Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Allison finds herself in a mental institution two weeks after she remembers dissolving a fellow classmate who is now missing.  Certain that she can't possibly be remembering right, Allison goes along with her institutionalization while trying to figure out what really happened to Tori.  Allison has always been different in that she can see the colors of letters and numbers and can taste when someone is lying.  She has always heard a buzzing noise coming from Tori and sees a tattoo-like mark on Tori's arm that no one else can see.  Allison's fears about her sanity are relieved when a new doctor tells her that she has synesthesia which explains her special abilities.  But all is not well and Tori's disappearance is beginning to seem like there are bigger forces at work, forces that can't be explained by logical thought.  This book keeps the reader off balance throughout, unsure of what is really going on with Allison.  The final third of the book is good, but almost a different story from what is happening at the beginning of the story despite the foreshadowing that occurs earlier.  Still, a unique story that kept me interested throughout.