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Ultraviolet Hardcover – September 1, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Ultraviolet Series

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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 --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.

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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 (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution and quickly remembers why she's here: she freaked out, assaulted a cop, and confessed to murdering her classmate Tori. Not just murdering, either. Disintegrating. Alison knows what she saw, what she did--unless, of course, she's crazy. But the cops can't find Tori. And Alison has always been able to sense things no one else can: the color of sounds and scents, the taste of names. Maybe her abilities finally culminated in the power to vaporize someone.

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.
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