Ultraviolet by R.J.Anderson
Publish Date: September 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?
I read an advanced copy of Ultraviolet a while back via NetGalley. Y'all, I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE this book! First of all, I was sucked into the story right away. From the beginning, the reader is thrown into the mystery of what happened to Tori, the most popular girl at school. Since Alison was the last one seen with her and they were fighting, she's the obvious suspect. After she had a meltdown at her house, Alison is hospitalized and then sent to the mental institution. That's bad enough, but we soon discover that Alison perceives things differently than normal people. She can see colors that no one else can see. She can taste lies, see sounds, and smell emotions. Her mother knows about it and treats her like she's crazy, therefore Alison believes she's crazy.
While Alison tries to unravel the truth behind what happened to Tori, she gets to meet an eccentric cast of characters at the mental institution. They are all fleshed out and believable. There's even a romantic subplot. I won't spoil it for you but, well, let's say it was a little weird at first. However, I was completely drawn in because it's one of those forbidden romances. I LOVE those.
Now I want to warn you, there's a huge plot twist about three fourths of the way into the book. I've read a lot of reviews in which people say WTF, where did that come from? BUT if you play close attention while reading, there are a lot of clues sprinkled throughout. I saw a lot of them, and I thought I wonder if Anderson is going to go THERE. And she did and it made my inner sci-fi nerd soooo happy!
So if you like books with a mystery, quirky characters, and a cool plot twist, you'll more than likely love Ultraviolet.
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