REVIEW: #95 Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes
Title: Ultraviolet (ARC)
Author: R.J. Anderson
Price: $17.95 (HC) $12.95 (EB)
(Taken from back of book) Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori’s body has not been found, and Allison can’t explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated — into nothing.
But that’s impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? But Alison has always been different. Nobody seems to see the world quite the way she does ..
Ultraviolet is genre-bending paranormal YA in which Alison discovers that everything she’s believed about herself and the world is wrong– and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
I received this book from the publisher as a digital ARC. I have never heard of R.J. Anderson as of that moment but my eyes and ears are open now. She has caught my attention. Ultraviolet was very easy to get into and I was hooked from the very beginning. It was such a relief to be able to start a book and not be able to put it down until the end. Even at the end I wanted to read more. I really hope that Anderson is currently writing a sequel.
Alison is a young girl of 16 and she wakes up in the hospital, in the psych unit. She can not remember how she got there; not right away, at least. When the memories return, they don’t make sense. Was she really capable of murder? Weeks had passed since Alison had been admitted to the hospital before she woke up. Now that she has calmed down, she is admitted to Pine Hills Mental Hospital into the Red Ward, for those who are in danger of committing violence against themselves or others. That is, until she is fit for the yellow ward.
Everyone thinks Alison killed Tori, but no one can explain how it happened in the supposed time span. How could a young 16 year old murder another girl her age and hide the body within minutes before returning home? Things just do not ad up. Alison does know that one minute she is fighting with the Tori and the next Tori is being pulled apart in a painful, excruciating way. Then she disappears. Is Alison crazy? No one just disappears. More importantly, did Alison do it? Is this some hidden power manifested within her own being?
I felt that Ultraviolet was done very well. R.J. Anderson put a lot of thought and research into the novel, having bits of truth put in. I have never heard of some of the issues Alison faces, the phenomenons, but they exist. To find out what I am talking about, well — you’ll have to read the book. Those who enjoy paranormal YA will definitely enjoy R.J. Anderson’s, Ultraviolet. I found nothing wrong with the book other than the fact that it ended with me wanting more.