Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Review: Ultraviolet [Ultraviolet #1] by R.J. Anderson

Title: Ultraviolet
Author: R.J. Anderson
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Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Ultraviolet #1
Source: RAK from Belle Books
Publisher: Orchard
Publication Date: 2nd June 2011
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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?
My Thoughts
I have picked Ultraviolet up a few times in my local shops and read the back but didn't find it interesting enough to want to buy it. I will raise my hand and say I was very mistaken.

After we get past the first few paragraphs I found myself really interested in Alison and how she sees/hears things in colours. It was fascinating to see how she describes numbers, letters, names, sounds although I probably wouldn't want it myself.
I really love how R.J.Anderson has based her book around a subject I have never heard of, and as soon as the medical name was given Synesthesia I googled it's meaning straight away.
I felt sorry for Allison, she never knew what was wrong with her for a long time and was told from a young age not to mention it to anybody or talk about it at all, and she has gone through her life hiding part of who she is.
R. J. Anderson has built a world around one medical word and it's easy to fall straight into it and feel the ups and downs of Alison's life.  When she finally gets her diagnosis you are happy that Alison has the relief needed to know she isn't insane and that there really is something wrong with her.
Although Alison doesn't get her big Happy Ever After, I really liked how it ended.

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