Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE by Jamie Grey


18041050Quantum Electrodynamics. String Theory. Schrödinger's cat. For sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler, they’re just confusing terms in her science textbooks, until she finds out that her parents have been drugging her to suppress her outrageous IQ. Now Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, has tracked her down and is dying for her to attend - as a research subject. 
She takes refuge at Quantum Technologies, a secret scientific community where her father works as a top-notch scientist, and begins her new life as girl genius at Quantum High. But the assignments at her new school make the Manhattan Project look like preschool - and Lexie barely survived freshman algebra. 
Her first big assignment – creating an Einstein-Rosen bridge – is also her first chance to prove she can hold her own with the rest of QT's prodigies. But while working with the infuriatingly hot Asher Rosen, QT’s teen wonder, Lexie uncovers a mistake in their master equation. Instead of a wormhole, the machine they’re building would produce deadly ultraviolet rays that could destroy the world. Now Lexie and Asher have to use their combined brainpower to uncover the truth behind the device. Before everyone at Quantum Technologies is caught in the ultraviolet catastrophe.

ADD TO GOODREADS 

"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 science fictionyness of it all?
People lying to each other, causing all the drama?
People who aren't who you thought they were?
Incredible, wonderful writing?
AND as a bonus, an absolutely gorgeous cover?
Um, HELLO HI GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS RIGHT THIS SECOND.

I don't think I'm alone in my SQUEEing over a book that manages to combine all those things up there on that list of wonderful things to read. But finding a book that manages to get that all in, and a sweet romance that feels SO REAL, so not instalove and so like a bunch of teenagers... the likelihood is about the same as sighting a pink fluffy unicorn dancing on rainbows
Um, hello, UltraViolet Catastrophe.

Y'all, there are not enough words to tell you how much I enjoyed this. Seriously. I've read books about geniuses, books about teenaged geniuses, books that discuss all kinds of complex science and math, and books with all of the above.
I have never seen it done as well as Jamie Grey did with UVC. Any time a book talks about something a tad out of the ordinary, there's a fine line between weaving it into the story and shoving it down the reader's throat. Whether it's pieces of information (like, physics, which while I took in HS, I don't remember anything) or history, it's easy as a writer to get caught in the trap of infodump. 

I am not a genius.
By far.

And not only am I SO NOT A GENIUS (SO NOT, guys), I am not a math-science person. Nope. Not in the slightest. We will not discuss the catastrophe that was most of high school math. Or the horror that was college statistics. In fact, we can pretend the most complicated thing in math is finding X, because I can do that. Usually.
While UVC covered some pretty science-y topics, not once was I confused, nor did I ever feel like Jamie was shoving a science lesson down my throat. The information was woven expertly through the story, in and out of all the teenaged angst and adventure and wonderful things.

There are some books that I read that I'll read and be all, 'Sisters are going to LOVE this book!' There are not that many books that I read an am all, 'Brothers AND Sisters are going to LOVE this book!'

I don't even think I need to tell y'all that the second that UVC is released into the world I will be on Amazon ordering a paperback and forcing all the siblings to read. Because when a book is as excellent as this one is, you've just got to share the love.

But not Asher. Because if there's anything I love more than a sexy genius, it's a sexy JEWISH genius.
MINE.

Go add it to your Goodreads TBR pile. Now. Promise you, you won't regret it. And September 24th, one-click it so fast your finger falls off. 
Okay, not that fast. I'd like you to keep all your fingers.


Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two.  Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at www.jamiegreybooks.com, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.

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