Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Title: Ultraviolet

Author: R J Anderson

Published: Orchard, 2 June 2011

Pages: 416

First Line: "Once upon a time there was a girl who was special."

Summary: 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?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Ultraviolet is a very colourful novel.  It is in the descriptions, the title and all due to the fact that Alison has synaesthesia (or synesthesia).  I’d heard of it before but I didn’t know too much about it and it made Alison a more interesting character and so the descriptions that R J Anderson used when writing the book were filled with colourful images that spoke to me through the pages.

Ultraviolet is a book I have been obsessing over since I saw the cover and read the description for.  As soon as I’d read that description I knew this was going to be a book that I absolutely loved and adored.  Needless to say I absolutely loved Ultraviolet.  It’s definitely going to be one I’ll remember forever.

Ultraviolet isn’t exactly all you think it would be.  I thought it would be a sort of psychological thriller and in a way it was; until about two thirds of the way into the book when it changed its tune a little bit and without giving away any spoilers, I have to say that it is a change that would not suit everyone.

Not only did I love the colourful descriptions in Ultraviolet but I also loved the characters.  Alison was amazing and I just found her to be someone different from all the usual characters you read about in books.  Some of the characters she meets along the way were also very cool and I thought that R J Anderson developed and wrote her characters in such a convincing way that I couldn’t help but feel I was a part of the story.

The ending of Ultraviolet tied everything up nicely and I just loved it.  Ultraviolet is a different sort of YA novel, and so it may not be for everyone out there.  But if you think it sounds amazing then definitely give this one a read.  I absolutely loved Ultraviolet and I will be raving about it for a long time to come.  In fact, I’ll be reading more books by R J Anderson in the future as she is such a talented author.

Source: NetGalley


  1. Ooh, nice book review, thank you for sharing. I've been seeing a lot of good generated buzz about this book and I might just definitely have to edge it up closer to the top of my to be read at some point, list. :)

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  2. I want to read this book so badly but it isn't out in the US. AHHHH!!!

  3. I read the book, I'm not here to spoil anything, but I wondered what was the name of the guy who um.. was Faraday's friend that was holding a something.. I think his name started with an M..? I need his name for a book report so x3


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