Sunday, 5 August 2012

Ultraviolet - R.J. Anderson

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

But 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 popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving hard to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori - the next Tori 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...

*Spoilers in red
Before you think otherwise. No. This book is not about a murder. There's no murder scene or anything, there's an explanation for it.
This book is about Alison's struggle to find Tori and it gives you an insight into the mind of someone who you may otherwise think of as 'weird.'
The way Alison sees the world around her actually made me wonder what it would be like if you were like her, because Alison is a synesthete which means she has different senses to people without it. For example, Alison also puts the numbers of the chapters as what they are; Zero (is translucent), One (is grey), Two (is red), Three (is yellow), etc. which made me wonder what it would be like to see words and taste sound and to have different senses altogether. It also shows Alison's struggle as all her life she has thought she was different in a bad way but then she learns she's not and so does her family.
I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. She does go into a mental institution but she still faces trials even in the 'safe' environment. If you read this book then I guarantee you will hate the idea of it because just seeing how little (well, none) freedom they get makes you want Alison to get out because you know she doesn't belong in there.
The aliens bit could be considered as far-fetched by some people, but I just soaked it up to be honest. I didn't bother thinking about 'whats' and 'ifs,' I just read it, although I've read so many stories about wizards, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, faeries, etc. that it didn't really seem that far-fetched to me.

Title and Front Cover: 10/10  Wow. Amazing picture and title.
Blurb: 10/10  Although it doesn't say much about the actual story, it makes you want to learn more.
Characters: 8/10  Amazing. I really didn't like *cough* hated *cough* some characters but that shows the author's good at creating them.
Plot: 9/10  Good but could've been more explanation towards the whole aliens thing.
Ending: 9/10  I would have given it less because I would also like an epilogue so I could find out what happened to her, put I have just found out - literally 5 minutes ago - that there's a sequel, Quicksilver, coming out in November and I can't wait!

Overall = 10/10

1 comment:

  1. OMG this book looks sooo good! I must read this :)



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