REVIEW: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

The Blurb: 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.

The Short Stick: Sticky fear mixed with the sensation of falling and the color of puke.

The Goods: Forget about red being red for a minute. They say red is angry, that it means anger, but what does red taste like or smell like or feel like? What about yellow or green or blue? If they had a number what number would they be? That’s pretty much this entire book. Someone speaks and it tastes like chalk across a tongue, or they move a certain way and it’s nails against a chalkboard. The book itself is a backwards sensory experience and it’s easy to get lost in all of those sensations. Behind it is an awesome main character, Alison is pretty much one of my fav. main characters ever, and she’s surrounded by idiots. Except for Faraday.

The Not So Goods: This isn’t contemporary YA. I thought it was supposed to be and was confused when it made the switch from contemporary to sci-fi in such a way that you kinda feel like your brain is oozing out the side of your head. And it tastes like green. I was kinda disturbed by some of the kissing scenes, like really, they’re gonna kiss now? I was also disturbed by some of the psychological stuff but that’s just me. I’m not a fan of psychiatrists. Otherwise, the ending will throw you, and I’m otherwise unimpressed by how it ended, and was unimpressed by who Faraday turned out to be.

Rating: 4/5

Other Stuff:
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they were way more than real. Alison most of the time smelled like different things. Lavender comes to mind.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, Alison is awesome!
Jace Factor: Pass, Faraday is pretty hot for awhile. And then later he made me want to throw up.
Primrose Factor: Fail, we lost someone I would have preferred to keep and kept someone I thought was gone.
Potter Factor: Pass, nobody writes about synethesia, it’s a very rare and interesting condition.
Cheese Factor: Pass, not too many of them although Kirk bothered me.
Bible Factor: Pass, there was enough religion.
Temperature: 80 degrees, some kissing, and with Alison’s senses going wild it was kinda awesome.

Recommendation: Read it if you’re anybody because everyone should read this book at least once and then go outside and listen to the trees sing.


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