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An Uncommon Blue by R.C. Hancock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to review
Genre: YA Dystopia
Book Description: In Télesphore, the glowing color of a person’s palm determines their place in society, and touching hands with another mixes the colors permanently. When sixteen-year-old Bruno accidentally kills a royal soldier, he goes from favored to fugitive. Now Bruno's only chance at survival is to become someone else. That means a haircut, a change of wardrobe, and most important, getting rid of his once cherished Blue. Now he’s visiting parts of town he never knew existed, and making friends with people he would've crossed the street to avoid only weeks ago. At the last minute, Bruno’s parents arrange a deal to clear his name and get his life back. All Bruno has to do is abandon those in the Red slums that look to him as a leader and let an innocent Green boy die in his place.
My thoughts: Bruno lives in a world where the quality of your life depends upon the color of you fire. He is a blue, as such he can live in the best neighborhood, become a surgeon, and be considered as a first class citizen.
On the day of a big rugby game and testing in school, Bruno meets a young boy who changes the color of his fire. He has been painted and through unfortunate events, becomes a fugitive.
I always enjoy a book where society has gone terribly wrong and someone realizes it and takes initiative to change things. Bruno becomes a reluctant hero. He didn't set out to be a catalyst for change, but finds himself in the position.
While the premise of the plot may sound confusing in the description, it makes sense the way that R.C. Hancock presents it. I found myself captivated in the story from the very beginning.
This is a great book for anyone who loves a dystopian story. There is action and a little bit of romance. It looks like there are more books to come. I look forward to reading more from R.C. Hancock.
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About the Author: RC (Really Cool) Hancock began his writing career with a story about a dead cat which his second grade teacher thought was brilliant. Convincing others of his literary genius has taken longer than expected, but along the road he has acquired a lovely wife, four entertaining ankle-biters (who, thankfully, look more like their mother), and a degree from BYU in Recreational Management & Youth Leadership (which means he’s really good at having fun.) An Uncommon Blue is his first novel.