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Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
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Apr 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: earcs

This book really should have gotten 3 1/2 stars, but I decided to average up for the sake of the writing, which was quite good aside from some cliches. The main character, Alison, has synesthesia, and that condition is remarkably well described here. It doesn't sound fantastic or strange when we experience synesthesia through her eyes. Kudos for that. It was an interesting sensation to imagine what life must be like for people whose senses are intertwined.

However, the twist of this book left me a little cold. Here comes the spoiler--
(view spoiler) I will admit that the story is well told after the twist--it doesn't go off on an unbelievable sci-fi tangent. But just like Shutter Island, this story answered another question than the one I was hoping for. It's not a badly answered question, but I really wanted something different.

If you appreciate what's mentioned in the spoiler tags, then by all means read this story. The synesthesia descriptions alone are worth it. I liked the writing, even if it took me a while to realize the book took place in Canada (where? Is it ever mentioned?). I just wish it had a different ending. I'll keep an eye out for more by this author, though.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
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Reading Progress

April 4, 2011 – Started Reading
April 4, 2011 – Shelved
April 4, 2011 – Shelved as: earcs
April 4, 2011 –
page 13
April 5, 2011 –
page 80
19.28% "I can't imagine what it must be like to live with synasthesia. Fast read so far."
April 6, 2011 –
page 290
April 6, 2011 – Finished Reading

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