Review: Ultraviolet by R J Anderson


Okay so I’m reading about four books at the moment so I figured in the meantime I’ll post a review of a book I read a while ago. I bought when I got my first debit card which must’ve been two years ago now and it was actually the first purchase I made with it.

The first book I read by R J Anderson was actually ‘Knife’ which came out in 2009 and I absolutely loved it. She wrote a couple more books in that series and then published ‘Ultraviolet’ which was a different story – Sixteen year old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teenagers, having murdered the most 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 can’t explain what happened, one minute she was fighting with Tori and the next Tori disintegrated.

I’m pretty sure that was all I knew about the book when I bought it and I was really looking forward to it. It starts off really well and I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t put the book down. We follow Alison as she tries to figure out what happened between her and Tori and if she’s truly losing her mind. Then we meet Dr Faraday who believes her story and tries to help her. We can all see where this is going.

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Despite knowing that Alison was slowly falling for Dr Faraday I was really enjoying the story. I wanted to know what had really happened to Tori and if Alison was going to make it out of the mental institute. R J Anderson has a good writing style and the characters felt real if that makes any sense. It was pretty difficult to put this book down. Until… The plot twist.

Obviously I don’t want to give away the plot twist or too much of the end of the story but I didn’t like it. The rest of the book is absolutely amazing but the moment I got to the plot twist I just got irritated and lost most of my interest in the story – which really sucks because up until that point I was certain it was going to be my favourite book!

After Ultraviolet, Anderson wrote the sequel called ‘Quicksilver’ which I can’t even review because I found it so dull. It took me over a year to finally finish it and I really couldn’t get into it.

I guess I would recommend this book because other people might not find the plot twist irritating. However, I would really recommend the ‘Knife’ series by her – all of them, especially the first book, were interesting and kept me hooked.


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