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.
R.J. Anderson is an Ontario local gal, who I've run into at various signings and have met via some of my Ontario book blogging pals. I have peeked at her fairy books on numerous occasions and have had the best of intentions to add her to my teetering To-Be-Read pile at some point, so when Monarch Books contacted me about her latest, a companion novel to Ultraviolet (which I haven't read) I decided it was a stellar opportunity to sink my teeth into her work, at long last.
The good news is, I didn't feel lost or like I was missing out by not reading Ultraviolet first. The even better news is that I'm now eager to dig into Alison's story in Ultraviolet, after eating through Quicksilver with relish.
Tori/Niki is the perfect non-girly, girl heroine. There are no sordid love triangles, no pinning for kisses, no worries over how her hair looks or if her outfit is just right. Instead there are mad engineering skills and smarts, a survivalists instinct and intriguing relationships that have the added depth of her alternative identity weighing on them. In short she's a refreshing alternative on the YA scene, and I greatly enjoyed having her shake up my reading a little.
An intriguing Sci-Fi premise leads to surprising reveals about both Niki, Alison and Sebastian, but because it's well grounded in the every day, Quicksilver will still appeal to those who are a bit leery of the Sci-Fi genre. I can be a bit Sci-Fi resistant sometimes, but I was salivating over much of the plot and drama in this story without worrying too much over the otherness.
A great book for those looking to break the same old, same old mold of YA reads.
Quicksilver, by R.J. Anderson
Published by Carolrhoda Lab, distributed by Monarch Books, March 2013
My copy kindly provided by the distributor