Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: An Uncommon Blue by R.C. Hancock

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An Uncommon Blue, by R.C. Hancock
2014, 275p, YA Fantasy/Dystopia
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

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.

This book held my attention from the very beginning and I had a hard time putting it down until I was done! Bruno's life is all set until the day he is tricked into mixing colors with someone else. That action has a ripple effect that he could never have imagined. He ends up accidentally killing a soldier which then puts him on the run. He's a well liked athlete that has to leave everything behind. 

Bruno learned a lot while he was on the run: he learned who had his back, what life was like outside of his immediate circle and how others lived. I enjoyed reading about the people he met and their stories. I especially loved his family and was glad to see how much they helped him along. He had to make lots of decisions quickly and I wondered what consequences he'd have to deal with. 

It took me a while to figure out how this society worked and what the palm colors meant and I thought it was very creative. There were a few characters that I wasn't sure about for a while and the ending gave me new characters to wonder about.

Some parts were funny and others were sad and I was entertained the entire time. There were lots of twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming and the ending was surprising. There's definitely more to Bruno's story and I'm more worried for him now than I was when he was constantly on the run. I'm looking forward to book two!!

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.


Ryan said...

Thanks so much Melanie for this awesome review! I'm so glad you liked it, and will definitely contact you for book 2's tour! Thanks again for taking the time to read and review it!

Melanie said...

You're welcome and I'm excited to read more!

Unknown said...

Sounds fantastic! Great review Melanie!

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