Series: Ultraviolet #1
Published by Orchard Books on June 2nd, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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?
Ultraviolet is one of those books that I saw everywhere. All of my blogging friends and people I follow loved it, pretty much. So it was on my radar for a while, but I kept putting it off because… I was scared. Scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But I will never do that again. This book was amazing and I’m pretty much demanding that everyone reads it. Time for a different kind of review.
Are you tired of lackluster writing in YA? Read Ultraviolet.
The darkness behind my eyelids was thick and stank of chemicals, as though someone had poured black oil inside my head. My tongue lay like a dead slug in my mouth, and my limbs felt too heavy to lift.The above passage shows (not counting the prologue) the first paragraphs of Ultraviolet. I just had to read that far and I knew I was getting into something good. Talk about showing, not telling. Talk about amazing imagery. And what an opening! That just sucks you right in. The writing quality never failed to amaze me, with the unique imagery enabled by writing from the perspective of someone with synesthesia producing some of the most amazing passages.
Had I been sick? Was I injured? Or…
My stomach sloshed, rebelling against the thought. I couldn’t be dying. I was only sixteen years old. Yet my skin itched with the coarseness of unfamiliar sheets, and the mattress beneath me felt rubbery. The air was stale and lukewarm. Where else could I be but in a hospital? Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Are you tired of wishy-washy female main characters? Read Ultraviolet.
Yes, I was lonely. But not lonely enough to make myself vulnerable to someone who’d hurt me once and might well do it again. Ultraviolet, R.J. AndersonI wouldn’t go all out and say that Alison is a strong female main character, but she’s absolutely not a pushover. Considering her constant doubts about her sanity and her internal battles, it’s still amazing how much resilience she shows. She’s incredibly intelligent and pensive about how her actions are perceived by others. Considering my love for her and my love for Juliette from Shatter Me, maybe I should look into some more “main characters questioning their sanity” books. It’s just such a deep and thorough characterization that I love. (And Alison is much stronger than Juliette, for the Shatter Me dislikers.)