Title: Ultraviolet
Author: R J Anderson
Genre: SF, TeenKid
Copyright: 2011
Ranking: Excellent
LibraryThing: Title:Ultraviolet ISBN:978-1-4083127-5-9 (Add Book)
Type: Owned
As the oily slick across my senses thinned, colours and shapes crept into my awareness. Faint blue splashes of footsteps on tile, the dry buzz of air conditioning, a silken ribbon of murmurs outside my door. Muffled thumps from the end of the corridor felt like cotton puffs dropping onto my forehead, until they ended in a sandpaper rasp of, "Nurse!"

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.

  • (2) Ultraviolet completed M Start:2013-3-29 End:2013-3-30 (sf)
    Must read R J Anderson's latest (not-Faery) book


The original short story upon which this was based was one of the first things by Rebecca Anderson I'd ever read, and it demonstrated her calibre as a writer. I was expecting to like this novel just as much as I liked the short story; I was not expecting to like it more. But I do; it's deeper and wider, more heart-wrenching, more questioning.

What hasn't changed is the fantastic descriptive prose that paints a multi-sensory picture that turns even waking up into poetry (see quote above).

The tag under the title on the cover is "Everything you believe is wrong"; and while there were certain things I anticipated due to foreknowledge (of the aforementioned story), others surprised me in a good way. There is knowledge, there is self-knowledge, and there is assumption. All of these are challenged, in one way or another.

I think one thing I come away with from this novel is that everyone has their own stories, and they aren't always what you think they are.

Read it. And bring a tissue.