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Ultraviolet Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
If Alison's "abilities" sound familiar to you, well, you've already got one rather large reveal (about 100 pages in) figured out. In the first three quarters of the book, we meet an interesting group of teen residents with various psychological conditions. We experience life in the institution through Alison's fresh, first-person voice (and through her heightened senses), and it's a beautiful voice. There's lovely prose living in these pages.
We also meet young, unconventional Dr. Faraday, a psychologist who takes great interest in Alison's case. He identifies her condition, helps her define her sensory abilities, lets her voice her fears, and insists that she is completely sane. As a confidant to Alison and an enigma to me, Faraday's character is enjoyable.
There's nothing in the majority of this book to indicate it's anything other than a contemporary psychological drama. Fortunately, I had read the back cover, which calls it "traditional science fiction." I read most of the book wondering when the sci-fi element would show up.
And then, show up it did, in spades. And then, far too soon ... the book ended.
To justify the plot, I can only compare this novel to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but the comparison is a compliment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an ok book. The characters are well made and interesting and the descriptions of how Allison views the world are fantastic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sylvia
My teen daughter recommended I read this book. It was hard to put down. A little bit of everything. Great quick read!Published 2 months ago by Tammy Johnson
This book is for sure going to keep you on your toes. It is filled with gigantic plot changers that blow you mind away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Megan bonney
This book was okay.. It wasnt bad but wasnt good-in between..
I thought that this book was interesting how the main character had an interesting not sure what to call it--its... Read more
This is literally the best book I've ever read and there aren't even words to explain how good it is!!!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked this book, yet I find it somewhat difficult to decide on a rating... The premise of the story is interesting, as is the dreamlike feel to it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rikke Lerche
The characters were so poorly developed. The author *tells* the story through dialogue as no reader could predict the ridiculous action. Totally unlikable main character. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Corrina Milito
An amazing insight to all of our deepest darkest fears. Who wants to be labeled as "crazy"? This story transports the reader into the very life of a girl who struggles with... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle Carrell