Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Review: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

 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?

It's difficult to fully review this book without giving anything away, but I'll try.  Ultraviolet was one crazy ride.  (pun intended)  Alison is in a mental institution, she thinks she's killed someone, but doesn't quite know how.  She sees strange colors, tastes sounds, hears lies.  Too much stimuli sends her running for solitude.  

The first part of the book where Alison is in the institution is interesting.  Alison tries to hide her "peculiarities" as she learns to interact with the patients and medical staff.  She starts out hiding within herself, but begins to relate better as she meets a medical student who diagnoses her problems. 

The story seems to be moving right along throughout, when suddenly it takes a huge curve.  I can't say what it is for fear of ruining the ending, but I will tell you that I just didn't care for it.  There were no hints, subtle clues, nothing that would pave the way toward this revelation that comes.  It was just too out of the blue for me, with an abrupt ending that left me feeling unsatisfied. 

Still, I think the first part in the institution is probably good enough to give this a read.  Also, I see other reviews, where people loved the whole book, so this decision will have to be up to you.

 *Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 3 Bookworms.

Hardcover:  306 pages
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; 1 edition (September 2011)
ISBN-10:  0761374086
ISBN-13:  978-0761374084

Paperback:  416 pages
Publisher:  Orchard Books
ISBN-10: 1408312751

ISBN-13:  978-1408312759


1 comment:

  1. Sometimes twists are a good thing and sometimes they aren't. Great review.