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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
Ultraviolet is a genre-bending novel that has elements of the paranormal, psychological mystery and science fiction all rolled up into a very compelling read. Anderson’s descriptions of her protagonist’s synesthesia are seamlessly interwoven into the story, and Alison is dogged in her determination to get out of the mental institution and figure out what happened to send her there to begin with.
Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution, convinced that she’s killed Tori Beaugrand, the most popular girl in school. Since she can see colors and taste lies, Alison isn’t sure what’s going on, all she knows is that she isn’t crazy and that she needs to clear her name. Her mother is distant, her psychiatrist is medicating her into a state of near-permanent mental fuzziness and Alison can’t connect with anyone — that is, until a young doctor arrives to do a study and puts a name to Alison’s sensory condition: synesthesia. And then everything is turned on its head as the truth of Alison’s situation is weirder and more amazing than anyone could possibly have predicted — including Alison herself. (CAROLRHODA, Sep., 306 pp., $17.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: September 2011