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Almost seventeen-year-old Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a psychiatric facility accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, c2011
ISBN: 9780761374084
Characteristics: 306 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm


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Nov 21, 2018

Ultraviolet is about Alison, a girl with extraordinary senses who wakes up in a mental institution, realizing that she had confessed to killing a fellow student. But she can’t remember what happened to her. Is it all some sort of misunderstanding, or is Alison capable of far more than she would ever want to be? This book had plenty of surprises to keep me on my toes, even if I did see a few of them coming. But still, I didn’t really know what kind of story I was reading until I finished the book. Alison’s flaws and character development, which impede her journey more than anything, makes her easy to connect with. Plus, R. J. Anderson captures Alison’s condition in a way that... seems realistic. It feels like he captures how people with extraordinary senses would feel in real life. And I should know. But it’s also just plain fun to read. I give this book an 11/10.
@R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Sep 09, 2018

The first half of the book was interesting, but as I progressed through, it's enjoyability rate when down. The romance is forced and the guy of which the main character loves comes a bit late in the story. The plot is okay, more of a science-fiction with alien people. The last half of the book was the least I was hoping for.

Apr 05, 2018

This was a very creatively written book. I love the way that Alison's senses were presented and the exquisite imagery that was accomplished through them. I can't wait to read the next book!

ArapahoeErika Aug 08, 2016

The imagery and language used in this novel is so vivid that you too feel as if you can taste words, be swept away by a letter or number, know a person just by the letters in their name, be so overwhelmed by language you feel the true magic inherit in it. Alison is a gift of a heroine that you'll root for through every page. You'll want to steal her away and protect her from a world she is too gifted for. This novel is a gift and I cannot recommend it enough!

0Charlie Feb 22, 2016

I enjoyed most of this work - there is a nice slow build as the character comes to understand her condition, some interesting revelations about characters and memories, a harrowing feeling as she struggles to survive in the hospital. Unfortunately, I felt that the final secret did not match up to the realism of the rest of the story. A little disappointing.

Aug 16, 2014

Although Ultraviolet has a unique plot line and is quite well written, I personally was much happier with the first half of the story. Still, I am definitely not part of the target audience for this book and I do think Ultraviolet would appeal to a younger, sci-fi minded audience.

Feb 07, 2014

This book started out good but then took an unlikely turn of events n2 an alien origin book. Wasn't expecting that.

Jun 26, 2012

This was the weirdest mash of sci-fi and paranormal. The blurb said "genre-bending", but I wouldn't exactly call it that; it's more like the various elements were almost the same, but didn't mesh perfectly. It actually didn't detract from the novel, though, because you could tell it was very ambitious, so you just went along with it.

The first half of Ultraviolet is somewhat predictable: protag wakes up in hospital, gets committed to crazy ward, spends a third of time trying to get out. It's a good thing that the murder of Victoria throws things for a loop. The clash of Alison's memories with what the world tells her makes for a good atmosphere in the ward, and the friends and not-so-friends she makes also help the time she spends there realistic, and not too bleak in the "pity-me-I'm-stuck-here-without-anyone-on-my-side" way.

When the technology and real sci-fi aspects of the novel kick in, the out-of-this-worldness (literally) may throw some readers for a loop who haven't been expecting such hard-and-fast science, though Alison's synesthesia and subtle powers do set up the stage. The romance is deep, almost lush, and I'd call it intense -- but not in the way where 16-year-olds find their soul mate. It's a mature romance, which is unusual for YA but a wonderful change. It also helps the reader get more connected with Alison, since previously she's focused on getting out of the ward and obsessing over Tori's death.

Watch out for the ending -- it's bittersweet, and if you enjoy the all's-well-that-ends-well kind of story... I still think you should read this. It's thought-provoking and a refreshing deviation from all the paranormal out there.


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