Early Review: Quicksilver by R. J. Anderson

New Release Review: Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Companion Novel to Ultraviolet
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Book provided by NetGalley and Carolrhoda Lab

Synopis 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 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.

AH’s Review – 5 Skulls – A

It’s not often that I read a companion novel and experience the same level of enjoyment for both books. Quicksilver is being marketed as a companion novel to Ultraviolet however, in a way, the story does move forward only from a different perspective, so it can be seen as a sequel. Quicksilver also fills in the gaps of the previous book and since the story is told from Tori’s point of view, it kind of reads as a behind the scenes look at Ultraviolet.

Quicksilver will mess with your mind – but in a good way. Told from Tori’s point of view, Quicksilver begins as Tori and her family relocate from Sudbury, Ontario to the relative anonymity of Toronto. In Toronto, Tori works at a large supermarket, a job she is clearly overqualified for. Tori struggles to live a “normal” life as possible. She fears being detected by the people who want to study her.

Tori’s dull existence doesn’t last too long, especially when Sebastian Faraday materializes in her bedroom in front of Tori’s co-worker and friend, Milo Hwang. Faraday is convinced that Tori is in grave danger. They must work together to destroy a relay that led Faraday to Tori before the others can use it.
Now here’s the kicker: If you’ve read Ultraviolet, you know that there will be some twists and turns and things happening that may or may not be real. In Quicksilver, you’re never quite sure if the danger is real or imagined. The author writes in such a way that you are never really sure what to believe.

I think that one of the things that makes this series so fantastic to read is the character development. These characters are not one dimensional – they function on so many levels. I adored Tori’s character in this book. I never really liked her in the first book but perhaps that was because I saw her through Alison’s eyes, so I never really got a full perspective of her character. In Quicksilver, Tori has to be one of the most resourceful, smart, and interesting characters I have read yet. Her engineering skills are off the charts fantastic, and her dedication to her friends and family is incredible.

The men in this book made me swoon. First of all, there’s the mysterious Sebastian Faraday, who is there to help Tori. Unfortunately, Faraday seems to disappear for parts of the story so my only criticism was that there wasn’t enough of him. Then there’s Milo Hwang, one of the best, best friends ever. I loved how Milo was portrayed as a young Korean boy who was expected to go to medical school and become a doctor. Of course, Milo’s dreams lay elsewhere.

And wow! There is a part of this book that made me speechless. You’ll know when you get to that part. What a way to write a novel.

If you haven’t had a chance to read this series yet, pick up a copy of Ultraviolet. Then go out and buy yourself a copy of Quicksilver. This is a series like no other and these books are best read with a fresh mind. Avoid all spoilers and enjoy the ride.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:

  1. Ultraviolet
  2. Quicksilver (March 1, 2013)

Thank you to NetGalley and Carolrhoda Lab for a review copy of this book.

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