Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ultraviolet Catastrophe” as Want to Read:
Ultraviolet Catastrophe
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ultraviolet Catastrophe

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

When sixteen-year-old Lexie discovers her parents have been using drugs to suppress her outrageous IQ, she understands why the advanced theories in her physics books have suddenly started making sense. But they’re not done dropping bombshells. Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, is searching for her s
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Clever Crow Press (first published August 15th 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ultraviolet Catastrophe, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ultraviolet Catastrophe

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.66  · 
Rating details
 ·  271 ratings  ·  48 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ultraviolet Catastrophe
LeighAnn Kopans
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lexie's the smartest teen in the country, and she's one of the last people to find out. When her brain starts going haywire, her parents reveal that those pills she thought were ADHD meds were actually dulling her synapses, keeping her intelligence appear average. so that she could live a normal life. Not only that, but now that they've stopped working, she'll have to go to transfer to Quantum High, where she'll be able to study with intellectual peers and stay under the close eye of her father, ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Lexie is super smart and didn't fully know it until recently. Her parents knew she had extraordinary intelligence. For Reasons, they gave her medication to damper her brain synapses and to attempt to give her a normal life.
I felt for Lexie. She had every right to be angry. It was frustrating, when confronted, her parents could have come completely or even mostly clean. But they didn't. They gave minimal information when asked. It took Lexie, asking multiple times throughout the course of this b
Susan Quinn
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Smart and funny with a side of geeky awesomeness, Ultraviolet Catastrophe charmed me from the first page. It’s the kind of YA SF I love: fun, believable characters who take center stage, while still allowing the reader to play in a technology wonderland. With its contemporary, campy feel and a dash of romance, Jamie Grey’s debut novel was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I devoured it in a couple days.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Suuuper delayed GR updates happening here, but yes, I enjoyed this! The characters were easily likeable and the set-up/story was really cool. I think I'm still a sucker for the whole school specifically designated for _________ kind of students. In this case, it was super geniuses and that was awesomely different. This reeeeeally reminded me of the first Hex Hall book and I mean that in a good way. Like fast-paced, you-want-answers-so-you-breeze-through-the-pages, MC is super hilarious kind of w ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lent this with Kindle Unlimited, which I paid for, as I found a few books, which I would have bought otherwise, so the fee for a few months is justified and cheaper than buying the books.
Starts interesting.
Erin Arkin
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

Ultraviolet Catastrophe is one of those books that intrigued me just from reading the summary. Then I read the first sentence of the book and I was hooked. I mean, when something starts “You know your life is never going to be the same when your mom pulls a gun at the shopping mall” it is bound to be good.

First, I will say that I am in no way knowledgeable enough to even know whether the science in this book made sense but….it kind of did. It definitely plays an important role in thi
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before I read Ultraviolet Catastrophe, I was in such a reading slump.. I used to finish books in 1-3 days, 4 if I was having an off week. Then I started blogging and taking notes to help me with reviews, and I started to slow down. It was taking me 4-7 days to finish a book, sometimes longer.

And then I read Ultraviolet Catastrophe. I finished this book in about 2 days. I just couldn’t put it down! It was action-packed, interesting, unique and incredible. The characters were likable and relatable
K.K. Hendin
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"You know your life is never going to be the same when your mom pulls a gun at the shopping mall".
Well, THAT'S a way to start a story.

I've mentioned before that my main genres of love and all the reading float along the contemporary line of things.
I may also have mentioned how much I like a good evil plot.
And geniuses and smart and super intelligent dudes?
And a conspiracy?
Super smart things and people and futuristic robots without being stifled by the sc
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I discovered this book by reading the first chapter at the end of One by Leigh Ann Kopans, and it hooked me up from the starting line: "You know your life is never going to be the same when your mom pulls a gun at the shopping mall".

I added it to my TBR list and when I had the chance to get an advance copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, I just jumped at it, and I'm so glad I did.

Ultraviolet Catastrophe is a YA mix of contemporary and science fiction, with loads of actual scien
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

I blame Harry Potter for this, but I love schools where students learn things that are…different. When I saw that this book featured a school fur super-smart teens where they just learned science, I was hooked. Add to that a conspiracy, and how could I possibly have turned down this book? Well, after reading the book itself, I have no reasons why anyone should turn it down, and I'll explain why.

Lexie is a great protagonist. She
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

I so enjoyed my reading of Ultraviolet Catastrophe by Jamie Grey.

Jamie Grey has a writing style that flows easily. Ultraviolet Catastrophe is a quick read with a fun premise and it’s positively rife with nerdy references and humor. When the main character, Lexie, mentioned owning a TARDIS cookie jar, I about fell over. And the references don’t end there. With a cast of characters that are born to genius and excel at science, the references fit.

Especially when they come
Well, this was a let down.

With the summary given to you, you would think that Lexie would a fun, competent, and blindingly smart character. Not so much on all of it. For all that she is a genius she mostly falters on the academic front, and the ways that show her genius are--well, are kind of silly and obviously used to be convenient. Lexie has flashes of inspiration but that's it. She doesn't seem to learn any faster, she doesn't seem to pick things up quicker in general, and maybe that's the
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Ultraviolet Catastrophe is fantastic! I just read another science-y book when I read Gretchen McNeil's 3:59 and I really enjoyed it. This was another great action book with a big science theme throughout. I loved the concept of the book. Lexie is super smart and then she finds out that not only is she even smarter than she ever thought, but she has also been lied to and drugged to mask her intelligence. She is quickly whisked off to a cool and very science-oriented community for brainiacs l ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was on my to-read this for quiet some time and I finally get to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ultraviolet Catastrophe by Jamie Grey. I got hooked just from reading the first sentence!
"You know your life is never going to be the same when your mom pulls a gun at the shopping mall."

Lexie Kepler is sixteen years old when she so happens to find out that her parents have been keeping this huge secret from her. The secret is Lexie being the most intelligent person on the planet!
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here:

"You know your life is never going to be the same when your mom pulls a gun at the shopping mall."

From the very first sentence, Ultraviolet Catastrophe by Jamie Grey is an action-rich adventure. It's a novel for geek girls everywhere, particularly those who like a little danger in their plots and a large dash of romance.

The charm of this book is in its unashamed affection for all things sci fi. Quantum High (along with the town it i
Jessa Russo
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I went into this with a bit of trepidation. To be 100% transparent, I was worried the sciency stuff would leave me feeling like an idiot. I hated school. But I hated Science even more. So you can probably understand why I assumed a book with such a strong focus on science and genius teenagers would leave me feeling a bit nervous.

I was THRILLED as I began reading UVC that though there were definitely terms I knew nothing about (heck, I still have no idea if this stuff was real or made up *runs t
Jamie Krakover
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler has strange flashes of brilliance that she can't explain. Turns out she is one of the smartest teens in the country, but her parents hid it from her. Under the rouse of needing ADHD medication, her parents suppressed her extreme intelligence. But when some of the world's smartest scientists from Branston Academy come looking for her, her mom sends her away from the life she's always know to live with her dad who she barely talks to. Her dad lives in a town run by Qu ...more
I'm 61% done with Ultraviolet Catastrophe: Starting reading this yesterday and LOVE IT. Its a little bit of a book you've got to really concentrate and read but I'm flying through it because I do actually love this book. I hope the ending is just as good


I really like this book, like I really really like this book.

I was disappointed when (view spoiler)
Kristen Jett
Full review to come later, but general thoughts: Love this book, Love the characters, and I want a sequel RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE.

Full Review:
First off, I loved this book. Love. Absolutely love. I'm not a huge science fiction fan, as it sometimes gets a little too technical for me to read as a light read. (Yes, even in young adult.) Ultraviolet Catastrophe is a brilliant balance of science fiction worldbuilding, with a contemporary lifestyle. The two mesh beautifully.

Lexie is what I consider
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ultraviolet Catastrophe is intelligent, well written and thoroughly edited, and once I started it I couldn't put it down. When I finish a book and spend a few days thinking about it rather than starting another one, I know that it deserves five stars - and this one did that for me. The characters, for the most part, were likeable and well rounded (the adults less so, but that was okay) and the bad guys were nasty indeed. Asher was . . . memorable. I wish I'd had a guy like him when I was a teena ...more
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Okay, yeah, I think I'm officially a Jamie Grey fan.

Ultraviolet Catastrophe was a fun, smart, well-paced read. The first book of hers I read was The Star Thief, and this one had the same great voice and pacing, and a thoroughly imagined, scientifically advanced world. I was grateful that YA meant no sex scenes, though in other ways, I found The Star Thief more sophisticated. For example, the female characters here butt heads a lot more than they did in The Star Thief. T
I read really good reviews about this, so for 4 dollars, I thought it was worth a look. (it's only available as an ebook).

Lexie discovers she's a genius who is being protected by her parents from bad bad people. When she ends up at the Genius school for geniuses (QT), it's a bit like Harry Potter for science nerds. Lots of wide eyed wonder and how can this be me? It's all pretty good, (if a little predictable).

There's the gorgeous guy, the scornful other girls and lots of secrets and mystery to
Fida Islaih
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Weeks after reading UVC I'm still thinking of it. Lexie proved to herself and her new friends that she is strong. I could relate to her. I love the relationships she has.

I was pulled in and on my seat at the first page wondering along with the MC about what's going on. I feel sad and angry along with her when she talked to her dad. I have to say I kind of can relate to her on that. I'm not just feeling the MC, but her mom too. I'm glad we have clues. There is some what of a love triangle that I
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
i love mysteries and thriller. What I like about this one is that I get every scientific fictional things or advance things in this book. Im already searing if it was a fact or scientific myth.

I really like the idea of the fictional town where everybody is a geniuses. I mean, wow even the cook is a freaking science genius. Perfect town, school and lab for geniuses. Hot resident (and humble) genius, I think I want to sign up. But me, i dont have any problem with Asher but I think I will be readin
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a synopsis full of hugely intimidating words like “quantum electrodynamics”, we can’t help but enter into this story a bit wary, wondering if Lexie’s aptitude for the more mathematical sciences and her enormous IQ might leave us eating her mental dust, overwhelmed and struggling with what comes so easily to her. Despite the aforementioned daunting words tossed around on occasion however, Lexie’s story is an easy one to settle into, her hurt and confusion over her parents’ dishonesty slicing ...more
Brett Jonas
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't decide which was the best book I read in September - this one, or Two Roads by L.M. Augustine. And I read a lot of great books in September!

Basically, this book is amazing. And you're going to be missing out if you don't read it.

(For now, there's a longer review up on my blog.)
Fallon Brown
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I got lost with some of the science talk, but I really liked the story.

I loved Asher. Really liked Max too. I didn't care for Zella at first, but she grows on you.

"no need to be intimidated. I'm just the resident genius." Oh yeah, I wouldn't be intimidated by that at all.

"Ah, so you're a tease, too, then?" "Always" - this made me grin.

"But I have a feeling they're going to be doing more than watching us by the end of the night. They're going to be talking about us."
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This is a really well-written book, but unfortunately it is totally predictable. Every time there is a problem, a very convenient solution will be offered. Every time. And I mean ex machina style, which made it hard for me to take this book/the MC's problems seriously and it destroyed any suspense. I thought at the beginning: It would be very convenient for the MC if that person were one of the bad guys. Guess what, he/she was one. Not saying who, but it's obvious.
So, I guess I recommend this bo
Jun 13, 2014 is currently reading it
I'm not digging this one as much as I thought I was. At first I liked it, and I was in to the storyline when I read the summary... But Asher kind of annoys me, Lexie kind of annoys me, and like 50 other details annoy me. (Where's the mom? Obvi her ruse to lead the bad guys away didn't work.. Why wasn't her almost kidnapping a bigger deal? When is she going to bust out of her shell and become super smart again? None of her unexplained knowledge has happened since she started at qt... Shouldn't th ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't up to my YA standards. It's not my YA. It's def tops at maybe third year of high school level reading. The plot was almost too simple, bad guys to guessable and the characters were too bland. There was nothing about Asher besides being described as hot boy genius. Nothing about Lexi except...well, she's unique. Nothing at all about Stella or Max the side characters that made them likeable for no other reason than being friends of Lexi and Asher.

« previous 1 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Humanity Series: Complete Apocalyptic Dystopian Collection: Books 1-5
  • Post-Apocalyptic Box Set: Ava's Crucible: A Saga of America's Coming Civil War
  • The Love That Split the World
  • Pestilence in the Darkness: Havoc in Wyoming, Part 6 | America's New Apocalypse
  • Fowler's Snare (Havoc in Wyoming #5)
  • Playing with Hellfire (Sin Demons #1)
  • Bound to Gods (Their Dark Valkyrie #2)
  • The Magic of Discovery (Emerald Lakes, #1)
  • Shadowfever (Fever, #5)
  • Hades Academy: The Complete Series: A Paranormal Demon Romance
  • Shields and Ramparts (Havoc in Wyoming #4)
  • The Gladiator's Downfall (Age of the Andinna, #1)
  • BloodLust (Rise of the Iliri, #1)
  • The Broken Halos Box Set (Broken Halos #1-6)
  • A Lot like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2)
  • Teardrop Shot
  • Katie's Journey (Havoc in Wyoming, #2)
  • Mollie's Quest (Havoc in Wyoming, #3)
See similar books…
***Sign up for Jamie's newsletter for updates on her new releases.***

As a tech-obsessed gamer geek, Jamie Grey writes sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary romances about smart women and the men who fall in love with them. Her stories weave together strong heroines, exciting plots, and heart-pounding romance. There may also be a few explosions thrown in for good measure.

She was born and raised in Mich

News & Interviews

  Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose bestselling debut novel, Black Buck, was published in January. It's been a Read with Jenna...
76 likes · 11 comments