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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
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Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Orchard Books (first published March 1st 2013)
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Moriah This book really goes into detail from the previous book so it shouldn't be too hard to understand but you will understand the relationships between…moreThis book really goes into detail from the previous book so it shouldn't be too hard to understand but you will understand the relationships between the charachters more of you read the first book. Have fun reading!!!!(less)

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karen
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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R.J.
Oct 24, 2012 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
Emily May
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, arc, 2012
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
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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.
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
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Steph Sinclair
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans
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 sc
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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
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Lindsay
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tori Beaugrand and her family have fled the town where they have lived all Tori's life and are living with assumed names. After her disappearance for three months, a sample of her blood found its way to people who very much want access to more of it and a ruthless and implacable detective who desperately wants answers is happy to help them. But in her new town and with her new life, everything comes crashing down when Sebastian Faraday reappears in her life with the news that Mathis still wants ...more
Veronique
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, stars-4-0
This companion book to Ultraviolet is rather different in tone and to a certain degree content, diving completely into science-fiction. And yet, the ‘human’ element - how people connect and react - is firmly at the forefront and what connects these two novels so well.

The narrative follows Tori/Niki who is running for her life. Her voice is in complete contrast to Alison’s and reflects her character, someone who is down to earth, extremely focused and a whizz at engineering and mathematics. Afte
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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
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Disappointing. That's all there really is to say about this sequel.

I'm actually quite frustrated with this one as I really liked Ultraviolet and thought it was truly epic. This one however was a total letdown as hardly anything happened and the plot was really slow paced. Let me say for the record that Alison is a WAY better narrator than Tori/Nikki. Her story was way more exciting and full of twists and turns whereas Nikki's tale just felt drab.

For a long while absolutely nothing happened exce
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Julie
The world better not end before the book comes out.
Jasprit
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Bonnie
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Sherwood Smith
Feb 07, 2012 added it
Shelves: sf
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
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Elevetha
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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)
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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
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Helen
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially I found this quite interesting but it gradually becomes more and more predictable. Also, that cover is awful!
Ceilidh
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tori (InToriLex)
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"Regenerative Feedback: The increase in signal strength that occurs when part of the output energy returns to the input signal and reinforces it." 

I enjoyed this, even though it left me feeling mixed emotions. This was alot different than the first one, and dealt with Tori (yay a mc with my name) who was unsure of herself, but was determined to find a way to survive. While Ms. Anderson is a great story teller, the writing itself didn't grip, as I would ha
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AMASHI
Enjoyed this book very much. Nikki is very brave. For a teenage girl she deserves full credits for her guts and intelligence.
Her parents are protective and supportive.They gave up everything to protect Nikki.I like Milo's character. He strived his best to help Nikki, even though she didn't treat him in a proper way. He's my favorite character.
I don't understand Sebestian at all, he's weird and extremely complicated. Wish Sebestian communicated more hence I could grasp his character well. Also h
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Logan
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy
4.5 Stars

I really loved Quicksilver. It is a worthy sequel to Ultraviolet, and I loved, loved, loved that book. Anderson has the ability to create intellectual characters and plot points and it is such a delight when compared to the usual YA style. I'd read her version of sci-fi any day.

In Quicksilver you have a strong, unique heroine, very different in style from Allison but just as believable. Tori's emotions and relationships come across believable and true. They are well-developed but not ov
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Ravencrantz
I'll write a proper review soon, but right now I just want to say that this book not only has an asexual character, but the word "asexual" is used. There is no beating around the bush, no "well if you squint hard maybe it's true." There is a true and canon asexual character and I'm so happy I could cry.
Esther
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh, it took me forever to get through this book. I felt like the first one was so much better! This second book dragged on and I feel like the ending was just weird and a dud. It just wasn't that interesting past the halfway point.
Kyle
Feb 02, 2012 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!
Denisa C
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
So GR just tricked me. I need to write my 5 sentences again. I'm trying to catch up GR stop stoping me.
So, let's start again.
I really like this book. It's really diverse, one more than one topic and although the mystery of everything that happens is not as big as in the first one, the characters do manage to fill that void.
I think this book really relies on its characters, given the fact that we don't have a big mystery to unveil and this is also a finale, I think.
This mostly continues where
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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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