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  • The half-life of highly radioactive substances is shorter than that of substances that radiate weakly.
  • For a while, people worried that the radioactive cloud could spread to Shogahama — or beyond.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
  • Stains streaked across its dull surface—a grimy window to something that looked like radioactive sludge, glowing and dangerous.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • His face under the orange spray tan was red, giving him a radioactive palette.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • She felt radioactive.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • "It’s just that it’s dangerous to get near the radioactive materials," her mother called out from where she stood in front of the mirror, fixing her hair.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • It sat there on my arm, strange and radioactive.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I’d forgotten all about the radioactive dinosaurs!
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • "Though I don’t suppose they’re radioactive or anything," Charles Wallace said, "or that they’re going to reach out and grab us and chew us up."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • "What if someone were to blow it up, maybe release the radioactivity, if there’s any left in there?"
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • She lifted the pages as if she were handling a tray of radioactive material.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Hanging at his side, the scepter of Diocletian glowed angry purple, like a radioactive bruise.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He’s painting it with that radioactive quality because he wants to draw our eye to it —make it jump out at us.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The gloves were bright pink, and they glowed in a cheery, radioactive sort of way.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He would later be told that it was the metal in his fillings resonating with the radioactivity of the bomb.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • No radioactivity, no mess.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The sarcophagus was glowing like something radioactive, heading for meltdown.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Henrietta’s tumor was the invasive type, and like hospitals nationwide, Hopkins treated all invasive cervical carcinomas with radium, a white radioactive metal that glows an eerie blue.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Oh, finally, that radioactive mac and cheese.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Everything became radioactive green.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • "Do you know how many tons of radioactive crap will move through Carson City?""Crap" was Aunt J’s term for it.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • One advertised Korean/Brazilian fusion tacos, which sounded like some kind of top-secret radioactive cuisine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • We have radioactive isotope scanners, olfactory filters designed by the American DEA to detect the faintest chemical signatures of combustibles and toxins.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • These indicated that the highest intensity of radioactivity, near the torii, was 4.2 times the average natural ’leak’ of ultra-short waves for the earth of that area.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I heard new vocabulary: nuclear bomb, radioactive fallout, bomb shelter.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He infused the radioactive tagging substance, a magnesium isotope, into the monkey and calibrated the scanner.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Sculpted by the intense solar rays, glowing a radioactive shadow, the towers reared like giant shark teeth out of the Surface of turquoise, -who’d been over rounding rubble as far as the eye could see.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It’s so retroactive that it’s radioactive!
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • He dreamed that whitecoats took blood, injected him with various drugs to see how he reacted, made him run and jump and then swallow radioactive dye so they could study his circulation.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • The only radioactivity was in the inside loop.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Cancerous solvents from storage tanks, arsenic from smokestacks, radioactive water from power plants.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • More important than anything he had listed was water, free of dangerous bacilli, unpolluted by poisons human, chemical, or radioactive.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It’s a heavy gas, it says, radioactive, dangerous to your lungs.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • At night the ruined city gave of a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles.
    Ray Bradbury  --  There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Without our intervention, the Earth today would be a radioactive wilderness.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Um, well, bitten by a radioactive spider?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • True, there were still unexplained phenomena such as radioactivity, transmission of light through the "ether," and the peculiar relationship of magnetic to electric forces; but these, if past trends were any indication, had eventually to fall.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He attempted to report this to Pearl Harbor in a signal but got no reply; he carried on, the radioactivity increasing as he neared the Philippines.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • If you don’t want me to know why you’re acting like Annie Kate’s radioactive, then you don’t have to tell me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Yet so radioactive were her nerves, so adventurous her trust in rather vaguely conceived sweetness and light, that she was more energetic than any of the hulking young women who, with calves bulging in heavy-ribbed woolen stockings beneath decorous blue serge bloomers, thuddingly galloped across the floor of the "gym" in practise for the Blodgett Ladies’ Basket-Ball Team.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • If she seemed distant before, she now seemed to view him as radioactive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Millions more would die later from the radioactive fallout.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • We were practically radioactive.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • It’s so radioactive that it will get red hot all by itself.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The doctors said she’d died from leukemia, but Mom thought it was radioactive poisoning.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Pressurized air within the complex prevents contamination by radioactive fallout and biological weapons.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • They enter the Buy ’n’ Fly’s nimbus of radioactive blue security light.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The remaining malakhim and even Max’s clones backed away from the boy as if he were radioactive.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It was radioactive green, with a pattern of hollow squares, like yellow leopard spots, all along its length.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
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