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Ultraviolet [Paperback]

R J Anderson
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2 Jun 2011

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?

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814271144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408312759
  • ASIN: 1408312751
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R.J. Anderson (known to her friends as Rebecca) was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. Now married and a mother of three, Rebecca reads to her sons the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and tries to bring a similar sense of adventure and timeless wonder to the novels she writes for children and young adults.

Her first novel KNIFE (known as SPELL HUNTER in the US) was longlisted for the Carnegie Award and also won the 2011 Concorde Book Award; it and the subsequent faery novels REBEL (known as WAYFARER in the US), ARROW and SWIFT have gone on to become bestsellers in the UK. ULTRAVIOLET, a psychological thriller for older teens, was released in June 2011 and will be followed by a companion novel, QUICKSILVER, in May 2013.

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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)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 7 Jun 2011
The setting of Ultraviolet is something I have never seen done before. The majority of the book is set in a mental institution which makes for interesting reading. The characters which are found here all have a different `condition' or problems, making them varied and quite colourful at the same time. Some of the slightly more outspoken of the bunch made the story comical when it really shouldn't have been, although this was no bad thing. The people being treated know exactly what they are in there for and some of them just make a big joke about it which enabled a lighter feel in places.

Before I started this book, I had no idea what to expect. No one else I know had read it yet and I refused to read any reviews on Goodreads so nothing was spoilt for me. As you can see from the synopsis, it sounds like a mystery more than anything else but there is really so much more to it than that. At a particular point in the book, everything changes and all of the little pieces of the puzzle click into place. This was not something I was expecting at all and something that I would have never seen coming in a million years. It takes so much to truly shock me in books but R.J. Anderson managed the near impossible. I was speechless and sat staring at the pages with my jaw on the floor!

Although the story has quite a slow pace, I couldn't imagine it any other way. After a traumatic experience, Alison needed time to figure out what was happening and for everything else about the story to unfold. I loved how different little details were explored and how the story unfolded. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, a surprise or two was thrown in and I was completely thrown off track.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered and well written. 28 Jun 2011
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
It was the short blurb which made me pick up this book, but it was the level of writing which had me reading it over the course of just two days. Although this is apparently classified as a YA novel, I would say it's more than suitable for us older readers as well.

I have to say, being in the YA section, and stating that Tori disintegrated, I was a little concerned that it would stray into the realm of paranormal fantasy, considering it's popularity, but I'm glad to say it didn't. In fact, the ending goes into the sci-fi realm, which was surprising, but actually worked. It's a risky twist, and not necessarily needed, but it certainly adds a fast moving finish, and the way it's written means it just seems to make sense. Plus, it may not actually be quite what it seems....

The main part of the story, however, deals with Alison's experience of her apparent mental health issues, and her breakdown. She spends much of her time in a psychiatric unit for younger people, where she meets some interesting, varied characters. All the time though, we are encouraged to question our perceptions and judgements. Alison herself is a fascinating character, very well written, and rather loveable. Even within her unusual circumstances, she experiences friendship, betrayal and even love - but all done in a subtle way, rather than teenage angst.

Overall, this is a book which brings something a little different to the YA market. It's multi-layered and well written. It was great to read, but more importantly has stayed with me, and even grown in my estimation. Highly recommended, unless you feel the sci-fi twist is not for you.. although I'd still say give it a try!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultraviolet 28 Jun 2011
Ultraviolet didn't appeal to me at first, I think it was mainly because of the cover, which I dislike. A couple of blogger friends recommended it to me, so I started reading it and I was immediately hooked. The writing in Ultraviolet is beautiful and works really well for the story. Alison can taste, feel and/or see the colours of various things - numbers, colours, emotions, sounds. I felt as if I could too due to the beautifully descriptive writing.

The story isn't fast paced and most of it is spent in Ali's head, descovering the world behind the walls of the mental facility whilst trying to piece together her memory. I didn't mind this as Mental Asylums fascinate me. The action picks up a lot during the last 100 pages and it feels different too as there's different settings etc. After spending so long viewing the world inside the walls, being thrown into new environments felt as weird to me as it did to Ali.

''Dark chocolate, poured over with velvet: that was how his voice tasted. I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life.''

Dr Faraday's character was certainly my favourite in this and he's pretty central to the plot. Plus he's hot. That helps. The other characters, although background, are pretty awesome too. You have Kirk, who latches into Ali as soon as she arrives in the new ward and helps her adjust, Sanjay, who believes in Aliens and thinks they're out to get him and Micheline, who's basically just pissed at everything.

This book is definitely worth the read this year, especially if you like mysterious stories that keep you guessing right until the end and I'd defnitely say that this is one of my favourite reads this year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Too science fiction for me I much prefer her Knife series I have read all of them they are superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Read it for my book club and thought it was fantastic. Read it in one sitting, not my normal kind of book at all, so I was astonished to enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
One of those confusing books which starts off as one thing and unexpectedly turns into something else. I love sci-fi, yet I found that section the least interesting part. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna Buttimore
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two books?
I enjoyed this interesting book of two halves which changed from a book about a teenager with mental health issues because of her upbringing to a science fiction novel. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding, deep, enticing.
Ultraviolet is one of those books that I saw everywhere. All of my blogging friends and people I follow loved it, pretty much. Read more
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