Bistro Book Club

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (3 reviews)

anthony,    16  
R. J. Anderson  
Ultraviolet  
LAB    2011

        This is the very first book I've read on the topic of synesthesia although it is not the first time I've ever heard of it. this book follows sixteen year old alison who thinks her synesthesia blew up a classmate and she has ended up in a mental institution. she meets a doctor doing research on the subject and starts to realize that she isnt crazy. it was a really good book, a fast read, and i couldnt put it down once i started reading it.      

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Andrea F.,    18 
R.J. Anderson 
Ultraviolet 
Carolrhoda Lab    2011

        Alison has always known she is different. Metal clinking together produces gold sparks, numbers have colors, names have tastes. Her mother is terrified of her unusual senses, scared that it's a sign of insanity so Alison has learned to hide it. Her mother's fears appear to be proven true when Alison shows up one day with blood all over her hands, babbling that she blew up Tori, the most popular girl at school, with her mind after an argument. Alison is sent to a teen's psychiatric ward until the doctors can figure out what's wrong with her but one doctor is convinced that she's not insane. Instead Dr. Faraday thinks that she has synesthesia, a rare condition where the senses are crosswired with each other allowing a person to hear music from stars and know colors by touch. But Tori is still missing and Alison can't remember anything except Tori disappearing before her eyes. Then the book takes a sharp turn into sci fi and everything Alison believed about her world is turned on its head.

Ultraviolet is one of my favorite books written this year, probably of all time. An insane asylum book that refuses to stay an insane asylum book, a science fiction book that transcends science fiction. It feels as if it doesn't fit in any particular genre, instead it's a book that can be adored by many outside of the science fiction realm. Romance, familial conflict, questioning your own sanity, the way we perceive our world, and the beauty of the universe are all here. I savored this book like a gourmet chocolate or a perfect piece of music. 10/10.     
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Linsey,     15
R.J. Anderson
Ultraviolet
Carolrhoda Lab    2011

        Ultraviolet was a different type of book. Well, it’s about a sixteen year old girl named Alison who wakes up in a Mental Institution. And she is trying to put all the pieces of her mind together, and that she had confessed that she murdered a girl named Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl in school, that everybody loves and the teachers love as well. But her body has not been found, and Alison comes home saying I killed her.  Alison has something that not many have, and everything you believe in, is wrong. For years Alison has tried to keep her weird senses a secret, and has told no one about them.... until a  mysterious visiting scientist takes her case  and now she discovers the world she has lived in.... might not be the way she sees it now, and that the world is Wrong about  her special  weird sensory abilities. Now she is capable of doing things way more than anyone else can.    

Rating: 4 Better than most

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