The Ultra Violets is a book series by Sophie Bell, following the adventures of superpowered middle-school student quartet, Iris, Cheri, Scarlet, and Opaline. Illustrations are by Chris Battle, and Ethan Beavers.)The four were just regular girls until a sleepover at the Fascination Lab (FLab, for short) on the 42nd floor of the Highly Questionable Tower ended up triggering a chain reaction that culminated in the four best friends getting covered in a mysterious purple goo, Heliotropium.Four years later, after unintentionally exposing themselves to the chemical once more, the girls discover the stuff gave them more than the need for a decontamination shower—it had given them superpowers!
Iris gained superheated rainbow beams and the ability to create art anywhere she chooses,
Cheri super-math skills and the ability to talk to animals,
Scarlet wicked dancing skills (and later, when her skills evolve, super-strength),
And Opaline electric and weather manipulation powers.
Together, the four form the Ultra Violets, a superhero team dedicated to protecting Sync City from the evil schemes of BeauTek, from mind-controlling perfumes to evil mutants manufactured at the Mall of No Returns!Books in the series:
Chekhov's Gunman / Chekhov's Gun: The Clown performing the raging saxophone solo comes back to distract Opal's brainwashed army. His saxophone also comes in handy for saving Iris and the students of Chronic Prep.
Foil: Agents Bristow and Baxter. One is well-trained, professional, and unyielding as a mountain, the other is unfit, incompetent, and a push-over at the slightest discomfort.
Foreshadowing: After Scarlet mentions that she danced both the male and female roles in Swan Lake, a ballet she hadn't even seen, Cheri asks if she was in a tutu when she did, and that they could use ones for their outfits. Cut to book 2 and Scarlet is now wearing a tutu alongside her usual get-up.
Karyn has what appears to be a lizard tail poking out of her shorts. In the next book, she's now K-Liz, a human-lizard mutant.
In Medias Res: Book 2 starts with a BANG!, so much that it begins at chapter 2.
In-Series Nickname: Iris is occasionally referred to as "Riri", Cheri as "Cher", and Scarlet as "Scar".
Late Arrival Spoiler: Those who are just arriving will learn that Opal defects to BeauTek and back again, alongside many of the past book's major events being discussed and used extensively as jumping points for the later book's events.
Lemony Narrator: The author is fond of pointing things out, explicitly mentioning this was an event earlier in the story or the last book, and oftentimes playing around with the chapter names.
One of the Boys: Scarlet was sidekick to the toughest boys in school in the 4 years between the incident and the first chapter of book 1.
Parents as People: All four of the Ultra Violets’ mothers are brilliant scientists, with schedules so busy, they rarely, if ever, have time for their kids. They pretty much left them to their own devices, in the care of their siblings, or in Iris’s and Opal's case, sent them off to Astronaut Offspring Boarding School and an All-Girls Boarding School, respectively.
Power Incontinence: When Iris gets flustered, she begins to “rainbow,” shooting out random drawings, with her face breaking out in colourful patterns.
Opal has a more dramatic example in book 1, when her powers manifest and she quits the team after The Kiss That Changed Everything.
The Power of Friendship: The Ultra Violets activate their powers by joining their pinkies together, and later on amplify them by that same gesture.
Puberty Superpower: The girls only develop their superpowers when they are re-exposed to Heliotropium, at age 11-12. Opal being powerless (or so she thinks) for most of book 1 is suspiciously similar to a girl watching her friends develop quickly and noticeably while she's still the same.