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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ultraviolet - R. J. Anderson

Released September 2011

R. J. Anderson
Lerner Books

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

After coming home with blood on her hands and babbling that she made a girl from her school, Tori, disintegrate, Alison is sent to a mental institution for teenagers. No one has seen Tori since that day, but police cannot arrest Alison without proof.

Alison knows she's different. Every letter of the alphabet and every person in the world has a different color or taste. Does she really have the powers to make someone disappear forever or is there something else going on?

I really liked Ultraviolet. First, it brings awareness to a condition known as synesthesia, possibly it's better to call this an ability, where people do view people and the words they say in terms of color and taste. It's amazing to think that type of person exists and they apparently do. According to the brief research I did, Billy Joel, Franz Liszt, Nikola Tesla and Duke Ellington are a small sampling of people with this condition.

The mystery involving Tori's disappearance does keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Nothing is revealed until Alison begins to remember the events from that day. Due to her upbringing, Alison hides her condition, and that is understandable, but it's also leads to her being able to discover what really happened that day. This isn't a mystery that is easily solved. There are twists that the reader won't see coming. In the end, I'm not sure I like where the story led, but I think many readers will love that twist.

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