Book Review: Ultraviolet

Posted April 11, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments

Book Review: UltravioletUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Series: Ultraviolet #1
Published by Orchard on June 2nd 2011
Genres: paranormal, science fiction, young adult
Pages: 410
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two-stars

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?

Wacky, Wacky, Wacky.

This book should come with huge flashing lights and a warning. “I am not what you think I am. I am a sci-fi novel. Despite what you may read in the first two thirds of the book, ultimately I will throw a twist at you that is so ridiculous and out of left field that you would not be able to believe it if it hit you in the face at one hundred miles per hour.” Yes I am serious. And no, I did not like it. Which really sucks because despite my insane dislike for this novel, it did have some positive attributes.

The writing was good. Really good. The author has a great way with words and the book had a beautiful flow to it. I really liked the main-character Alison. I thought she was pretty awesome actually. She was a strong girl and a fighter. I love people that don’t give up. The plot showed extreme promise and I actually really enjoyed the book until the plot went off the rails in a big way. I thought the author’s descriptions of Alison’s illness(Synesthesia) were well done, but I thought she did go a little too far with describing Alison’s senses and how they reacted. Just too much. It was a bit overdone.

I don’t know how to put it any other way. I just didn’t like it. I don’t like giving bad reviews. I feel bad because I know how much heart and soul went into this piece of literature and any other book I read. I guess it just comes down to personal preference. The twist was just too crazy for me. A purple people eater would’ve been more believable. I had about eight pages left to read and I just gave up. I skimmed the last fifty anyway. But maybe you will like it. Reviews are subjective anyway. I don’t care for sci-fi and to me, it was written in an extremely deceiving way. The synopsis shows no mention of science fiction and the entire book, up until the twist is not science fiction at all! It really does come at you out of nowhere. And it’s a shame it ended this way. But I’m only one person, and many other people liked it. So try it for yourself I guess. It just wasn’t for me.

And I know this review was kind-of short and pretty lame and pathetic, but I don’t know what else to say. It was just a complete and utter trainwreck plot with really great writing.

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