Double Monster Review: Ultraviolet

Double Monster Review: UltravioletUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Series: Ultraviolet #1
Published by Carolrhoda Lab on September 1st 2011
Pages: 306

"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.



Ultraviolet is not your typical young adult novel. It oozes originality, guts, and something else that I cannot put my finger on.

The last thing Allison remembers is fighting with Queen B, Tori. After that, all the the details get really fuzzy. And when Allison wakes up and realizes that she is in a mental institution she knows that something does not quite add up.

Looking at the summary for Ultraviolet, it seems a pretty tame YA offering. Mystery, and teen angst seem a given. But beneath the surface there are many details that I was not expecting. So let's start with what I was expecting.

I have already expressed the mystery idea. And yes, Ultraviolet has a nice mystery thread. Why is Allison really committed? What happened to Tori? But these questions and their respective answers are just the tip of the iceberg. Now, I do not want to spoil anything so I will try to be as vague as I can be. Technically speaking, the answer has a lot to do with Allison's gifts. And wow, these are some interesting gifts. So interesting that I would love to experience them for just a day.

As to what I wasn't expecting. That is a totally different topic. And I will give Anderson credit for giving just the right amount of clues. But boy, I did not see the twist coming. I had an inkling, but never in a million years thought I would be right. Does the twist fit in with the novel? Eh, I am not too sure. But it certainly caught me off guard.

Ultraviolet was so much better than I was hoping it would be. There are talks of a sequel, which leaves me pretty optimistic that the whole twist can be better fleshed out. And I would love to see how Anderson plans to make all plot threads come together.


I must say, this was a book that surprised me. I connected right away to the storyline, having had some problems in high school and spending some time in the same type of setting this book was set in. Allison has woken up remembering that she may have murdered a girl, in a way that can't be possible.

As the novel moves along, you find that the girl Tori has actually disappeared and Allison has to figure out what has happened. Allison is unusual, having a gift that makes her sound as crazy as the people she is surrounded by. She begins to feel more hopeful when she finds someone who understands her abilities to see things others can't or rather, in a way others cannot.

I loved the twists and turns in this book. Anderson does a fantastic job of putting us in Allison's head and feeling how horrible it has been to keep this secret her whole life. I loved the twists and turns and definitely did not think it would turn out the way it did at the end.

I hope there is a sequel for I really want to read more.

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4 responses to “Double Monster Review: Ultraviolet

  1. Liz. R

    I loved this one! I really liked the twist, and just thought it was such a great, original book. There is gonna be sequel, and I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks for your reviews :).

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