Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

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“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 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 Alison 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? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison’s case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.


About R. J. Anderson

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R. J. Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, schooled in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely. At the age of twelve she borrowed her parents' electric typewriter and began hammering out her first fantasy novel. Now married and a mother of three, Rebecca reads to her children the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and she tries to bring a similar sense of humor, adventure, and timeless wonder to her own work. She is also the author of Wayfarer, Arrow, and the teen psychological thriller Ultraviolet.
Published September 1, 2011 by Carolrhoda Lab TM. 316 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Confused, conflicted, fighting the deadening effects of medication, Alison is desperate to leave the hospital yet fearful of what she might do if freed.

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet


Plot - 5 bookmarks Character Development - 5 bookmarks Sci-Fi Elements - 4 1/2 bookmarks Love Story - 4 1/2 bookmarks Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Kay Panabaker (Allison), Penn Badgley (Sebastian Faraday), Leven Rambin (Tori), Logan Lerman (Kirk), Igbal Theba...

May 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet


No spoilers, but this book is science fiction – and though I don’t have the highest opinion of the genre, this book is very character driven and does not use the science fiction aspect as a cheap gimmick.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet


He claims to be conducting studies and enlightens Alison to her synesthesia, as well as a complementary condition known as tetrachromacy, where an organism can see four primary colors instead of three.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

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The Bookbag

Suffice it to say that Alison's synaesthesia isn't the only unusual thing going on and that this book is going to get filed under the paranormal YA genre so popular at the moment - even though it isn't really paranormal.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

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Sixteen-year-old Alison Jeffries awakens in the psych ward of a hospital, and is soon transferred to a treatment center for “youth in crisis.” The police, meanwhile, believe Alison knows something about the disappearance of her classmate, Tori.

Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

The Overflowing Library

It isn't until an external therapist comes to the centre to work with Alison that any kind of explanation for why she is the way she is starts to unfold and things start to get better for Alison.

Jun 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

CLP Teensburgh

When Alison was questioned by the police, Alison told them that Tori had simply ‘disintergrated’ right before her eyes.

Mar 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

Book Blogs

My one nit pick is that we needed more of their relationship once the book completely turned on its head.

Feb 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Ultraviolet

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