Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson (ARC)

Quicksilver (Ultraviolet #2)
R.J. Anderson
Pub.: January 2013

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 wants to have anything like a normal life, she has to blend in and hide her unusual... talents.

Plans change when the enigmatic Sebastian Faraday reappears and gives Tori some bad news: she hasn’t escaped her past. In fact, she’s attracted new interest in the form of an obsessed ex-cop turned investigator for a genetics lab.

She has one last shot at getting her enemies off her trail and winning the security and independence she’s always longed for. But saving herself will take every ounce of Tori’s incredible electronics and engineering skills—and even then, she may need to sacrifice more than she could possibly imagine if she wants to be free.
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Tori Beaugrand is dead - at least in name's sake. Too much has happened since she returned from going missing. She claimed she was kidnapped and the police suspect her fellow alien Sebastian Faraday had something to do with it. And now a genetics laboratory has gotten hold of her DNA and know something is off about her, even going so far as to hire an ex-detective to chase her down for more samples. She and her family flee, knowing that she'd never see the light of day again if they caught up with her.
 
Under her new identity, Tori finds it impossible not to flaunt her engineering talents, and it becomes necessary to mingle with electronics experts to build herself a complex piece of machinery that will hopefully shut down the alien contraption that could lead her enemies straight to her. But if it doesn't work properly, she'll actually be signaling them directly. And worst of all, she doesn't even know if she can truly trust the things Faraday does or say, and that could be her biggest downfall of all.
 
It's a little unusual to switch points of view between books, but I have to say, this actually worked. I still preferred Alison's POV though, because her synesthesia and the way she saw and tasted the world made the story so unique. But that's not to say I didn't enjoy Tori, it's just her uniqueness didn't capture me with the same enthusiasm. Not surprisingly, with Tori's endless knowledge about all things engineering, I felt a little out of my league trying to figure out what she was talking about, but managed to keep up with it all well enough. Just don't ask me to repeat it or explain it to you! ;) Quicksilver was a complex, suspenseful read and anyone who liked Ultraviolet will enjoy bringing a close to their story (or at least what seems as a close).


ARC provided by Orchard Books for honest review.

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