Friday, February 01, 2013

Hit Everything On the Spectrum: REVIEW of ULTRAVIOLET by R. J. Anderson

ULTRAVIOLET (Ultraviolet #1) 
By R. J. Anderson

Published June 2, 2011 by Orchard

4.2 Stars (4 on Goodreads)
Find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other bookstores

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?

What a mind bending, heart crushing rush! I read this back in April 2012 but I hadn't had a chance to give it a review. And man does it ever deserve one! All I could think of after I read it was "Mine, Mine, Mine!" Hold it, hug it and possibly snuggle with it like a teddy bear late at night. It was just that fantastic. And yes... I know I am incredibly weird.

Anderson throws you so far in one direction and then gives you neck brace wearing whiplash shooting you into another. Seriously, I think my brain had bruises. We find Alison having all these sensory issues and memory loss. I was completed enthralled by the vividly tactile and visual imagery. It was a completely new concept for supernatural abilities and I think a standing ovation for the author is required. **Standing up clapping hands vigorously** Ali can taste lies and feelings, everything has multi sensory inputs. Letters have colors. Completely blew my mind. 


She is terrified about what happened to her classmate and isolated from friends and family. Her mother skips out on visits and she meets a handsome Doctor fascinated in her condition and passionate about working with her.

I don't want to put out any spoilers so all I can say is whatever preconceived notions you might have, just leave them at the front door. Honestly, I have never been so shocked reading in my entire life. That is enough right there to recommend the book.

Romance is not the focal point in this novel, and you might think its the instant brand. However, I think Anderson created enough of a connection between the two characters that it is plausible. Made me reach for my tissues and blow my nose, so you know it had tension and emotional pull. It was refreshing not be reading a love triangle. My one nit pick is that we needed more of their relationship once the book completely turned on its head. Sorry, this book is so dynamic I can't tell you without spoiling the whole thing. The plot so twisted that I think I sprained something trying to keep up. 

Nit picks of the book: the short length of the romance and the character, Tori. Tori is so run of the mill that even with the events surrounding her she stays flat as a pancake. The real antagonist doesn't show up till the very end.. which I'll call as a draw. Anderson really couldn't introduce that character beforehand. You may or not like the writing style, but I felt it was a tad flat when dealing with items other than her senses. Maybe it was the dialogue. It's hard to put a name to it.

Ali is desperately trying to figure herself out, her place in this world and her future. 

It's more of a NA book than YA due to the personal insights and lack of adolescent feel. The mystery of it all is as thick a redwood tree out in California. You feel like you're running into it over and over trying to figure out the clues. May be frustrating but that is the tremendous beauty of it. And if you love mysteries.. you are going to LOVE this one.

Definitely worth reading and I'm very excited for QUICKSILVER, book two, due out May 2, 2013.