Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet #1)

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

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?

Synopsis by Goodreads.

Ultraviolet is a rare gem.  It is the best of rare gems: the ones that peek at you from under useless items and artifacts, and the ones that are buried deep in the earth hidden from human sight.  

When I first picked up Ultraviolet, I did so nonchalantly.   The cover wasn't spectacular and the synopsis left much to be desired.  It pricked my interest, but I had no idea what I was walking into with this book.  Ultraviolet was absolutely delightful!  

The descriptions are vivid and insightful; they are full of color and sound and music.  Even the chapter titles were cleverly crafted.

The book begins with Alison killing Tori.  One minute they are fighting, the next, Tori is disintegrating.  And Alison's mind shatters into pieces.  When she regains consciousness, Alison is deemed "unsafe" by her family and is put into a mental institution.  Alison battles with herself: should she return home, and risk hurting someone else?  Or should she stay at the institution, where she belongs?  It isn't until she meets the handsome Dr. Faraday that she makes a startling revelation.  She has a rare neurological phenomenon called synesthesia, a condition where she sees numbers in color and sounds as light and shapes.  Together, they try to uncover what really happened the day Tori died.  And not all is what it seems.

Anderson brilliantly weaves a tale of mystery and romance.  Alison is a likable character with real flaws and faults.  Throughout the novel we watch Alison change and grow into a stronger individual.

Then comes the twist.  The story beautifully morphs into a new creature, and a whole new world is opened up to the readers.  Though the novel ends faster than a reader might anticipate, it certainly leaves the audience craving for the next book in the series.

Awesome read!

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