Whoa. This book. I am beyond impressed.
I am terribly happy that I had the privilege to read this book unspoiled, knowing nothing at all about the beginning, middle, or ending of the story. That’s the best way to read it, in my opinion. So I should tell you now to stay away from Ultraviolet’s Goodreads page or at least don’t click any of the spoiler links. As for me, I will do my best not to give anything away in this review.
Ultraviolet’s main character and narrator is Alison. Her voice paired with Anderson’s beautiful writing was enough to make me fall head-over-heels with this book. I don’t quite know how to describe Anderson’s prose style because I’ve never encountered anything like it before. Granted, there were a few overkills, but the narrative was mostly rich and colorful, like my imagination’s favorite candy. I am also genuinely surprised with where the author took the story. I never would have been able to guess that this was a Science Fiction novel from the first pages. It reads like a paranormal suspense thriller, and all the better too, because this unique way of easing us into the Sci-Fi part of the plot intensifies the effect of all the major plot revelations when they happen. It’s so unique and different and honestly, I love it.
Aside from her gorgeous writing style, Anderson also wins plus points for her characterization. Every character in this book is solid, vivid, and important – in a way that all did something to move the plot along, they had significant roles to play to add volume to the story. Even now, I can actually imagine them as real people, going on about their business somewhere in the world. Additionally, I liked that Anderson dabbled at a medical/psychological condition that isn’t common. It added texture to the plot, and the role that it plays in the story is enchanting, to say the least.
All in all, I thought that this book was original. Anderson took the cliched and the stereotypical and twisted and bent those elements into something more – something worthy of note, something masterful. I really, really loved this book, and though I am not such a fan of the romantic subplot (hence, the 4 over 5), I still think that this is quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read this year. Engaging, unputdownable, entertaining, and intense, this book is definitely a must read in my opinion. I highly recommend Ultraviolet to everyone who loves a good YA novel. And now I can’t wait to begin reading it’s sequel, Quicksilver.