Author: R. J. Anderson
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Release Date: 09/01/2011
When I read the synopsis for Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson on NetGalley, I assumed it was a paranormal story, which is why I requested it. As it turns out, it isn’t really all that paranormal until towards the end, but I was not at all disappointed by this. Ultraviolet turned out to be completely enthralling without the paranormal aspect that usually draws me to YA books.
The story revolves around Alison, a 16-year old girl who believes she killed the most popular girl in school, Tori. Not only does Alison think she killed Tori, but she firmly believes she actually disintegrated the girl. Tori did seem to disappear off the face of the earth, and Alison was the last person to see her. It doesn’t help that Alison had Tori’s blood on her hands when she came flying into her house in a total fit of rage. The next thing Alison knows, she’s waking up in a mental ward, being shipped off to another mental hospital for teenagers suffering a range of mental conditions.
Alison struggles to prove she’s sane while questioning that fact herself. She hides her unique abilities from her psychiatrist and everyone else because she was taught to do so long ago by a seemingly cold and unfeeling mother. Alison isn’t a vampire, werewolf, or ghost whisperer. She’s really not all that paranormal at all. She’s a synesthete someone who can hear colors, taste words, and see sounds. While this is a very real condition, Alison’s is amplified a bit more than a typical synesthete. Alison doesn’t even know that her condition has a name, let alone is fairly common (1 in 23 people have some form of synethesia, according to the author) until a mysterious scientist comes into her life.
R. J. Anderson really brings synesthesia to life through Alison’s descriptions. I really did find myself understanding how a number can be a color, how a voice could taste like chocolate, and how other senses could kick in cause something as simple as a song to become a full sensory experience. Those descriptions alone were so beautifully written and impressive that I wasn’t at all upset to find that I wasn’t reading the traditional paranormal story that I was expecting. In fact, I’m very happy that I misinterpreted the synopsis, otherwise I may have passed up this great story that, at its heart, is really about a young girl trying to figure out who and what she is, and whether or not she’s normal or completely insane. I can totally relate!
This sounds like an interesting book.
Uh….wow! As a HUGE Nora Roberts fan I usually miss books like this. Looks like it me and amazon.com today!!!!
Sharon from voiceBoks.com
I love Nora Robert’s’ supernatural trilogies! The Key series and the Three Sisters Island were my favorites. I’m not as much into her regular romance novels, but she does a great job with the paranormal, witchy stuff!
Thanks for the great book review. I am always looking for more books to read. Only wish I had more time to read them! I found you through VoiceBoks and am now a follower! (Am already a follower on Twitter and Facebook)
Yankee Texan Mom
Great, now i have to find time to read ANOTHER book! Thanks for the recommendation – this sounds like a fantastic vacation read (while the grandparents are playing with the kids!). Found you on VoiceBoks!
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this book is really a surprise! i liked it 🙂
im reading ultraviolet at the moment and it is amazing. i mean wen i got the book my mum said that its not for my age (13) but i started reading it 2 days ago and im going to finnish it 2day. ive heard of synesthesia before in my english lessons and wen i started reading the book i was thing of it but couldnt fin the word. but now i have to give this to my english teacher to read. Also I have to find more RJ Anderson book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!