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Ultraviolet Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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Book 1 of 2 in the Ultraviolet Series

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Editorial Reviews


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R. J. Anderson isn't trying to hide that she's female, she just thinks initials look cool. According to her mother she started reading spontaneously at the age of two; all she knows is that she can't remember a single moment of her life when she wasn't obsessed with stories. She grew up reading C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa, and hanging out in her brothers' comic book shop. By the age of nineteen she had written her first novel, an epic fantasy/SF crossover featuring a spacefaring librarian, a herd of unicorns with poison horns and razor-sharp hooves, and a sword-wielding princess cursed with fatal beauty. Mercifully, Ultraviolet is not that novel.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ultraviolet (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761374086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761374084
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. J. (Rebecca) Anderson isn't trying to pretend she's not female, she just thinks her initials look writerly. The daughter of a Bible teacher who read Tolkien and Lewis aloud to his children, she grew up daydreaming about Narnia and Middle-Earth, watching DOCTOR WHO from behind the sofa, and hanging out in her brothers' comic book shop. Now she writes novels about knife-wielding faeries, weird science, and the numinous in the modern world.

Her debut novel KNIFE was longlisted for the Carnegie Award in 2009 and became a UK bestseller; it and its sequels REBEL and ARROW are now being re-released in US paperback and e-book by Enclave Publishing. Her teen thriller ULTRAVIOLET (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Andre Norton (Nebula) award and the Sunburst Award for Canadian SF, and was followed by a companion novel, QUICKSILVER (2013). Her newest book is a magical mystery-adventure called A POCKET FULL OF MURDER (Atheneum, September 2015)

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Format: Hardcover
Ultraviolet is one of those sneaky books that makes you think you're reading one thing and then all the sudden, whoosh, you're off on a different adventure. I think many of us who spend a lot of time in the paranormal genre have come to expect a certain story structure from these types of books, but this one has no problem bending all the rules and leaping out to explore other dimensions. Be careful as reviews start to come in, however, because the less you know about this story, the more you'll enjoy it.

The book starts off with a bang: Alison has been institutionalized in a teen mental facility because she's confessed to killing Tori, a girl from school. The problem is, Ali watched her classmate disintegrate in front of her...and the body has disappeared. Since Ali's also seeing colors and tasting lies, she doesn't know whether she's really going crazy or not. She is isolated from her friends and family, she can't relate to the other kids in the facility, and she's being pressured by the police and her psychiatrist to give up information she knows will hurt her. The only one she can turn to is the handsome Dr. Faraday, who helps her understand her synesthesia, an unusual neurological condition in which she processes certain letters as colors, sees symbols where they don't exist, etc.

The author spends a lot of time carefully easing us into a familiarity with Alison's condition and making us feel for her situation, and for the longest time I wasn't even sure if she was ever going to make it out of the institution since her mother keeps finding excuses to not to see her. It took me a little while to adjust to her condition as well, but once I settled in I really enjoyed seeing the world through Ali's sensations, even though I wasn't sure where the story was going.
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Format: Hardcover

I LOVED this book!

Alison wakes up in a mental hospital and begins trying to piece together how she got there and what happened. She thinks she made Tori (a girl she can't stand) disintegrate.

Not only that, Alison sees sounds (literally) and can taste feelings, although she refuses to tell anyone she can do this. The descriptions in this story were beautifully written. I felt like I could actually see and taste everything Alison did.

Dr. Faraday arrives and begins helping Alison figure out just what is going on with her and the story just completely twists (and not in a way I even could have thought).

The story line was simply phenomenal. I thought I could predict what was going to happen, but it just kept throwing in twists and turns and literally made me gasp quite a few times.

What I loved about this book was that it made me experience a variety of emotions: fear, anxiety, rage, anguish, love, wistfulness.

I love when I can completely connect with a book and this one did it for me.

I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it in one sitting. This is one I will definitely re-read, because even though I know what happens, it's too good not to read again!

I received this book for free from Lerner Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Paperback
CBR III Review #88: Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Alison wakes up from a semi-conscious state to find herself in a hospital about to be moved to a mental institution. Her memory starts to slowly return to her and all she can remember is fighting with fellow student Victoria Beaugrand outside the school. As you get to know Alison you realize she has a weird condition. Alison can taste letters and every letter has a specific color assigned to it. Sound also resonates inside her. She is convinced that this gift somehow killed Victoria by reducing Victoria to atoms.

For those of you that are familiar with psychology the first part of the story wont be a huge surprise to you, but it's interesting to watch Alison recognize her condition and you root for her to learn how to cope with it. However, once the author starts to explain what happened to Victoria the story takes a gigantic leap into left field. I even double checked to make sure I was reading the same book.

I really loved the first part of the novel as Alison learns about her condition and the other patients brought some depth to the novel. The relationship between Alison and her mom is heartbreaking and I was really enjoying the novel then came the last few chapters.

The direction, tone, and genre of the book changes from a coming of age story (with a dash of murder mystery) into a completely different story. I don't think I have ever used the expression "jump the shark" but if I was going to apply it to something I would apply it to Ultraviolet. I just feel like the ending should have been somewhat alluded to or more time had been spent explaining it.

I really enjoyed the first part of Ultraviolet so I struggle if I should recommend it to people or not, but hell go for it. I will give you a cookie if you can guess the ending or if anyone else saw that coming.

This title will be released September 1, 2011.
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Format: Hardcover
Alison has always had a secret, one that if found out, everyone will think she is crazy. She's always been very careful to keep her differences hidden, but when a girl disintegrates right in front of her, she snaps. Her worst fears come true as she is confined to a mental institution. She rallies against her family and her doctors as they are keeping her there against her will and she will do anything to get out of there. Yet she can't explain what happened right in front of her and has to wonder herself is she hasn't finally gone off the deep end because people don't just disappear.

This book takes right off in the thick of things with Alison waking up in a mental hospital. I cannot imagine the horror of that, especially since she had no real memory of what had happened. She just felt so trapped and my heart wept for her. I was so torn between agreeing with her that the psych doctors were really the enemy and them actually being right. When I forced myself to take a step back and look at it, I realized that while Alison definitely wasn't crazy she also needed some help. Her violent episodes, no matter the cause still needed help of some sort so she could learn to control her outbreaks. It really made for an interesting read as I was on both sides of the fence the entire time, especially since it was so easy to care for Alison.

Okay, so the book was going really well and had a great momentum going right until the 3/4 mark and it was like the brakes were slammed and went in a COMPLETELY different direction. Like change of genre type, that's how big it was. It just made the whole thing seem quite unbelievable. I realize that might sound a little funny considering all I read is fantasy and paranormal stuff, but it was just the extremely abrupt change that didn't seem to work.
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