This is a fascinating look at the psyche of a teen who has grown up knowing she was different then the rest of the world. When her arch nemesis goes missing after a fight between them, Alison is sure that somehow her unnaturalness has disintegrated her. I knew what Allison's condition was before she and her doctors figured it out, but it was certainly easy to see how it could be missed. (It made me wonder how often this kind of thing is missed in adolescent psychiatry.) I can't imagine being a teen in a Psychiatric Ward. Being a teenager is hard enough without having someone prodding around your life and probing your motivations and feelings all the time. Alison's journey is tumultuous as she learns more about the system of which she is a prisoner, her abilities, and herself.
Ms. Anderson's writing reminded me a lot of Madeleine L'Engle for a more mature audience. Her story telling is captivating and so are her characters. It is fascinating viewing the world through Alison's perspective and even more interesting as her perception of herself and others begins to change. It's startling, but refreshing to see Alison realize how other's perceive her and how being so concerned about her differences has isolated her in ways she never knew. I also love the fact that the story is set in Ontario and that Ms. Anderson doesn't feel the need to apologize for it by explaining things to bits. Although Ms. Anderson took the ending in a different direction than I would have preferred, it was well done and nothing I hold against her or her work.
This is not RJ Anderson's first work and now that I've discovered her, I am putting the YA fantasy series she has written, Faery Rebel, on my ever growing TBR wishlist. Ultraviolet is set to come out in September, and if you love YA, I highly recommend you put it on your wishlist as well!
Final Take: 4.5/5