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Review of Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

by - April 20, 2018

Genres: Sci-Fi, Romance
Pages: 415
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: 02/06/2011
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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? 

When Alison meets Dr Faraday, a visiting psychologist, she feels an instant connection. More, he believes her story. But there's more to Faraday than Alison can possibly imagine... and the answers he will give her are... extraordinary ... 

I first read this book in 2011 and the fact that I actually remembered most of the plot 7 years later says just how much I enjoyed it. It's a simple enough story about Alison, a girl who is sent a psychiatric ward after a girl from school disappears - a girl that Alison swears she's killed. Alison is unusual though - her synesthesia means that she taste lies, numbers have colours and fire alarms are excruciatingly painful.

A big reason why I enjoyed this book is a 6 foot 3 man sized package called Sebastian Faraday, who is very close to the number 1 spot for all tme favourite book boyfriends (Arin from The Winner's Trilogy takes the top spot every time). He enters the book abit later than everyone else and helps Alison research her synesthesia and what might have happened to Tori, the girl she says she killed.

I like that the book keeps you guessing, it's difficult to work out if Alison is crazy or if there's more to it than that. We get our answers at the end of the story and I thought that it was pretty well done too. There's enough at the end of the book to make you want to pick up the next book, without forcing a frustrating cliffhanger.

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  1. I think I've got this somewhere on my TBR -- it sounds so intriguing!


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