Series: Ultraviolet #1
Published by Carolrhoda Lab on June 2nd 2011
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori—the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?
Ultraviolet was such a pleasant surprise! I’ve been thinking about this review for a few days because it’s hard to say something about it without giving too much away. It’s one of those books that you just have to go in knowing absolutely nothing. So, I will try my best to keep this short and sweet. 🙂
Ultraviolet is about a girl named Alison who ends up in a mental institute after she has a psychotic break, during which she confesses to murdering a fellow classmate. What makes this book so cool is that she has synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon, which allows her to see sounds and taste colors.
The way Anderson wove this beautiful story had me mesmerized. I fell in love with the way Alison described the world in her senses. I seriously felt like I was watching the Aurora Borealis while reading Ultraviolet.
The plot was solid and left the reader to catch up to the mystery surrounding her classmate’s death. I really enjoyed that because it added to the suspense. I will say that the plot twist was a tad predictable. There was quite a bit of foreshadowing going on, so it wasn’t hard to see where things were going. BUT that did not stop me from really enjoying this book and the ending did surprise me.
Things were tied up nicely in this book at the end, but in this case I’m really hoping there will be a sequel. And I eagerly look forward to any other books from R.J. Anderson!
An ARC was received for reviewing purposes from Net Galley.