Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson (8/10)

Title: Ultraviolet
Author: RJ Anderson
Publisher: Orchard Books (A division of Hachette Publishers)

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?
This was a reread for me and from that perspective, it was interesting watching the plot unfold while knowing exactly what was going to happen.

I really loved this book. It was atmospheric and the descriptions were so vivid, I felt like I could understand Alison as a character and what a person with her unique condition must experience. She has synesthesia and this causes her senses to be mixed up. As an example, she experiences colours as taste.

There are so many interesting disturbed characters as the setting is a mental hospital and they each added to the scope of the novel. It really made me think about what one must experience having some sort of mental instability or condition. Kind of like that 90's movie Girl Interrupted with Winona Ryder.

The book would have been a perfect ten, had it not been for the rushed ending and odd twist.I will, however, be eager to see what develops in the sequel, due out this year.

Rating 8/10