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Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet #1) by R.J. Anderson

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 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?"

My Review:

This book took me by surprise, especially towards the end. Very unexpected, and very gratifying. This isn't your typical YA book, of which I was relieved of sappy romances and irresponsible adolescents. The first few chapters sealed me right away and I fell into the book's unique and wondrous expressions, imagery and descriptiveness.

"Once upon a time there was a girl who was extraordinary. She could hear colors, and see sounds, and taste the difference between truth and lies. But hardly anybody knew that, and she preferred to keep it that way." (302)

I was so caught up in the descriptive phrases and seeing how Alison metamorphosed, that the sudden plot twist really caught me off guard. With this change, I started thinking maybe it was getting a bit silly (I've never been a big Sci-Fi buff) but I kept reading and it all mashed up really well. It would do really well as a stand-alone book, but I'm excited that it is a series and I really look forward to Quicksilver.

First Line: "Once upon a time there was a girl who was special." (2)

Last Line: "This is my story." (303)

"Dark chocolate, poured over velvet: that was how his voice tasted. I wanted him to follow me around and narrate the rest of my life." (101)

"I'd felt pain before, but nothing like this. It felt like I was being eaten alive by horseflies and regurgitated one chunk at a time through a glass tube the diameter of a baby's hair--only the tube seemed to go on forever and the horseflies never stopped biting." (242)

"'Every time you show your feelings, you apologize. Have you ever had an emotion in your life that you weren't ashamed of?'" (286)

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Hardcover303 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Carolrhoda Books (first published June 2nd 2011)
ISBN: 0761374086
 (ISBN13: 9780761374084)
edition language:           English

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