Monday, March 23, 2015

An Uncommon Blue: A Review

Goodreads (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 Review:

This was such a fun story. It had been a while since I have read a futuristic/dystopian type story, because the last was so incredibly boring and just a repeat of everything I have read so far.

Thankfully, An Uncommon Blue was a page turner for me. I finished it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! I loved the growth I saw in Bruno. It may only be the first book, but Bruno went from being a high and mighty blue, to a kind and compassionate multicolored fire. He had his whole life planned, and it was a good life. It wasn't until he was caught in a crime of self defense that his life turns upside down--which caused him to reevaluate his motivation.

I loved Bruno's Granny. She set Bruno straight by reminding him that his parents would be proud of him for doing what's right, not the prestigious career Bruno once wanted.

The writing was fast paced. Ryan did a great job of showing me Bruno's world without simply telling me. It was fun discovering this world where fire determined who you are and how Bruno overcomes it.

This was certainly fantastic adventure! There were twists and turns I totally wasn't expecting. Ryan's writing is amazing and this world he created is intriguing. What would you do if your caste was determined by the fire in your palm?

I had the chance to meet Ryan at the American Night Writers Association (ANWA) Conference. He was a great guy and it was fun getting to know him. I look forward to reading his future books.

I give this a 5 out of 5!!
ANWA Con--Ryan, Me, (my critique group gang) Sarah, Sydney, Jordan

My Signed Copy


  1. This is a new one for me but it sounds fabulous and yay for a five star review!

  2. Love it when there are some lovely grannies in books

  3. Love it! I love the picture of you at the conference.

  4. I'm glad you liked this one. I thought it was a creative plot and I enjoyed it as well. How fun that you got to go to the conference!