her vocabulary. There is nothing particularly typical about this book. Its characters are diverse, non-standard and very much real. Its plot is devoid of the usua...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I've been waiting for this book since the day I finished my first read of Ultraviolet - aka 2011.

So I was like:
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I finally bought it, and the day it arrived I was like this:

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With a dash of this:

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And then I met Milo and felt like this:

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Anytime anyone/anything needed/wanted my attention I felt like this:

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And then, close to the end, I was like this:

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And I had to keep telling myself this:

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And Tori was badass like this:

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And I responded by going like this:

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and this:

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And I thought that Anderson did this...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
When Quicksilver was first announced, it was said to be a companion novel to Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson’s unforgettably original novel about a girl with synesthesia. Knowing that, I didn’t expect the two to be so closely connected, but imagine my joy when I realized how wrong I was. Quicksilver is more of a sequel – a continuation of the same story told from a different perspective. I struggled a bit at first because Anderson doesn’t waste precious time on recaps, but I caught up fairly quickly...more
Bonnie
Ultraviolet was an incredibly original sci-fi novel that I enjoyed immensely last year. I was thrilled to find out that Quicksilver was coming out as a companion novel and was so pleased that it was quite possibly better than its predecessor.

Tori knows that its only a matter of time before her past catches up with her and everyone in her life is going to be put at risk because of what she is. Sebastian Faraday shows back up and confirms that she does have more to fear but that he has a plan to h...more
Julie
The world better not end before the book comes out.
Jasprit
With quite a few sequels set for release this year, Quicksilver was definitely one of my highly anticipated releases. I absolutely adored Ultraviolet with its twists and turns, so couldn’t wait to get back to a fantastic set of characters.

I loved getting the story from Alison in Ultraviolet, so was surprised to learn that we would be getting Tori’s pov instead in Quicksilver. Alison was a sure favourite, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel being inside Tori’s head, especially the way things had ended...more
Sherwood Smith
Feb 11, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
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Quicksilver follows on from Ultraviolet, though I think one could start with the second one (but why would you want to? Ultraviolet was one of my favorite books of 2011) This one follows Tori, who didn't really come into Ultraviolet until near the end--she was the cause of Alison's being thrown into a mental hospital.

Tori and her parents have abruptly left their home, changed their names. Dad got a far less well-paying job, and Mom is coping in her own ways, as the parents are determined to prot...more
AH
First impressions...
OMG! *does the fangirl Snoopy dance* Simply amazing. This book messed with my head but in a good way.
Quicksilver is a companion novel to Ultraviolet and it fills in the gaps and gives the reader a different character's perspective. Highly recommended that one reads Ultraviolet first. So looking forward to the next book! (I hope there is one.)

Actual review...
It’s not often that I read a companion novel and experience the same level of enjoyment for both books. Quicksilver is...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

**WARNING: This review contains slight, but unavoidable, spoilers for Ultraviolet. You do not have to have read Ultraviolet to read Quicksilver, but if you want to be unspoiled for the first book, you should probably start there.**

Review:

Three months ago, perfect, popular seventeen year-old Tori Beaugrand disappeared into thin air. And then, just as inexplicably, Tori returns home, bloodied and beaten, but alive and whole.

Tori's disappearance is a myste...more
Elevetha
Before reading:

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After reading:

4.5 stars?


"Among the books on programming and electronics I glimpsed a complete set of Monty Python DVDs, a Yoda-shaped coffee mug, and a stuffed bison with six legs that caused Milo to break into a grin."


Do my eyes deceive me or are those a Monty Python, Star Wars, and a subtle Avatar: The Last Airbender reference all in the same sentence?

MEGA-QUOTE (view spoiler)...more
Logan
Oh my gosh, a sequel? YES! I can't wait! I was hoping there would be a sequel! What will it be about? Alison finding Faraday? Dammit, I want it now!

6/11/13: Oh my God. That book was SO fucking good.
Hallie
Well, if you haven't read Ultraviolet, you shouldn't read anything past the first paragraph here. Unless reading someone else's review has already spoiled Ultraviolet and you don't care any more. That book won the (invented just for it) award for book I liked that I was happiest NOT to be reviewing, as I simply couldn't figure out how you'd do any kind of decent job reviewing it. Even the name of the magazine for which I would have written the review is a spoiler, let alone trying to talk about...more
Ceilidh
It’s a sadly rare occurrence these days for a YA book to not only surpass my expectations but entirely blow them away. At least this means that when it does happen, I appreciate it all the more, particularly when said book is the sequel to a book I had found to be underwhelming. “Quicksilver”, the sequel to last year’s “Ultraviolet”, is a truly special YA experience – a well-crafted and socially novel that continually surprises, takes risks and keeps the reader gripped.

For me, the real strength...more
Kyle
Mar 23, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read
Thank God! September 6th of THIS YEAR is far more manageable than next year! That synopsis? Hell yeah, I'm excited!
Cas
Mar 04, 2012 Cas marked it as to-read
The cover...! *spasms and dies* It's gorgeous!
*looks again* Oh.. Uh, or maybe just a little creepy....
Laura Newcombe
Yes, yes, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS! My life is complete.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

R.J. Anderson is a favorite of mine. I love everything she writes, whether it is fantasy about butt-kicking faeries or mind blowing science-fiction. And boy oh boy is her latest novel, Quicksilver, mind blowing. It will mess with your head in a way only the best books can.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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 c...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Though I did not love Ultraviolet quite so much as I had hoped, I was still curious enough to break my NetGalley embargo to run out and request Quicksilver. I mean, why wait until freaking May if I did not have to, right? Thankfully, I was approved, and I got to reading pretty promptly, because of my resolution to do better about reading series books back to back if I can.

Ultraviolet begins largely as a contemporary, then making a dramatic twist to science fiction. As I said in my review then, I...more
Kritika
Ultraviolet was one of the most unique and unexpected science fiction novels I read last year, and I think I can say the same for Quicksilver. The second book in the Ultraviolet series is told from Tori's point of view, and describes her struggle to continue a "normal" life after the events from the previous book left the police with unanswerable questions.

Tori is an unconventional main character, in more ways than one. [Stop reading here if you don't want to be spoiled about the first book]She'...more
Nafiza
Warning: I am going to assume you have read the first one in this series, Ultraviolet, if you are reading this review and so there will be spoilers as I refer to the previous book in order to make my review more cohesive. If you haven’t read the first one, here is my review. Read that instead.

Quicksilver is narrated by the alien formerly known as Victoria, or Tori to her friends, you know, the one who was supposed dead and for whose murder Alison was sent to the mental asylum where she met Sebas...more
Elena
Note: I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

4.5 stars

If someone had said to me before I started reading, "This book is nothing like Ultraviolet," I would have been all D: D: D:. Because I loved Ultraviolet. However, this book, despite having a different protagonist, tone, and theme from Ultraviolet, actually manages to equal it in awesomeness.

Tori/Niki is nothing like Alison as a narrator, and not only because she doesn't have synaesthesia. She's a totall...more
Maria
I recommend Quicksilver.

...Tori's got some big balls, I'll tell you that. That last scene at makerspace was kick-ass crazy!

Ultraviolet was awesome enough as a standalone, but hearing that it will have a sequel in the form of Quicksilver was such a welcome surprise! While I liked Ultraviolet for its intensity, this companion book was nothing short of incredible as well.

So Tori was not quite I expected, knowing what I knew of her in the first book. She's determined, supersmart, and very very capab...more
Navdha
3.5?

Even though the book had me hooked right from the beginning and Anderson did a fantastic job writing from Tori's point of view, I think there wasn't much to the story other than a lot of paranoia and a somewhat unpleasant ending.

If I talk about characterization, I just have a couple of words to say.

Milo was awesome.

Faraday, oh Faraday, well he kinda went downhill.

Allison didn't really have any role in the story, which was completely fine by me, but I still pity her.

Tori was constantly on...more
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