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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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 31mm | 394g
  • Orchard Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408312751
  • 9781408312759
  • 81,823

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An incredibly rich book...Anderson's writing is effortless and compelling...complex, deep and wonderfully written. Birmingham Post 20110609
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An incredibly rich book...Anderson's writing is effortless and compelling...complex, deep and wonderfully written. * Birmingham Post * An incredibly rich book that is packed with mystery and hints of paranormal... Effortless and compelling. * Birmingham Post * Completely unlike any teen novel you've read. * SugarScape * I'm a huge fan of teenage and genre-busting books like Ultraviolet. * Derby Telegraph *
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About R.J. Anderson

Rebecca Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. She is the bestselling author of KNIFE and REBEL and ARROW.
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9,423 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 27% (2,580)
4 35% (3,300)
3 26% (2,421)
2 9% (855)
1 3% (267)

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(Source: I purchased a used copy of this book from Awesomebooks.com.) Alison has always been different, and her mother has always hated her for it. Now her mother has proof that Alison is crazy though, as Alison has possibly killed the most popular girl in school (Tori), and has ended up in a psychiatric hospital because of it. Alison's real secret is that she sees sounds, hears colours, and tastes feelings. She's always been this way, and has always hidden it from people. Now she's worried that she really did kill Tori, and that the sensory overload that she has been experiencing since is directly related. The police and searchers haven't found a trace of where Tori went though, and Alison finds hope in the form of a psychologist (Faraday), who leads her to believe that she has nothing to feel guilty about. What happened to Tori though? What is the cause of Alison's secret? And can there ever be a happy ending for a girl in a mental hospital? This was a good YA story about a girl who had paranormal talents, and who doubted her own sanity. The storyline didn't go in exactly the direction I was expecting though! Alison was so fragile at the start of this book. She knew that she had always been different, and feared what would happen if people knew her secret. She was also truly afraid that she had somehow killed Tori, even though she didn't know how, but also didn't believe she was mentally ill. Alison's fears were very real to her, and it was really interesting to see the thought processes she went through as she tried to work out what had happened. There was an element of romance in this book, as Alison found herself falling in love with her psychologist -Faraday. I personally did not get this though! I really didn't get what she saw in him at all, or why she was so attracted to him! She was falling in love, and I was thinking 'what?' and 'She really should NOT be trusting him'. I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the supernatural aspect to Alison's secret, and how her condition was then given a real diagnosis! What I wasn't expecting was where the last 25% of this story took us. It's difficult to say much without giving spoilers, so I won't give any specifics, but let's just say that I totally wasn't expecting what was revealed to Alison, and what happened thereafter! It was pretty strange, and not the average occurrence in a paranormal book! The ending was also a little strange, and I'm wondering where the author will go with the next book in the series. Overall; a good YA paranormal read, with a bit of a strange twist at the end. 7 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson centres around Alison, who has been placed into a psychiatric facility in connection with the disappearance of a school-mate. The story initially follows Alison as she comes to terms with her current predicament and attempts to make sense of her partial memory loss, and the strange and overwhelming sensations flooding her brain. Consultation with the young, handsome Dr Faraday reveals Alison to be experiencing synesthesia - a neurological condition in which multiple senses are stimulated for single sensory input - and this has contributed to her recent difficulties. The element of science fiction that is thrust into this story happens so unexpectedly that on first reading I felt as if the publisher had somehow mistakenly printed halves of two different books into the one binding. I won't give any clues here as to the nature of the fantastical element that is injected into the story because while it was a surprise to me, I felt the sudden change of direction enhanced the overall narrative. Thus, revealing it may take away from the experience of first-time readers. Anderson has created here a very different and engaging novel that combines well-drawn characters with a sufficiently intriguing setting. The unexpected twist in the tale happens late enough in the piece to ensure that readers have cast their lot in with the main characters and will happily suspend disbelief for the ride to the finish. I highly recommend this novel for teens (anyone, really) looking for something a bit different.show more
by thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com
As regular followers of the blog will know, I've been doing my bestest to tackle my TBR pile over the last few weeks. This is largely due to the fact that I've recently quit my job as an English Teacher and accepted a job as a librarian, so I can't afford to indulge my ridiculous book-buying habit any more! It's also because I signed up to the 2012 TBR Challenge and I need to whittle down the enormous list! Ultraviolet has been on the To-Be-Read list for nearly a year now. I picked it up as the blurb was intriguing, the title was strong and I'd read a few good reviews. While I wasn't exactly disappointed by this book, It didn't really blow my socks off and it's not a read which will stick with me for long. It's been a week since I finished it and already elements of the story have escaped me. I'm actually struggling for anything much to write about... Let''s see. Alison's condition is interesting. She has synaesthesia and so is sensitive to things which the rest of us tend to overlook. I felt intrigue was well established in the beginning of the book. I liked the way the doctors she saw in the institute took all of her efforts to be "normal" as evidence of insanity. This was frustrating but engaging for the reader. However, I felt that the description of life in the institute lacked colour and realism. In fact, a lot of the book lacked realism. I'm a big believer in the rule that science fiction should be realistic. That's not to say that I didn't like it, I did! But it was just "okay". I felt that the first few chapters had a lot of promise. Unfortunately, the rest of the book got weaker and weaker with each chapter and the conclusion was "meh" to say the least. When I started out this review, I thought I'd be giving Ultraviolet three stars. As I write, I can't help but feel that maybe I should aim lower... but I'm going to stick with three stars because it really was decent, just not great. I'm actually a fan of the science fiction genre, and like that this book might bring sci fi to a new younger female audience. So three stars it is!show more
by Laura Williams
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